Going 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 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.
The 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 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 (http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com).
Fiske 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.
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 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.
How 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?
Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be
by Frank Bruni