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6 Books to Help You Find Your Perfect College

Our Associate Director of College Counseling, Mrs. Deborah Picairn, has put together a fantastic list of books that will aid in the college search process. For more college planning resources, visit our website.

Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope

A wonderful source for students looking for less selective, but academically strong, excellent teaching liberal arts colleges. Each college is given a comprehensive review of 6-10 pages. These schools have tremendous reputations and are very successful in developing students into scholars and preparing them for graduate schools and careers.

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Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 by Edward Fiske Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 by Edward Fiske

A large, annual, clearly written and organized, useful directory of the more selective schools (top 300-400). This book has many lists and lots of useful advice and information. The write-ups on schools are practical but also include a bit of the personality of the schools.

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Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College by Edward B Fiske Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College by Edward B Fiske

This is a terrific guide to choosing schools to apply to and, eventually, to enroll in. Good resource to tell you about schools, help you decide what you are looking for, and guide you through the application process.

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In! College Admissions and Beyond: The Experts’ Proven Strategy for Success by Lillian Luterman and Jennifer Bloom In! College Admissions and Beyond: The Experts’ Proven Strategy for Success by Lillian Luterman and Jennifer Bloom

This book is a good road map for students aspiring to go to a very selective college or university. Best read early in high school, it lays out strategies and advice for developing a strong transcript, resume and application to college.

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The Insider's Guide to the Colleges, 2013: Students on Campus Tell You What You Really Want to Know by Yale Daily News Staff The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges, 2013: Students on Campus Tell You What You Really Want to Know by Yale Daily News Staff

The beginning part is a terrific resource for college counseling: everything from quizzing yourself on type of school to lists of schools by their strengths and attributes. These profiles provide basic facts, but are more anecdotal and subjective and convey a bit of the culture of schools.

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Four-Year Colleges 2014 by Peterson's Four-Year Colleges 2014 by Peterson’s

A vast tome covering 2500 Four-Year colleges in the US! The beginning has good advice about the college admissions process and many lists of schools. The College Profiles are detailed, informative, but terse and not descriptive. The section of College Close-Ups provides more comprehensive descriptions of some schools.

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