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The only person who dreads the college search more than a prospective student is their mom or dad!  As your child is going to be leaving the nest soon, you want to do all within your power to make sure they will be happy with their college decision!  If you are not sure where to start searching or how to teach your child about pesky roommates, here are 5 books about college and the application process.

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5 Informative Books About College To Prepare You For Anything

If you are not sure where to start searching or how to teach your child about pesky roommates, here are 5 books about college and the application process.

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018

If you’re looking for informative books about college to get started with the college process, look no further!  Considered the “Bible of college sourcebooks,” this handy book delves into the unique personalities of the 322 best-ranked colleges and universities.  With anecdotes and quotes from from real students, the Fiske guide has been giving an honest and straightforward insider’s look at what it is really like to be a student for the past 30+ years.

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

A great read for parents and future college students alike!  This “hilarious and truthful” New York Times bestselling novel offers a genuine and insightful look at everyday college life.  From dorm life to getting the grade to being responsible about money to the college party scene, this book is packed with real-life advice from students on over 100 college campuses!  

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

If your teen isn’t sure where they want to go yet, this is the perfect book for you!  Colleges That Change Lives is a college educational guide that profiles 40 liberal arts colleges that will help your child foster a love of learning.  A liberal arts education is perfect for students who are looking for more in their college career than frat parties, football games, and huge lecture halls.  This guide is organized geographically, featuring campuses that range from urban to suburban to rural!

5 Informative Books About College To Prepare You For Anything

The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College

New York Times education reporter Jacques Steinberg examines the inner workings of the admissions committee at the prestigious Wesleyan University.  Steinberg follows a diverse group of the most promising prospective students in the country as they compete for spots in the most elite colleges in America.  This book gives parents and students an honest behind-the-scenes look at the college admission process!  

Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania

Tutors, prep tests, and rankings – oh my!  Over the past few decades, Americans have turned the college admissions process into a terrifying procedure that students believe their futures will depend on.  This belief is wrong and dangerous for young people, and they need to know that where they go does not determine who they will become.  This tell-all book shows that the Ivy League has no monopoly over prestige and academic success, and that where you go is not who you’ll be!

Hopefully these books about college will give you and your child direction through the arduous college application process!  

Jane Jozefowicz
Jane Jozefowicz
Jane Jozefowicz is a rising sophomore at the University of Chicago, where she studies Linguistics and Computer Science. Jane plays trombone and lacrosse and is the biggest animal lover you'll meet!