Likening the search for the perfect college to the search for the perfect mateboth are confusing, stressful, and importantthis guide full of real-world examples and advice from students and college admissions deans, makes the admissions process clear to both students and their parents. Offering answers to the applicant's common questionsWhat should I expect in an interview? What should I do if I am wait-listed? How can I improve my scores?the relatable resource explains how all the pieces work togetherfrom pre-date primping” (course work and standardized tests) and the first date” (the interview and visits) to the love letter” (personal essay), paying for dinner” (financial aid), and mixed messages” (the wait list). This guide goes step-by-step through the college admissions process, offering honest stories, tried-and-true advice, and humorous cartoons to make this serious process more palatable, while dating tips at the end of each chapter continue the analogy and keep the tone light and fun.