Book Recommendation Series: The third Monday of every month, we recommend good books on learning and the college process.Now in its fourth edition, Admission Matters is an excellent overview of the college admissions process by Sally P. Springer, Jon Reider, and Joyce Vining Morgan.
Keep in mind: I literally grew up at a college, I worked at a college for 20 years, and my wife was a college admissions officer.
This is the sixth of the books about college that I’ve recommended, and together they address everything you could possibly need to know about college.
To review, here they all are, in the order that I recommend you read them.
This Book Will Not Be on the Test – Seriously, read my book first to learn what really goes on at American colleges today and how to actually get your money’s worth. Try not to be alarmed.
Admission Matters – Then read this nuts-and-bolts description of how college admissions is supposed to work.
What Colleges Don’t Tell You – Now you’re ready for this scandalous encyclopedia of how to bend and exploit the rules, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Stairway to College Heaven – When it comes time to think about preparing to apply, start with this whimsical yet remarkably informative – both factually and emotionally – overview of the application process.
What You Don’t Know Can Keep You Out of College – Before writing any essays, read these 14 rules governing what not to do, so that you don’t accidentally get yourself blacklisted.
On Writing the College Application Essay – Finally, savor this amazing book on writing great essays and carry its lessons with you always, in all of your future writing endeavors.