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book reviews

June, 2012

VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates), the leading library journal dedicated to the needs of young adult librarians.

adMISSION POSSIBLE: The "Dare to Be Yourself" Guide for Getting into the Best College for You. Sourcebooks, 2012. 272p. $16.99 978-1-4022-6331-6. 

Shaevitz compiles her years of experience guiding students through the college admissions process into this comprehensive work. In the same way that college admissions officers view applicants, Shaevitz's guide looks at the students holistically, offering advice for students from their freshman through senior year on how to be an appealing candidate for admission and how to decide which college is the right fit. Some of these topics include extracurricular activities, standardized tests, college visits, and admissions essays.

The great thing about this resource is that it takes a process that is daunting for all involved and breaks it down, organizing it into manageable chunks. Furthermore, Shaevitz does an admirable job of taking all her audiences into consideration. For instance, she speaks not only to the student but also directly to parents about how they can help their children. She also acknowledges underprivileged students who may not have ample resources available to them and may have to work to support their families. This reference guide will make an excellent purchase for individual students, parents of high school students, school counseling offices, and public and high school libraries. It is highly recommended. — Cheryl Clark


May 3, 2012

The Chicago Tribune, Special Teen Section, The Mash.

'adMISSION POSSIBLE' makes college process less intimidating
By Jessenia Martinez, Benito Juarez

There are many books out there to guide you through the process of preparing for college. "Admission Possible" by Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz is a perfect match for those who want a simple explanation of the play-by-play steps with timelines and checklists to keep you on track.

Shaevitz begins with a different approach than most college prep books by talking about preparing for college academically right from the start of high school. The steps to having a successful, stress-free application process all depends on the classes, activities and internships one takes through their four years in high school, she says.

Not only is this book great for students who are preparing for college, but it's great for parents as well. "Admission Possible" has helpful hints for students and parents to take into consideration when navigating the college process. It explains different standardized tests such as the ACT, PSAT and PLAN, as well as advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs and how thee things can help you.

Tip boxes are easily located on various pages and after every chapter in the book. There are also timelines within each chapter to help you know when to accomplish things on your checklist from freshman through senior year.

For example, the chapter on tests and test preparation has a list of all the standardized test students are expected to take along the way, what they cover and how you can prepare for them.

This book creates a straightforward approach to college prep and all of the things you might want to know, such as how to write a college resume, how to choose extracurricular activities, how to forge a great relationship with your high school counselor and more.

Having this book is like having your own private college admissions counselor to walk you through every little step and hold your hand.


April 27, 2012

Chronicle of Higher Education

adMISSION POSSIBLE selected by Nina Ayoub as one of nine "Selected New Books on Higher Education".


April, 2012

Gr9 Up

Shaevitz's suggestions and advice could prove invaluable for students and parents involved in the college-admissions process. The 15 chapters divide admissions into basic steps to use as a guide, beginning with the important high school academic preparation. Tips for sharpening and improving one's prospects include taking additional coursework through online or local colleges and participation in competitions, academic clubs, etc. The author makes suggestions for selecting extracurricular activities to enhance the application. Fostering good relationships with teachers, test preparation and finding colleges to consider and visit preced chapters covering early admission, different types of recommendations and what to say during interviews. – Susan Shave, Hemingford Public Schools, NE


upcoming Admission possible® events

Huffington Post
Ongoing Contributing Blogger, College Section
Marjorie is a regular contributor of college admissions topics for the Huffington Post. You can see her blogs at


Sunday, October 28, 3:30 pm
La Jolla Library Admissions Series, 7555 Draper Avenue, La Jolla California
"How to Make Your College Applications Just a Little Different and Better than the Competition's"


tv and radio archive

August 28, 2012
Appearance on San Diego Living, Channel 6 San Diego


May 22, 2012
11:30 AM
Interview with Sue Zimmermann, Grandparenting Today, WMKV-FM, Cincinnati, OH

1:00 PM
Interview with Michael Finkelstein, The Skillful Living Room, Business Talk Radio


May 14, 2012
Interview with Jay Young, Daybreak USA, IRN/USA Network (nationally syndicated radio program)


May 8, 2012
Interview with Maureen Cavanaugh, Midday Edition, KPBS Radio


April 24, 2012
Interview with Sue Zimmerman, Grandparenting Today, WMKV-FM, Cincinnati, OH.

Interview with Sara Jane Snyder, “Back Yard Show,” Radio Disney Philadelphia.


April 11, 2012
Interview with Jay Young, Daybreak USA, IRN/USA Network, nationally syndicated radio program.


April 5, 2012
10-11 AM
Best Ever Radio Show, Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino.


March 28, 2012
8:45 AM
WCBQ interview , Washington, DC/Raleigh, NC, Dr. Alvin Augustus Jones


March 26, 2012
1:40 PM
WDVN interview, Afternoon Show Atlanta, GA, Katie Davis


March 21, 2012
7:15 AM
Thursday morning news, Sunday Magazine, WIBC, Terri Stacey


March 8, 2012
8:45 PM
WRCT Pittsburgh, Neil Haley Total Education Network


March 24, 2012
Interview on 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - "Tips For Choosing Colleges" Listen here!


April 5, 2012
Interview with Neil Haley, Total Education Network Radio. Listen here!


