What can applicants do to increase their chances of getting in to a good college? Colleges usually just tell applicants the same old generalities about wanting students with good grades and test scores and community service. But Peter Van Buskirk, a former admissions dean at Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster, Pa., has started spilling the beans about what really goes on behind those closed-door admissions meetings. Van Buskirk, author of Winning the College Admission Game, tells U.S. News how taking an extra test or community college course in the fall, for example, can make the difference between a thin and fat envelope the following spring. Read the complete article online.

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