- Selective Guide to Colleges by Edward Fiske – As close as you can get to knowing what a college is like without visiting the campus. An excellent resource.
- Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope – An excellent source for students who know they want to attend a small liberal arts college. It gives in-depth examples of schools that may be lesser known (at least by some people), but still have excellent programs.
- Princeton Review’s The Best 369 Colleges – This book reaches its conclusions based on the reflections of independent counselors. It is a bit more entertaining than some of the others – it ranks schools by quality of food, intensity of study, levels of drinking, and degree of ―granola‖…all of which you may or may not find helpful.
- The College Admissions Mystique by Bill Mayer—Written by a veteran college counselor with over 30 years’ experience, Mayer demystifies the process of college admission. He covers practical issues, including discovering colleges, narrowing the search, finding financial aid and using college counselors to the best advantage. He also deals with the emotional side of the process, as this is a time of transition and growth for the whole family. He has a healthy and helpful approach to an anxietyridden process.
- The Gatekeepers by Jacques Steinberg – Steinberg had nearly total access to the Wesleyan admissions office for one year. What follows is an insider’s account of the admissions process at one highly selective liberal arts college. It reads like a novel and is both informative and well-written.
- I’M GOING TO COLLEGE —- NOT YOU! Surviving the College Search with Your Child edited by Jennifer Delahunty- A compilation of essays about the college application process written from the perspective of parents who are also college admissions professionals and their children. This book is at once entertaining and informative.
- On Writing the College Application Essay by Harry Bauld – Every student applying to college should read this book. It’s utterly entertaining, relevant and very, very helpful.
More coming soon. . .