The Princeton Review Has Released Third Edition of “College Admission 101: Expert Advice for the New Challenges in Admissions, Testing, Financial Aid, and More”

 NEW YORK, May 17, 2022 / — The Princeton Review ® — known for its many education services and products that help students research, apply to, and gain admission to colleges — today released an updated third edition of its book, College Admission 101: Expert Advice for the New Challenges in Admissions, Testing, Financial Aid, and More (Penguin Random House, May 17, 2022, $12.99).

Authored by Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Editor-in-Chief, College Admission 101 is a collection of his straightforward and helpful answers to the 60+ FAQs he has heard from college-bound students and their parents in his many presentations to them across the country. 

As one of the nation’s leading college experts, Rob is highly knowledgeable about colleges and their distinctive offerings: he visits more than 50 colleges a year. He is also keenly attuned to the perspectives of college applicants and their parents: he gives more than 100 talks a year to high school students, their parents, and their counselor/advisors on college admission. In his introduction to College Admission 101, he notes, “This book presents the clearest answers I can provide to the most frequent, savvy, and urgent questions that I’ve been getting.”

Among the 60+ questions Rob answers over the book’s eight chapters:

  • What do college admission officers look for? 
  • What’s more important: GPA or test scores?
  • What does it mean when a college is "test optional"?
  • What changes are coming to the PSAT® and SAT®?
  • Should I take the ACT®, SAT, or both?
  • How do I determine the best college for me?
  • What extracurricular activities do colleges want to see?
  • How does the financial aid process work?
  • Will I be penalized if I apply for financial aid?
  • How can a parent participate most effectively in their child’s college application process?

Originally published in May 2018, and updated in October 2020, this edition of the book has timely information for students graduating from high school within the next three years. It discusses how college admission has changed since 2020, as well as upcoming standardized testing updates when the College Board debuts the new Digital SAT® internationally in 2023 and within the U.S. in 2024.

College Admission 101 also includes a college-admission checklist, a high school testing timeline, and a list of 26 tips for getting financial aid, scholarships, and grants from Kal Chany, author of The Princeton Review’s annually updated financial aid guide, Paying for College

An appendix presents gems of advice from some of the more than 14,000 college applicants and parents who have participated in The Princeton Review's annual College Hopes & Worries Survey. The advice most proffered by students and parents alike in response to the question, “What would you tell next year’s applicants?” was "Start early!"

College Admission 101 is part of a line of more than 150 books developed by The Princeton Review and published by Penguin Random House. Others in the line on college-related topics include annually-updated guides to the SAT, ACT, and AP® exams; The Best Colleges (2023 edition forthcoming August 2022); Paying for College (2023 edition forthcoming September 2022); The Ultimate Guide to HBCUs (forthcoming July 2022); and The College Wellness Guide (2021).


About Robert Franek 

Robert Franek, Editor-in-Chief, The Princeton Review, is a national expert on colleges and higher education. Over his nearly 30-year career, he has been a college admissions administrator, editor, author, publisher, and lecturer. He oversees The Princeton Review’s line of 150 books published by Penguin Random House (four of which he has authored). He speaks to audiences of students, parents, teachers, counselors, and education administrators. He has visited more than 1,200 high schools and more than 1,000 colleges and grad schools. He has been sourced by media from The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal and appeared on scores of national network and cable broadcast programs including more than two dozen appearances on NBC TODAY. See him discussing current education topics on The Princeton Review YouTube Channel


About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review ® is a leading tutoring, test prep, and college admissions services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school–bound students achieve their education and career goals through its: online and in-person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors; online resources; more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House; and dozens of categories of school rankings. Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review is now in its 41st year. The company’s brand, now in its 21st year, is one of the largest online tutoring services in the U.S. It comprises a community of thousands of tutors who have delivered more than 21 million one-to-one tutoring sessions. The Princeton Review is headquartered in New York, NY. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University. For more information, visit and the company's Media Center. Follow the company on Twitter (@ThePrincetonRev ) and Instagram (@theprincetonreview ).

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Expert Advice for the New Challenges in Admissions, Testing, Financial Aid, and More 

by Robert Franek Penguin Random House • May 17, 2022, Third Edition (The first edition was published in May 2018.)

Trade Paperback: $12.99 (Canada $17.99) • 224 pages • ISBN 978-0-593-45057-6 

Kindle Edition: $9.99 (June 14, 2022) 

College Admission 101 3rd edition cover image

A hi res cover shot is downloadable here .


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Robert Franek is available for interviews. He can discuss his advice for college-bound students and their parents as well as his point of view on trending issues from the test-optional movement to the forthcoming Digital SAT. Contact 

Jeanne Krier, Director of Publicity for The Princeton Review and,