Our Favorite Books on the College Admissions Process for Parents and Students

From researching colleges to prepping for freshman dorms, here are some of our favorite reads on the college admissions process.

Recommended College Guides

Fiske Guide To Colleges 2017

For more than 30 years, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has been the leading guide to 320+ four-year schools. This guide is also available through your College Planner Pro site.

Princeton Review Best 380 College Guide

The Best 380 Colleges provides the facts and information needed to make a smart decision about which of the country's best schools to consider.
 

Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges

For the latest edition of this classic college guide, Hilary Masell Oswald conducted her own tours of top schools and in-depth interviews, building on Loren Pope's original to create a totally updated, more expansive work.

America's Best Colleges for B Students

This guide provides details on colleges that make it a point to help students who have not achieved a stellar GPA and includes information on whether colleges feature extra tutoring, help from professors, and distance-learning programs.

Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers

Written exclusively for college-bound students interested in the creative arts, this updated guide addresses the unique concerns of students pursuing an education in acting, art, dance, music, and writing.

K&W Colleges for Students with Learning Differences

Hundreds of thousands of students with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or other learning differences head to college every year. This comprehensive guide makes it easy for those students and their families and guidance counselors to tackle the daunting process of finding the school that fits their needs best.

Just for Parents

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

Julie Lythcott-Haims, dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising at Stanford University, writes a must-read for every parent who senses that there is a healthier and saner way to raise our children

Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years

For more than a decade, Letting Go has provided hundreds of thousands of parents with valuable insights, information, comfort, and guidance throughout the emotional and social changes of their children's college years—from the senior year in high school through college graduation.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”

Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania

Through statistics, surveys, and the stories of hugely successful people who didn't attend the most exclusive schools, New York Times OpEd writer Frank Bruni demonstrates that many kinds of colleges-large public universities, tiny hideaways in the hinterlands-serve as ideal springboards.

Just for Students
The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College

From sharing a bathroom with 40 strangers to sharing lecture notes, The Naked Roommate is your behind-the-scenes look at EVERYTHING you need to know about college (but never knew you needed to know).