SOCIAL SCIENCES

College Admissions Cracked: Saving Your Kid (and Yourself) from the Madness

Little, Brown Spark. Aug. 2019. 320p. index. ISBN 9780316420525. pap. $19.99ebk. ISBN 9780316420549. ED
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This book comes at a time when college admissions are experiencing even more controversy than usual. Federal prosecutors recently charged 50 people, including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, of conspiring to have their unqualified children admitted to elite schools. Needless to say, getting into college is high stakes. Addressing primarily readers in middle and higher income brackets, Shulman, the founder of a college essay coaching service, tries to reduce anxiety and dispel confusion in this conversational, matter-of-fact work. The author walks readers through her journey as a field professional and the mother of a high school student. Unfortunately, this title contains several errors. For instance, the chapter on college costs suggests that parents use the Net Price Calculator available on college websites. However, findings from a recent report (University of Pennsylvania’s “Questioning the Calculations”) reveal several inaccuracies and problems with the tool. Still, the author offers solid advice overall.
VERDICT While there are many books on this topic, parents and students will find Shulman’s monthly schedules and to-do lists very helpful.

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