College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step, Robin Mamlet. The former dean of admissions at Stanford, Swarthmore, and Sarah Lawrence has created the “new” bible on the process.
I’m Going to College – Not You! Jennifer Delahunty. The dean of admissions at Kenyon College collected essays from parents, admissions deans, and their children that offer amazing insight to the process.
Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid into College, Andrew Ferguson. A terrifically funny and insightful book written by a senior editor for the The Weekly Standard.
Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right For You, Loren Pope. Wise words from a long-time college consultant.
Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change The Way You Think About Colleges, Loren Pope. Discover colleges and life-changing opportunities that your child needs to consider.
The Gatekeeper, Jacques Steinberg. A New York Times journalist takes an inside look at how a prestigious university select a class over one entire admissions cycle.
What You Don’t Know Can Keep You Out of College, Don Dunbar. Sound, measured advice from an experienced college counselor.
The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Edward Fiske. Most widely respected and accepted comprehensive resource book in the field.
Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges, Frederick E. Rugg. Great brainstormer, grouped alphabetically by major by a former college counselor.
Visiting College Campuses, Janet Spencer and Sandra Maleson. Good planner with detailed maps, mileage, directions and B&B ideas for 249 schools.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Practical and sensible advice on keeping lines of communication open with your child.
The Price of Privilege, Madeline Levine, Ph.D. Written with real clarity and understanding of the culture of affluence and its pitfalls for families, reminding us of the universal needs of children.
The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life, Laura S. Kastner Ph.D., and Jennifer Wyatt, Ph.D.. With common sense and uncommon sensitivity, the authors address the double bind of parenting late adolescents – letting go and holding on, all at the same time.
Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years, Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger. A sensitive, informative, and well-written guide to help parents in transition.
Test Prep Books:
The Official SAT Study Guide.. Used by test prep tutors as the definitive workbook for preparing for the SATs.
The Official Study Guide to All Subject Tests. It offers twenty-two real tests in eighteen of the subject tests and is considered by test prep tutors as the most comprehensive introduction and guide on the subject tests.