A Sample of College Process Resources

This list is by no means comprehensive but it represents books that we find somewhat objective in their approaches, or that offer information in an accessible way. Please remember that resources connected to services or products for sale are not necessarily more or less accurate, but may be written with an additional agenda.

General Guidebooks

  • Colleges That Change Lives, Loren Pope, New York: Penguin
  • The College Handbook, New York: The College Board
  • The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Edward B. Fiske: Sourcebook, Inc
  • Peterson’s Guide to Four Year Colleges, Princeton, NJ: Peterson’s
  • The Public Ivies: A Guide to America’s Best State Colleges and Universities, Richard Moll, NY: Penguin
  • Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges, Frederick E. Rugg, Fallbrook, CA (this guide is organized by major field of study) 

Background on the Process from the College Admissions Perspective (great for parents)

  • The Chosen, Jerome Karabel, Houghton Mifflin
  • The Gatekeepers, Jacques Steinberg, Penguin Books
  • Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years, Karen Levin Coburn & Madge Lawrence Treeger, Harper Collins

Financial Aid Books and Guide

  • The College Board Scholarship Handbook: Undergraduate Scholarships, Internships, and Loan Programs, The College Board
  • College Cost and Financial Aid Handbook: Compare costs and aid available at over 2,700 colleges, The College Board.
  • College Scholarships and Financial Aid: General Reference, John Schwartz
  • Peterson’s Scholarships, Grants, and Prizes: Guide to more sources for private aid than any other reference, Peterson’s Guides
  • The Scholarship Book: The Complete Guide to Private-sector Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Loans for the Undergraduate, Daniel J. Cassidy