Did well in high school? Check. Strongly involved in your extracurriculars? Check. Aced your AP exams, and scored pretty high on your SAT’s? Double check.
More than likely if you fit the above, you probably have at least some aspiration to go to an Ivy League college. Maybe you’re not sure if you’ll get in, but you have the hope. The dream. If only you could maximize your chances. Do whatever you could do to just push your Ivy League college application just a little bit over the edge.
But where is this secret knowledge? What is this secret insider information? How can you find out EXACTLY what else you can possibly do, when you turn on your computer and sit down this year to apply to your list of schools.
Read. That’s my answer, to parents and students alike. Find out. Research the information.
The following books are the top 5 books in their field which give you many, many examples of what a successful Harvard, Yale and Stanford college application essay actually looks like — and there are lots of examples from which to access and learn.
The important thing to remember though, is that while I do recommend reading these books, in the end, you need to read and then DIVERT from what you just read. In other words, you need to be unique in your own approach. An individual in terms of what YOU decide to talk about in your essay and reveal.
Believe me, the admissions officers at each of these schools are aware that these books are out there, and are familiar with the essays they contain. You must make yours DIFFERENT, both in structure and certainly content, but understanding what exactly makes a strong (successful) essay, can be a very powerful first step towards your Ivy League college application success!
So, with no more delay, the following are the top 5 books I recommend all rising college seniors read, or at least flip through, as they begin their college application process this summer.
Click on the books themselves for the larger links. And, the winners of this year’s recommended Ivy League College Admissions books are:
And, Book #5:
Remember, these books are just a jumping off place. A starting spot. In the end, you need to find what exactly makes you stand out on your own, and what makes YOU unusual and unique. Try to think about what makes a college admissions officer want to say, “Wow, this student BELONGS here, and I would hate to lose him or her to another rival Ivy League school.”