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Recommended Reading List

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Recommended Reading

  • The Truth About College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together (Barnard & Clark)
  • The College Conversation: A Practical Companion for Parents to Guide Their Children Along the Path to Higher Education (Furda & Steinberg)
  • The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Road Map for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make (Lieber)
  • Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions (Selingo)
  • Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be (Bruni)
  • College Admission: from Application to Acceptance (Mamlet & Valdevelde)
  • College Unranked (Thacker)
  • The College Solution (O'Shaughnessy)
  • Colleges That Change Lives (Pope)
  • The Fiske Guide to College (Fiske)
  • The College Finder (Antonoff)
  • College Essay Essentials (Sawyer)
  • The Naked Roommate (Cohen)

Also, explore the following

Alternatives to Rankings
  • National Survey of Student Engagement - Information from hundreds of four-year colleges and universities nationwide about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development.
  • What Will They Learn - "Exploring the state of general education, those courses designed to give college students a firm grounding in the areas of knowledge they will use for a lifetime."
  • The Outcomes Survey - "Provides rich insights on how recent grads fare immediately after commencement and at three, six and 12 months after finishing their studies at specific schools."