Recommended Reading 1

Going GeekGoing Geek: What Every Smart Kid (and Every Smart Parent) Should Know About College Admissions

by John Carpenter

Concise and encouraging, this is an excellent book that offers a big payout for a small investment of time.




Crazy UCrazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College

by Andrew Ferguson

Now in paperback, this is a fun read that thoroughly covers the college process from a parent’s perspective. He interviews the right people and presents things very responsibly.





College Admissions MystiqueThe College Admissions Mystique

by Bill Mayher

Bill was the long-serving college counselor at Nobles before he began doing gigs at American School in London and Kings Academy in Jordan. Some of the stories are “old” but I think the book offers (particularly parents) a good set of principles to guide them. You may need to find a used copy online.




The GatekeepersThe Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College

by Jacques Steinberg

A classic. This is a captivating look into the Wesleyan admissions office more than a decade ago, yet parents still read this book and Steinberg now maintains one of the better admissions blogs out there (





Fiske Guide to CollegesFiske Guide to Colleges

by Edward Fiske

Now a classic, this guidebook is updated yearly to offer prospective students insight into the vibes of many top campuses. Rumor has it the iPad version has some neat extra features.




College AdmissionCollege Admission

by Robin Mamlet and Christine VabDeVelde

According to the publisher’s website, “College Admission is the ultimate user’s manual and go-to guide for any student or family approaching the college application process. Featuring the wise counsel of more than 50 deans of admission, no other guide has such thorough, expert, compassionate, and professional advice.”




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

by Karen Coburn and Madge Treeger

It isn’t all about the admissions process, but rather about the transition to colleges. This book offers analysis and advice with regard to the step from high school to college.





Recommended Reading 3How College Works

by Dan Chambliss

Chambliss, a long-tenured (and adored) sociology professor, took ten years to study what are the keys to a successful undergraduate experience. The question posed: why are certain colleges successful creating such satisfied alumni?





Recommended Reading 4Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be

by Frank Bruni

A recent bestseller, this book examines the current state of college admissions and suggests how to navigate the application process in a healthy, meaningful manner.