ADMISSION MATTERS: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College

The fifth edition of Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College by Sally Springer, Joyce Vining Morgan, Nancy Griesemer, and Jon Reider has just been published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley in both paperback and Kindle versions. It is available at,,, as well as at many local bookstores.

Newly revised and thoroughly updated, the fifth edition of Admission Matters continues to be the go-to guide for students and families seeking help with the college admissions process. The book delivers a practical and accessible roadmap for a successful admissions outcome, whether the student is a high school freshman or a senior about to apply to college. Admission Matters provides deep insight into a process that has become increasingly complex and unpredictable with each passing year.

In the fifth edition, readers will learn how to build a balanced college list, when to apply, what goes into crafting a compelling application, how colleges make decisions, how financial aid works, and more. Admission Matters offers real-world expert advice for all students, whether they’re aiming for an Ivy or a state school close to home. The book provides practical guidance for students and families whether they come from an under-resourced background or one that has provided abundant opportunities.

Admission Matters includes much-needed information for students with special circumstances, including students with disabilities, international students, transfers, and non-traditional students. Athletes, artists and performers, and homeschoolers will also have many of their questions answered as they plan for and apply to college.

The 5th edition includes the latest information on:

  • The shift to test-optional or test-free admissions at many schools and what that means for you.
  • The transition to an adaptive, digital format for the SAT
  • Changes to the federal process for financial aid
  • What selective colleges are increasingly looking for when faced with growing numbers of applications.
  • Differences among colleges and how to choose the “best fit” schools.
  • Early decision and early action applications and when they make sense.
  • And much more…

Designed primarily for students and parents, Admission Matters has also been frequently used as a supplementary text in educational programs for aspiring college consultants and high school counselors. Please share this information with your students and their families. Endorsements and sample material from the book, plus updates that will keep Admission Matters as current as possible throughout the life of the fifth edition may be found at