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Rick Singer wrote books about how to get into college. Online reviewers have some critiques.

William “Rick” Singer leaves the federal courthouse after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme in Boston, on Tuesday. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
Stephanie Merry March 13 at 10:47 AM

In 2014, Rick Singer released two slim volumes to help students land a spot at their dream colleges. “Getting In: Gaining Admission to Your College of Choice” and “Getting In Personal Brands: A Personal Brand Is Essential to Gaining Admission to the College of Your Choice,” were published by Singer’s organization the Key Worldwide.

The books probably seemed at the time like a natural extension of his business. And, given his excellent track record gaining students access to top universities, he clearly had a lot of wisdom to share.

Or so it seemed. Perhaps readers should have judged Singer’s books by their covers: The volumes feature a photo of the author’s bespectacled face, half of which is shrouded in darkness. As it turns out, according to federal authorities, Singer relied on a number of illegal activities — from bribery to cheating on standardized tests — to get the children of wealthy clients into prestigious universities. Among the dozens charged Tuesday were actresses Lori Loughlin (accused of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to get her daughters into the University of Southern California under the guise that they were crew team recruits) and Felicity Huffman (who allegedly paid $15,000 to have her daughter’s

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