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Dean's List

, 232 pages
March 2017



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Dean's List

Ten Strategies for College Success

second edition

All of your hard work in high school has paid off: you have a solid GPA, numerous extracurricular achievements to your name, and an acceptance letter from an excellent college. Now what? What can you expect from the college experience, and how can you get the most out of it? This book will answer your questions and help you find real and lasting success in college.

Deans at America’s top institutions—including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, and Columbia—join John Bader to tell you what you need to know to have a rich and rewarding college experience. With wisdom, reassurance, and an insider’s perspective, this lively and timely guide will help you develop strategies such as:

• Focus on learning, not on grades• Build a new relationship with your parents• Explore your academic choices• Learn from diversity at home and abroad• Cope with failure• Plan boldly for life after college

A complete reworking, this second edition includes information on managing workloads and faculty relationships, as well as new material focused on first-generation challenges and international students. Dean’s List offers a thoughtful, commonsense approach to higher education that allows students to make the most of their four years on campus—and beyond.

John Bader served Johns Hopkins University for over a decade as a dean of Academic Advising and of Undergraduate Academic Affairs. He is the author of Taking the Initiative: Leadership Agendas in Congress and the "Contract with America."

"Many books will tell you how to get an 'A' in class, but this book encourages you to do more—to explore college life, embrace new challenges, and become independent."

"Should be recommended to any person who is facing college for the first time or is working with first-year college students."

"To achieve success in college (and it is not as easy to be successful as simply knowing the habits) there is nothing better I need to say to you other than just: Get the book!"

"Focusing mainly on American high-prestige colleges and universities, this book points to factors that contribute to the success of undergraduate students. Bader, an undergraduate dean, with the assistance of colleagues from a dozen or more schools, distills key knowledge."

"The second updated edition of Dean's List: 10 Strategies for College Success is a 'must' for any new student who would excel in college, and gathers the latest thoughts of deans at top schools across the country, who share insights on what makes for a superior college experience."

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