References for the College Application Process

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The links below provide information about college level athletics.

Suggested Reading

This is a basic list to get you started and is not inclusive of all of the books out there on the subject of college admissions. If you have read a book about college admissions that is not noted here (but should be in your opinion), please email with the details.

College Research: Guidebooks (Many, but not all, are updated annually/periodically)

  • Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges by Barron’s Educational Series
  • The College Handbook by The College Board
  • Peterson’s Four Year Colleges by Fern Oram
  • The Fiske Guide to Colleges by Edward Fiske
  • The College Finder by Steven R. Antonoff, Ph.D.
  • Ruggs’s Recommendations on the Colleges by Frederick Rugg
  • Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges by Loren Pope
  • The Best 368 Colleges by The Princeton Review

College Search Guidebooks for Students with Learning Disabilities

  • Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADHD by Peterson’s
  • K&W Guide to College for Students with Learning Disabilities by The Princeton Review
  • Peterson’s Colleges with Programs for Students with Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit Disorders by Charles T. Mangrum and Stephen S. Strichart

College Admissions Information

  • The College Admissions Mystique by Bill Mayher
  • Harvard Schmarvard by Jay Mathews,Prima Lifestyles; 1st edition (2003)
  • Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College that is Right for You by Loren Pope
  • The Truth About Getting In by Katherine Cohen

Financial Aid/Scholarships

  • College Board Guide to Getting Financial Aid by The College Board
  • Meeting College Costs by The College Board
  • Paying For College by Peterson’s
  • The Best Way to Save for College: A Complete Guide to 529 Plans by Joseph F. Hurley

Special Topics

Athletic Recruiting

  • The Student Athlete’s Handbook by Perry Bromwell and Howard Gensler
  • Advising Student Athletes Through the Recruitment Process by Michael Koehler 

Transition to College for Students and Parents

  • Confessions of a College Freshman by Zach Arrington
  • When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parents’ Survival Guide by Carol Barkin
  • Bringing Home the Laundry: Effective Parenting for College and Beyond by Janis Brody
  • The Naked Roommate by Harlan Cohen
  • The Real Freshman Handbook by Jennifer Hanson
  • The College Student’s Guide to Eating Well on Campus by Ann Selkowitz Litt
  • Money Management for College Students by Karin O’Callaghan


Athletic Recruiting

If you are interested in playing sports in college as a recruited athlete, speak with your current coach to help determine your skill level and the reality of playing sports at the college level. Keep your counselor informed to ensure that you have a well-rounded college list with a wide range of college options. 

It is important to understand that the lifestyle of a college athlete can be very different from a typical college student. Of course, this depends on the athletic division of your sport. Make sure you are aware of the expectations placed by specific colleges on recruited athletes. If you attend a college as a recruited athlete, the expectation is that you will play your sport with the team while in college.

For more information about the general recruiting process, please consult the "Understanding the College Athletic Recruiting Process" which may be found here »

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