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How to Get Into College

November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

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• Start researching colleges early.

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• Think about your values and preferences (e.g., large vs. small; urban vs. pastoral) and look for colleges that fit.

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• Talk to college counselors, older friends, relatives and others who may have insight into the schools you're considering.

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• Develop a system for tracking deadlines and paperwork.

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• Consider whether a test-prep course would be of benefit.

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• Visit your top choices. Attend classes and talk to the students.

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• Try to keep perspective and maintain balance.

Study Aids

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• "Best 357 Colleges, 2005 Edition" (Princeton Review).

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• "U.S. News Ultimate College Guide 2005" -- these famous college rankings are considered the bible to some, pornography to others.

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• "Fiske Guide to Colleges 2005," by Edward Fiske (Sourcebooks).

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• "Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That Is Best for You," by Jay Mathews (Three Rivers Press).

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• Campusdirt.com -- students comment on everything from the professors to parking.

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• Fastweb.com -- a comprehensive clearinghouse for scholarships.

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• Guideforparents.com -- helpful links on topics such as tests, admissions and financial aid.

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• Hillel.org -- provides a description of Jewish life on more than 500 campuses; also provides a link to financial aid for Jewish Students (previously known as FACETS).

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• Sinai Temple Road Trip: East Coast College Tour -- (310) 481-3232 or e-mail collegetrip@sinaitemple.org.

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