You Got Into Where?: How I Received Admission and Scholarships to the Nation's Top Universities

"You Got Into Where?" is the first college admissions guide written by a student who is fresh out of the college admissions process. Learn how I was admitted to schools like the University of Southern California and New York University with full tuition scholarships. The guide features copies of my admissions essay, my writing supplement, and activities resume that I used to apply to college the fall of my senior year. Get advice on all the secrets of the admissions process from start to finish.

Effectively Search for Colleges that Match You

Research universities that fit you academically, socially and financially.

Apply and Get Accepted to Your Dream Colleges

Use my techniques to impress admissions officers with your academics, extracurriculars, essays and test scores.

Get Financial Aid and Full-Ride Scholarships

Learn how I received three full tuition scholarships.

Watch to learn my college admissions story

What's Inside the Book

1: Getting Ready

Courses to Take, Grades and GPA, Class Rank, Extracurriculars

2: Exams, Exams, Exams

SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, AP Exams, Studying, Sending Scores

 3: College Search

Developing a College List, College Visits

4: Relationships with Colleges

Your Admissions Counselor, Demonstrating Interest

5: Preparing for Applications

Activities Resume, Recommendations, Brainstorming Essays, Admissions Hooks

6: Application Time

Types of Applications, When to Apply, Application Components, Interviews

7: Essays and Supplements

10 Steps to a Successful Admissions Essay, Recycling Essays, Answering Supplement Questions

8: Financial Aid & Scholarships

FAFSA, CSS Profile, Appealing Financial Aid, Institutional and Outside Scholarships, Scholarship Interviews, Scholarship Essays

9: Making the Final Choice

Acceptances, Denials, Waitlists, Deferrals, Factors to Consider

Editorial Reviews

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Author, adMission Possible

I can't believe that a 17 year old has written a college admissions books that is so well-written, clear and accurate. Given what she says and how she says it,  I truly believe that teens will rush to read "You Got Into Where?" It is well worth their time.

The Princeton Review

College Admissions Organization

You Got Into Where? is a great primer on the college admissions process from start to finish. Joi Wade's suggestions on how to choose colleges that fit the applicant and reaching out to current students to learn about life on campus get an A+ in our book.

What readers are saying about this book

It's no wonder that Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz, author of "adMISSION POSSIBLE," wrote, "I can’t believe that a 17-year-old has written a college admissions book that is so well-written, clear and accurate. No wonder USC jumped at the chance to have her become their student."

Being that I am going to be in Joi's shoes next year, applying for similar universities with a similar major, even after reading a few pages, I'm engulfed in Joi's amazing advice and writing, and I'm turning pages and making steps towards making my college dreams a reality. Not to mention the fact that this amazing book is written by a girl who JUST went through the college application process and is NOT removed from the extremely competitive, crapshoot atmosphere that is college admissions.

Her advice is straight to the heart and brain, giving students confidence that they can reach their dreams through hard work and persistence. If you want a straightforward read that will make your college application path a little more straight too, pick up "You Got Into Where?" for a ride that will ultimately bring you to a more successful end.


Great book! I was given I free sample and might I say I'm impressed! This book is very helpful with tips into being successful with exams, grades, and GPA. Plus tips on how to start clubs and bring involved. I was interested in this bin because the information is coming from a recent high school graduate. Someone who is up to date with all information. This book is not only helpful in information for college tips and prep but it's inspiring with all the information given knowing it's coming from someone so young yet so educated.


This was a fabulous book that I highly recommend to anyone who is interested in learning about the college process or a student who is currently going through it now. I am currently a student going into my sophomore year and even though I am not currently applying to colleges right now, I thought that this book applies to everyone who is thinking about going to college in the future. I am so grateful that Joi took the time out of her busy schedule to be able to write and publish this informative book. This book will help out thousands of students who are looking for a guide through the intense college process.


I just received my copy of YGIW? and I must say that I am thoroughly impressed by Joi's detailed guide on how to get the most out of the college application process. her authenticity and professionalism is clear to see and I believe that purchasing this book can only be to you or your child's benefit. she provides a fresh and genuine look on the modern college and scholarship process that cannot be restricted in some kind of formula. I highly recommend this for any upcoming senior who is a little worried about the seemingly daunting rite of passage that is applying to college.


About the author

Joi Wade

Joi Wade is enrolled in the University of Southern California’s Class of 2020. Born in Maryland and raised in Pennsylvania, Joi developed a passion for writing and media from an early age. In middle school, she began to produce videos for her own YouTube channel. Her family moved from Pennsylvania to Georgia in her senior year of high school. During this time, Joi began to shift the focus of her YouTube channel to videos on the college admissions process.

As a first-generation college student, Joi worked hard to ensure she would not be at a disadvantage when applying to her choice colleges and universities. Her long nights of hard studying and writing college essays were all worth it when she received acceptances to her dream schools.

Joi did not realize the powerful effect her videos would have on their viewers until she began to receive daily advice inquiries from other high-school students about the college admissions process. This high demand impelled her to continue to offer her advice through her YouTube videos. This also inspired her to offer ACT and college advisory services as well.

Joi began to draft her first college admissions book at the end of her college application and admission process. You Got Into Where? was finally published in June 2016. 

After the book was published, Joi founded the You Got Into Where? Blog, an online destination for college admissions. The blog is completely run by student contributors who wish to help their peers in the college process.