Here is some recommended reading material and links to various helpful websites (found to the right). Many of the books can be found in our college counseling library.
“A” is for Admission: The Insider’s Guide to Getting Into the Ivy League and Other Top Colleges – Michele A. Hernandez. Former admissions officer at Dartmouth College reveals how the world’s most highly selective schools really make their decisions.
Colleges That Change Lives – Loren Pope. Provides essential information on forty schools chosen for their proven ability to develop potential, values, initiative, and risk taking in a wide range of students.
Fiske Guide to Colleges – Edward B. Fiske. Guide to more than 300 colleges and universities; delivers an insider’s look at the academic climates and social/extracurricular scenes of profiled schools.
Fiske Guide to Getting Into the Right College – Edward B. Fiske & Bruce G. Hammond. Guide takes students and parents step-by-step through the admissions process; offers expert advice and tips to help students get accepted to their schools of choice.
Rugg’s Recommendations On the Colleges – Frederick E. Rugg. Secondary school college counselor lists the quality departments at quality colleges; a good place to start with tens of thousands of contacts.
The College Board Book of Majors – College Board. Everything you need to know about every major – from accounting to zoology – offered in every college from Hawaii to Maine.
The College Board College Handbook – College Board. Key information on every accredited college in the U.S.
The Gap-Year Advantage: Helping Your Child Benefit from Time Off Before or During College – Karl Haigler and Rae Nelson. Provides parents with all the advice, tips, and information they need to help students develop and implement a gap-year strategy.
The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College – Jacques Steinberg. A New York Times reporter’s all-access view of a year spent in the admissions office of Wesleyan University.
The Thinking Parent’s Guide to College Admissions – Eva Ostrum. A friendly, no-nonsense system for helping your child choose and get into the school that will fit him or her best.
The Uncollege Alternative: Your Guide to Incredible Careers and Amazing Adventures Outside College – Danielle Wood. Guidance and advice on taking time off before or during college; opportunities for internships, apprenticeships, training programs and more.