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Reference Books for Effective College Planning

College Guidebooks

  • Fiske Guide to Colleges by Edward Fiske
  • The Best 373 Colleges by Princeton Review
  • The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges by Yale Daily News Staff
  • Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges by Loren Pope
  • Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You, Revised Edition by Loren Pope
  • Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That Is Best for You by Jay Matthews
  • Cool Colleges for the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different by Donald Asher
  • 100 Colleges Where Average Students Can Excel by Joe anne Adler 


Books for Parents

  • The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids by Alexandra Robbins
  • Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That Is Best for You by Jay Matthews
  • Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond by Marilee Jones
  • The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College by Jacques Steinberg
  • The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life by Laura Kastner and Jennifer Wyatt
  • Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College by Patricia Pasick
  • Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger
  • Parents’ Guide to College Life by Robin Raskin
  • When Your Kid Goes to College:  A Parents’ Survival Guide by Carol Barkin


Money Matters

  • Dollars & Sense for College Students or How Not to Run Out of Money by Midterms by Ellen Braitman
  • Don’t Miss Out: The Ambitious Student’s Guide to Financial Aid by Anna & Robert Leider
  • How to Go to College Almost for Free by Ben Kaplan 



  • The Student Athlete’s Handbook: The Complete Guide for Success by Perry Bromwell & Howard Gensler
  • A Parent’s and Student-Athlete’s Guide to Athletic Scholarships by Dion Wheeler 


Learning Disabilities

  • The K & W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit Disorder by Marybeth Kravets & Imy F. Wax
  • ADD and the College Student: A Guuide for High School and College Students with Attention Deficit Disorder by Patricia O. Quinn, M.D.
  • 100 Things Every College Student With a Disability Ought to Know by Kendra D. Johnson
  • Survival Guide for College Students with ADD or LD by Kathleen G. Nadeau 


On Writing

  •  The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. & E.B. White


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