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"By the time I finished helping my second child with the college applications process, I felt I had learned quite a bit. Unfortunately, at that point I was out of kids..."

-A Parent

"If only I knew then what I know now ... " Who hasn't uttered that lament at one time or another? It is certainly applicable to college search, college admissions, and financial aid. The college process is often complex and confusing. Many people go through the process only once, but few go through it more than several times, meaning that there is little chance to accumulate knowledge that will be applicable in a later college application process.

College Confidential was founded to demystify many aspects of the college admissions process, and to help even first-timer students and parents understand the process like old pros. At College Confidential, we have assembled an editorial team to bring our visitors the best college admissions content on the Web. These contributors include Dave Berry, an experienced independent college admissions counselor; Sally Rubenstone, a former Smith College admissions counselor, admissions writer, and teacher; and, for "from the trenches" perspective, Roger Dooley, a parent who has participated in his own children's admissions process and is active in high school academics. Dave coauthored America's Elite Colleges: The Smart Buyer's Guide to the Ivy League and Other Top Schools, published by Random House-Princeton Review in August 2001. Sally is the coauthor of The Panicked Parents Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges; and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America.

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