Five of the Best Books to Read About College Admissions

on September 27, 2017

Students are often overwhelmed with information when applying for college, and it can be hard to know where to turn. To avoid wading through countless sources, take a look at our top five college admissions books below. 

 

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

 

This book discusses the strengths of 40 small liberal arts colleges across the country, as well as how their student bodies differ from those at larger and more well-known colleges. Even if you aren't particularly interested in a liberal arts education, this book offers well-researched examples that can inspire your college search. 

 

The Naked Roommate

 

Most books about college focus on admissions or university profiles, but this book focuses on other, less frequently documented aspects of college life: making friends, attending social events, managing finances, living with roommates and more. The book offers honest opinions from college graduates and university experts — and it doesn't shy away from the nitty-gritty details of college life, so you'll learn a lot more than you would from browsing admissions websites. 

 

On Writing the College Application Essay: The Key to Acceptance at the College of Your Choice

 

Bauld is a former Ivy League admissions officer and he understands how to appeal to the university of your choice. He's also an English teacher, so he about writing great essays. Although this book was published almost 30 years ago, it's still known as one of the best guides to writing memorable essays that surpass the standards of college admissions officers around the country. 

 

Book of Majors: All New Ninth Edition

 

This book is a comprehensive guide to colleges across the country. The College Board compiled a list of more than 900 majors at 3,600 colleges, including specific programs in a variety of fields at the bachelor, masters and doctorate levels. At the very least, this book will give you a sense of all of the options available to you.

 

Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College

 

This book will help you remain calm as you begin to tackle the mountain of tasks associated with college admissions. It offers great advice concerning everything from crafting a compelling application to transitioning from high school to college. 

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