I finally got a response to my email about Duke and can answer your
questions for you.
1. What percentage of early decision applicants to Duke get acccepted?
From what the admissions office reported back to me, it?s about the
same percentage as any other applicants. Those who qualify get
accepted. They stated their average acceptance rate was 65% to 70%
(out of the 10% that are early decision applicants as opposed to
regular decision) however; it does fluctuate term to term. Early
decision is a bit smaller percentage, thought they did not state how
much, only that it was a minimal difference. The difference between
the application processes is that they want to take students with a
strong academic record and who are COMMITTED to Duke very seriously,
so they give them a chance to be accepted early and get the first
?spot in line? so to speak.
If this is your choice, don?t forget to file part 1 of the application
by Oct. 1st and the application fee.
Don?t forget to file the rest by Nov 1st (postmark deadline)
2. Should I use the common application or Duke's own application (are
they really equal, or does one hold more "value")?
Both are equal, they cannot discriminate. The difference is that the
Duke Application cannot be submitted online and the common application
?We gladly accept the Common Application and give equal consideration
to students using the Common Application. You can submit the Common
Application to us electronically. Paper versions of the application
are available in high school guidance offices or can be downloaded
from the Common Application Web site. Remember, if you would like to
apply to Duke on-line, you must use the Common Application.?
(Common Application Information)
3. What are some highly recommended books that I could purchase to
faciliate the college application process?
Acing the College Application : How to Maximize Your Chances for
Admission to the College of Your Choice
This book has a 5 star review on Amazon.com and the author was in
admissions in Dartmouth.
How to Write a Winning College Application Essay, Revised 4th Edition
This book has a 5 star rating on Amazon.com and ?Mason knows what
admissions officers are looking for, and he knows what they dread (he
happens to be married to one).?
How to Get into the Top Colleges
This book has a 5 star rating on Amazon.com and ?Focusing on both the
nuts-and-bolts and strategic planning, Montauk takes students, step by
step, through the entire application process. Once students determine
their target schools-- with the help of detailed descriptions and
rankings--candid insider insights illuminate the unique mindset and
methods behind admissions. Through extensive examples of
recommendations, essays, and interviews, students will learn to shape
their credentials for effective self-marketing. And telling case
studies of typical applicants--with feedback from actual admissions
directors-- pinpoint the most common weaknesses and ways to improve
Get into Any College : Secrets of Harvard Students
This book has a 4 and ½ star rating on Amazon.com and ?This is an
unusual and excellent book on the subject. It was written by two very
young adults who recently went through this grueling college admission
process and succeeded beyond anyone wildest dreams. Indeed, the two
coauthors were accepted to every school they applied including Harvard
and all the other Ivy League schools. They also won over $100,000 in
merit based scholarships. So, these guys are unquestionably the champs
of the college admission game. They are the Michael Jordan of the
college admission set.?
On Writing the College Application Essay
This book has a 4 and ½ star rating on Amazon.com and ?Bauld gives
entertaining and thought-provoking methods of accomplishing the task.
His use of examples and corresponding responses from admissions
officers is excellent. Despite the title, this book has value for
anyone preparing to write.?
A Is for Admission : The Insider's Guide to Getting into the Ivy
League and Other Top Colleges
This book has a 4 and ½ star rating on Amazon.com and ?Plenty of
college admission guides promise to help students crack the Ivy
League, but few of these have detailed knowledge to back up their
advice. Michele Hernandez, on the other hand, is the ultimate insider.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth College, she also worked as
Dartmouth's assistant director of admissions for four years.?
4. Also, are there any elite/excellent/well-known college counselors
in the San Francisco Bay Area (as close to Atherton, 94027 as
Diane Grant Albrecht M.S., CEP
Cathedral Hill Office Building
1255 Post Street
San Francisco CA 94109
Business Phone: 415-928-1562
college application counselors san francisco
I also used Duke?s website for contact info (to email them for
information) and information on the admission process.
I used Amazon.com for a search for high ranked books on your subject.
If this answer requires further explanation, please request
clarification before rating it, and I'll be happy to look into this
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