Guides

Best 361 Colleges, 2006 (College Admissions Guides) by Tom Meltzer, Christopher Maier, Carson Brown, Julie Doherty, Andrew Friedman, Robert Franek (Ed.)

The Princeton Review asks college students (more than 110,000 of them) what their schools are really like, and reports the most revealing answers in this book. The "Best Party School" ranking list gets a lot of attention, but it is just one small part of this must-have guide that covers all the essentials--from professors to cafeteria food, and everything in between. (Amazon.com review)

Fiske Guide To Colleges 2006 (Fiske Guide to Colleges) by Edward B. Fiske, Robert Loque.

First published more than 20 years ago, this leading college guide to more than 300 schools has been the indispensable source of information for thousands of students and their parents. Each college is rated on a scale of 1 to 5 stars on Academics, Social Life and Quality of Life. (Amazon.com review)

The College Board College Handbook 2006: All-New 43rd Edition (College Handbook) by the College Board.

The College Board College Handbook, with the Real Stuff college search and test-prep CD-ROM, is the flagship of the College Board’s elite line of annual directories. It is the ideal reference tool for students, counselors, and anyone else attempting to find the most objective, accurate, and current information about every accredited college and university in the United States. The new edition gives in-depth information on high-school academic requirements for each college; contact information for institutions; deadlines, requirements, and acceptance rates; and SAT and ACT score ranges, activities, and much more (Amazon.com review)

College Cost & Financial Aid Handbook 2006: All-New 25th Edition (College Costs and Financial Aid Handbook)

 

Books

A Is for Admission: The Insider's Guide to Getting into the Ivy League and Other Top Colleges by Michele A. Hernandez

Hernandez describes the step-by-step process Ivy League schools use to evaluate an application. Along the way she settles some ancient debates, including the comparative importance of SATs versus high-school grades, public versus private high schools, and extracurricular activities versus part-time employment. She evaluates every possible factor affecting chances for admission, including special categories of students such as recruited athletes, minority applicants, and legacies. (Amazon.com review)

Harvard Schmarvard:  Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That is Best for You by Jay Mathews

“This book gives us a welcome and helpful way of looking at college and university rankings. Jay Mathews offers refreshing insights into the college admissions process and makes the important point that getting into the 'best' college is less important than choosing the college that brings out the best in every student." (Amazon.com review)

The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College by Jacques Steinberg

Education reporter Steinberg presents a compelling tale in this account, told from the perspective of Ralph Figueroa, an admissions officer at Wesleyan University. Expanding on a series of articles in the New York Times, Steinberg provides an insider's look at how Figueroa and the school's admissions committee factored grades, test scores, essays, extracurricular activities and race into account as they winnowed 700 students for the class of 2004 from nearly 7,000 applicants. (Amazon.com review)

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

From preparing for an audition and creating a portfolio to taking standardized tests and filing for financial aid, the entire college admissions process as it pertains to actors, artists, dancers, musicians, and writers is covered in this guide for creative college-bound students. (Amazon.com review)

 

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