1st Edition

Surviving the College Application Process A Pocket Research and Planning Guide For Students

By Jennifer Romano Copyright 2024
    112 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    The college admissions landscape and the steps to apply can be overwhelming and confusing! This mini guide is a quick resource highlighting key components to consider in the effort to decode and demystify the college application process for the college-bound student and their family.

    Covering topics such as essential application components, standardizing testing, personal statements, and financial aid, Surviving the College Application Process is your secret weapon for navigating the college research, planning, and selection process.

    Light-hearted and accessible, this book can be read from cover to cover or referenced as needed by college-bound students, their families, school counselors, and anyone interested in post-secondary education.


    Part 1: Where to apply?

    1 College-bound for everyone?

    2 Trends of a forever-changing college landscape

    3 Two-year vs. four-year colleges

    4 Alternative post-secondary pursuits—considering a gap year, immersion programs, travel abroad, or full-year college deferments

    Part 2: How to apply?

    5 Common-, coalition-, institution-based applications: What and how do they matter?

    6 Data-driven schools vs. holistic

    7 Admission types and deadlines

    8 The wave of selectivity: Reach, target, and safety

    9 When to test, what to test, how many times? 32

    10 Self-reported academic record (SRAR©/SSAR©)

    11 Alternative branch campuses and various semester starts (including summer)

    12 The value of spiked interest vs. well-rounded

    Part 3: The parts of the application

    13 The essay vs. personal statement

    14 Value of the LORs (letters of recommendation)

    15 Social media and email etiquette

    16 What schools look at: Major-specific

    17 World language

    Part 4: After the application

    18 You’ve been deferred or wait-listed. . . . Now what?

    19 Transferability vs. apply direct

    20 Applying undecided—developmental studies

    21 ROTC and service academy candidates

    22 Athletes and athletic division I/II and III considerations and recruitment

    23 Paying for college

    24 ACCUPLACER®/ALEKS® placement exams

    25 “Thank you”: The power of a great attitude = gratitude

    Part 5: After acceptance

    26 Mental health and balance

    27 Disabilities: SSD and SDI

    28 Senioritis—finishing strong

    29 Preparing for successful arrival on campus


    Jennifer Romano is a high school counselor with over 18 years of experience helping students achieve academic, social, and personal success through their unique lens as they navigate post-secondary goals.