Books and Websites for the College Bound
Date: March 1, 2010
Get Into Any College: Secrets of Harvard Students
by Gen and Kelly Tanabe (SuperCollege $16.95)
A step-by-step guide to college applications, essays and interviews, as well as tips for raising your SAT and ACT scores.
The College Match: A Blueprint for Choosing the Best School for You
by Steen Antonoff and Marie Friedemann (Octameron Associates, $11)
Combines easy-to-use worksheets and practical advice to guide students through the complicated process of choosing a college and helps students find the “right” school for them.
The College Handbook
by the College Board (College Board, $29.95)
Information on every accredited two- and four-year college in the U.S. broken down by entrance requirements, class sizes, costs, financial aid, housing, majors and much more. The interior of the book is made of recycled paper.
The Book of Majors
by the College Board (College Board $25.95)
What’s the major for you? Where can you study it? What can you do with it? This book answers questions about every major offered at every college in the country. Professors from colleges across the country describe 198 of the most popular undergraduate majors. It also includes career options and job trends, courses you should take in high school and questions to ask colleges about their programs.
Life’s Little College Admissions Insights
Top Tips From the Country’s Most Acclaimed Guidance Counselors
by Eric Yaverbaum and Cole Yaverbaum (Morgan James Publishing; paperback, $14.95; hardcover, $24.95)
Released in January 2010, this book was written by the president of CollegeClickTV.com and his 17-year-old daughter, who is currently a high school senior applying to colleges.
Best College Admissions Essays
by Mark Alan Stewart and Cynthia C. Muchnick (Peterson’s, $13.95)
Insights on writing college essays, do’s and don’ts, 50 awesome sample essays as well as advice from experts like the director of undergraduate admissions at Duke University.
www.collegeboard.com — Information on the PSAT, SAT, admissions, financial aid, and scholarships
www.act.org — American College Testing. Information on the ACT, college admissions and more
www.cfnc.org — NC College Foundation. Help with admissions, applications and financial aid
www.northcarolina.edu — UNC system’s schools
www.ncicu.org — Private colleges in NC
www.ncccs.cc.nc.us — NC community colleges
www.petersons.com — Search colleges by GPA, majors, tuition and more
Financial Aid and Scholarship Web Sites
www.college-scholarships.com — Free college scholarship and financial aid searches. SAT and ACT test preparation tips, and more
www.fastweb.com — Scholarships, jobs and internships
www.supercollege.com — Scholarship search and essay editing
www.applyingtoschool.com — Scholarship search
CollegeNet.com — Offers information on private sector scholarships and more
www.fafsa.ed.gov — Free applications for federal tuition assistance
Virtual Tours Web Sites
According to a recent study conducted by the National Research Center for College and University Admissions, 90 percent of parents are using the web to research colleges. Below are some Web sites that offer “virtual tours” of colleges.
Many thanks to the following counselors who offered most of the above suggestions:
- Alicia Brown, school counselor, Ragsdale High School, Jamestown, NC
- Allison Sapp Tibbetts, M.Ed., school counselor, Green Hope High School, Cary, NC
- Scottie S. Dietz, director of college counseling, St. David’s School, Raleigh, NC