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Campus Visits and College Interviews [Paperback]

The College Board

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July 3 2012 0874479886 978-0874479881 Third Edition
Campus Visits and College Interviews from The College Board teaches you how to get the most out of your campus visits, and get the stress out of your college interviews.

Updated to give the pros and cons of college Web sites and "virtual visits," and reformatted with easy-to-use charts and checklists, this quick and handy guide will help you get the right impression during your visit and make the right impression during your interview. It tells you the best times to visit; what to look for while you're there; what questions to expect during your interview; what questions you should ask; and more.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: College Board; Third Edition edition (July 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874479886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874479881
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #446,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The College Board has played a significant role in American education since 1900. Its members include virtually all colleges in the country and a growing number of high schools. Their faculties and administrators serve as advisers and supporters of College Board activities, giving the organization a level of authoritativeness that no other publisher can match. The College Board is the leader in the field of college information and test preparation publications. The College Board College Handbook has been published since 1941 and is widely recognized for its accuracy and comprehensiveness; as the sponsor of the SATs, the Board also publishes the most authoritative and respected book on preparing for the SAT -- 10 Real SATs.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in-depth guide to campus visit enhancement and to effective college interviews July 28 2012
By Shirley Bloomquist - Published on
This updated guide communicates the essentials of an effective college visit as well as websites appropriate for today's high school student. The authors suggest helpful websites such as and for students. There is much more than valuable tips for interviews. The Schneiders offer thoughtful questions for students to ponder as they learn about themselves and thus how they can present their best selves in an interview. A special section for the shy student is unique and worthwhile too.

Parents, students and professionals will find this a very useful and valuable book.
Shirley Bloomquist, Great Falls VA
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Use early in the college search Aug. 3 2009
By Girlscout63 - Published on
This book contains very basic information and designed for parents and kids who don't really understand the college application process. One chapter is called, " How to read a College Catalog" 8th graders and Freshman students who are early in the college search would most benefit by reading this book. If your Ivy league material, I doubt you need this book.
The book itself, is written in a straight forward, simple,clear and concise, many pages are checklists with bullet formating. My high school freshman daughter who was clueless about how to pick a college used the book as a guide. We found it helpful and worth the money.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable resource Oct. 3 2012
By Shelley Levine - Published on
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This new edition provides practical advice and information on visiting colleges, performing college searches, when to visit, college visit follow-up and more. I am an educational consultant and recommend that all of my students/families read this book. It is a valuable resource and a great read for every high school student involved in the college search and selection process. Thank you Ms. Schneider for this new edition. I appreciate your thorough research!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars useful preparation for visits & interviews July 26 2012
By Ruth Perlstein - Published on
This book offers excellent preparation for college visits and interviews. Particularly useful are the lists of questions to ask and expect, checklists,and tips for interviewing for the shy applicant.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Outdated - don't waste your money! Feb. 4 2011
By JS - Published on
The book has a few generic attempts to add website info to the 1987 edition, but it remains terribly inadequate. A complete rewrite would have been a much better idea!

It still contains extremely bad advice, such as Chapter 16, "Questions to Ask your Interviewers", where it suggests asking:

- How would you characterize the majority of students?
If we're talking an alumnus interviewer who graduated 10 years ago, how could they possibly answer this
with any degree of accuracy??

- What region do the majority of students come from?
All the popular college guides (Barron's, US News) give the percentage of students from each region of the US
and abroad. And most of the college websites give this info as well. Why would you ask a question that any
simpleton should have known before showing up for the interview, and that the interviewer won't have
memorized in numerical detail to answer you?

- What are the percentages of students from cities, suburbs, rural areas, and small towns?
Some college websites give this type of info, but whether the website does or not, how in the world could
you expect the interviewer to have such detailed figures memorized just in case you'd ask this question?

- What religious clubs are on campus? Do they conduct activities?
The colleges all pretty much have comprehensive lists online of their clubs for religious groups,
minorities, and every special interest. Their activities are usually detailed on the web pages as well.
Why would you ask a question that shows you've been too lazy to peruse that section of their website
before this interview?

- What percentage of the student body is comprised of minorities? Do they have any clubs?
This data is detailed in all the popular college guide (Barron's, US News), and on many college
websites. Why would one reveal one's laziness or ignorance by asking an interviewer this question?

- What is the percentage of foreign students?
This is detailed in every popular college guide (Barron's, US News), as well as on every college's
website. Why reveal your laziness or ignorance by asking an interviewer this question?

You'd be much better off buying a book written in the past couple of years, but DEFINITELY DON'T BUY THIS ONE!

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