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Comprehensive Guidebooks

How to Get Into the Top Colleges, 3rd ed. by Richard Montauk and Krista Klein (Prentice Hall)  Deals in depth with each stage of the college process: how to shape a college list, work with a college counselor, form application strategies, learn about financial aid and other ways to reduce the cost of college.

Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges by Loren Pope (Penguin)  Evaluates each school’s program and “personality.” Includes candid assessments by students, professors, and deans, with information on the progress of graduates.

K & W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities (College Admissions Guides)
by Marybeth Kravets and Imy Wax (Princeton Review)  Lists colleges and universities which provide different levels of support for students with learning differences.

Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You by Loren Pope (Penguin)  Describes over 200 colleges which provide a high-quality education for serious students.

College Profiles of the Highly Selective and Selective Colleges

The Fiske Guide to Colleges by Edward B. Fiske (Sourcebooks, Inc.)  Includes well-balanced profiles of over 175 “selective” colleges that are revised and updated every year. Examines the academics, campus setting, student body, financial aid, housing, food, social life, and extracurricular activities of each college through authentic essays which quote current students and faculty.

Barron’s Guide to the Most Competitive Colleges (Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.)  Profiles approximately seventy of the most highly selective colleges. Includes accounts by recent graduates, giving an in-depth account of interdisciplinary programs and majors that define the individuality of each college.

The College Admissions Mystique by Bill Mayher (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)  Demystifies the college selection and admissions process, and attempts to scale down “the general hysteria” surrounding it.

The College Finder, 3rd ed. by Steven Antonoff, Ph.D (Wintergreen Orchard House)  Lists colleges in many different categories, including best colleges for wide-ranging majors, different kinds of learning environments, traditional and non-traditional athletic teams, and college admission strategies for distinctive kinds of students.

College Majors

Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges by Frederick E. Rugg   Lists colleges that excel in a particular major, including groupings for each major in three categories: Most Selective, Very Selective, and Selective.

Book of Majors (College Board)   Gives an analysis of a wide variety of majors, from the traditional liberal arts and sciences to the more pre-professional and vocational majors, such as business and engineering to occupational therapy and nursing.

Major Decisions, A Guide to College Majors by Terry Ward (Wintergreen Orchard House)   
Describes each major and includes a plan of study, prerequisites, suggested high school subjects, and career possibilities in a condensed, user-friendly format.

Visiting the Colleges

Visiting College Campuses (Princeton Review)   Gives the times of the information sessions and campus tours, driving directions, admissions officers, and lodgings.

The College Atlas and Planner (Wintergreen Orchard House)   Shows the driving routes between regional colleges and denotes their public or private status, religious, ethnic, and gender affiliations.

Guide to College Visits: Planning Trips to Popular Campuses in the Northeast, Southeast, West and Midwest (College Admissions Guides) (Princeton Review)   Offers information for successful trips to more than 350 campuses, including maps, directions, tours, appropriate visiting times, and lodging.

Financial Aid

The A’s and B’s of Academic Scholarships: 100,000 Scholarships for Top Students by Anna Leider (Octameron Associates)   Lists approximately 100,000 scholarships offered to bright students by over 1200 U.S. colleges, worth $300-$30,000 at the sponsoring school.

Paying for College Without Going Broke (College Admissions Guides) by Kalman Chany (Princeton Review)   Its title says it all! Includes calculating what colleges expect you to pay, steps to increase your chances of receiving aid, and how to compare offers of financial aid.


Information about Colleges and Applications:  The description from its website reads: “Here you’ll find hundreds of pages of articles about choosing a college, getting into the college you want, how to pay for it, and much more. You’ll also find the Web’s busiest discussion community related to college admissions, and our CampusVibe section!… College Confidential was founded to demystify many aspects of the college admissions process, and to help even first-timer students and parents understand the process like old pros. At College Confidential, we have assembled an editorial team to bring our visitors the best college admissions content on the Web.”  A free resource listing the opinions of actual college students about the schools they attend.  “The Common Application is a not-for-profit organization that serves students and member institutions by providing [one] admission application—online and in print—that students may submit to any of our 415 members… . Once completed online or in print, copies of the Application for Undergraduate Admission can be sent to any number of participating colleges.”  Note: Many of the colleges that accept the Common Application also require applicants to submit a supplement tailored to their own admissions criteria. Be sure to read each college’s admissions requirements very carefully and follow its directions to increase your chances of being admitted.

Campus Video Tours:

Standardized Tests:

The ACT Test  Provides information about the widely-accepted college entrance exam, the ACT. The test is designed to measure the academic achievement of college-bound students.

The SAT Exam  Allows students to register for the SAT Reasoning Test, an exam used for college admissions. It tests for skills in: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. 

TOEFL  For information about the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required by many colleges for applicants whose first language is not English.  Lists colleges which do not require applicants to submit scores on standardized tests such as the SAT and the ACT. Published by The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest).

For Athletes:  For athletes interested in NCAA Div. I or Div. II sports.

For Artists:  “National Portfolio Day is an event specifically for visual artists and designers. It is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Representatives will be available to review your artwork, discuss their programs and answer questions about professional careers in art. High school students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and college transfer students are encouraged to attend.”

Financial Aid:  Edfund  FinAid U.S. Dept. of Education Student Guide to Financial Aid  National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators  Nellie Mae Sallie Mae

Financial Planning:  Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.  Financial Planning Association  American Institute of Certified Educational Planners  Independent Educational Consultants Association

Grants and Scholarships: African-American Grants  U.S. Department of Education—Academic Competitiveness Grant  College Connection  FastWebv  U.S. Dept. of Education—National SMART Grant  U.S. Dept. of Education—Pell Grants  The College Board


U.S. Dept. of Education—Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP)
U.S. Dept. of Education—Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Perkins Loans
PLUS Loans
Stafford Loans
William D. Ford Direct Loan Program

Study Abroad:  Study Overseas  The International Education Site  Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

Ability Testing and Career Planning:  The Highlands Company