December 15, 2011
Marjorie is part of PBS interview and news story about Michelle Rhee event in San Diego. She comments on the dearth of college admissions resources for underserved students. Listen here!


December 10, 2010
Marjorie offers 5 Tips for Admissions Success on Fox 5 News – Watch it here!


Admission possible in the news

April 26, 2013.
The adMISSION POSSIBLE® family is proud to announce that Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz received the "Neighborhood Hero Award" this week! Marjorie was presented with the honor on Monday, April 22 by San Diego Mayor Bob Filner for her dedicated service to the City of San Diego and her work with the San Diego Public Library's low income, underserved college admissions program, Admit One.

There are 30,000 volunteers among the various City of San Diego departments. 170 people were nominated for the award, and 40 finalists were selected to be honored. Out of that number, just 10 people were chosen to receive the Neighborhood Hero award; Marjorie was among them!

Our adMISSION POSSIBLE® team is so happy for Marjorie and her accomplishments It's great to see her receive recognition for the incredible work she's doing with San Diego's low income, underserved youth to help them fulfill their dream of going to college.

Click here for the photos!


September 19, 2012.
Maya Lau, a former student client of mine who went to Vassar and now works for the NY Times Magazine has quoted me rather extensively for "Past Forward: Why Students Still Want to Get Into 'Hot' Colleges". You can have a look at:


May 3, 2012.
La Jollan partners with Riford Library to help students navigate the college admission process, Pat Sherman, page A10, La Jolla Light.


April 25, 2012
“Top Five Things to Know When Applying to Universities”, College Career Connector


April 22, 2012
adMISSION POSSIBLE listed as #2 on Warwick’s top sellers (San Diego Union Tribune).


April 21, 2012
“Tips To Help You Get Into The Best Colleges,”


Week of April 8-14, 2012
Mentions about Warwicks book launch in the San Diego Union Tribune Author events, San Diego City Beat, Voices of San Diego (hard copy and online).


April 8, 2012
Tom Blair, writer for San Diego Union Tribune mentions book and book launch in his column.


April 3, 2012
Diane Bell, writer for San Diego Union Tribune mentions book and book launch in her column.


April 1, 2012
adMISSION POSSIBLE is 1945 in Best Selling books and #2 in College Guides.


March 22, 2012

adMISSION POSSIBLE® Launches Free College Admissions Guides for Families

With College Application Deadlines Quickly Approaching, adMISSION POSSIBLE® Releases Free Updated Tools and Information to Help Parents and Families Through the StressfulCollege Application Process

La Jolla, California – With just a couple of months left for high school students to submit their applications to colleges, adMISSION POSSIBLE® announced today the launch of its free 2010 "Getting Into the College of Your Choice" guides. The college application process can be a stressful and confusing time for both parents and students. adMISSION POSSIBLE® seeks to provide every student with the best college admissions advice free of charge, regardless of family background, financial resources, geographic location or attendance at a public or private school. The free resource is available online at

"The college application process involves many details – from filling out the forms properly and understanding the deadlines to picking an essay topic and deciding whether or not to apply early," said Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz, a professional college admissions counselor. "It can be overwhelming, particularly for those students who are the first in their families to apply to college. We've put together free, simple-to-use guides to help parents and students navigate their way through the process and eliminate the stress and confusion."

The chapters are broken down into 15 areas – all available for free online – and topics include: choosing the best college for you; how to develop a relationship with colleges; the pros and cons of applying early; what to ask teachers when requesting a recommendation letter; how to write a college essay; tips for a successful college interview; and how to manage the waitlist process. The checklists and tips ensure that no form is forgotten and no opportunity is missed.

Ms. Hansen Shaevitz, who has helped thousands of students gain admission to the colleges of their choice over the last twenty years, addresses issues that students may not think about on their own. For example, what are the ten most common essay subjects that should be avoided? Why is getting wait-listed a blessing in disguise? adMISSION POSSIBLE® provides all of the answers and real-world examples along with a check-list of manageable steps for students.

All 15 guides have also been compiled into one comprehensive book, adMISSION POSSIBLE®: Getting Into The College of Your Choice, which is available in a black and white edition on for $15.00 and in a color, deluxe edition on

Newsweek Magazine's Fall Special Admissions Edition, 2010 "Finding the Right College For You" features adMISSION POSSIBLE's "Essay Grid" that shows how different essays can be adapted from one application question to another. Newsweek calls adMISSION POSSIBLE® "A great admissions resource to help you choose, apply and get accepted to college."


March 22, 2011

Fox 5 News
Marjorie offers 5 Tips for Admissions Success on FOX 5 NEWS – click to watch it now!


November 22, 2010

Rachel Deahl
Agent Sandra Dijkstra sold world rights to Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz's Admission Possible: Getting into the College of Your Choice to Peter Lynch at Sourcebooks. Shaevitz founded and directs an admissions counseling business called Admission Possible and has also written a number of books, including The Confident Woman (Harmony). In this book, she walks students through the admissions process, detailing what they should do starting their freshman year of high school through to their senior year. The agency said the book is particularly easy to use ad will be illustrated and printed in four-color.


October 22, 2010

Washington Post
Jay Matthews, education reporter with the Washington Post and author of Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College that Is Best for You, says that Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz's new book Admission Possible: Getting Into the College of Your Choice has an intriguing page on what NOT to choose as an essay topic. He and then other people make comments on his Admissions 101.


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