Reference Materials

A visit to your local library or bookstore may overwhelm you with how much college resource material is available. This list is far from complete; however, it is a good place to start as you begin to do research on colleges and universities.

Reference Books

These books are comprehensive and generally objective

  • Barron's Profiles of American Colleges, Barron's Educational Series, Happauge, N.Y.
  • The College Handbook," College Board, New York, N.Y.
  • Comparative Guide to American Colleges, James Cass and Max Birnbaum, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, N.Y.
  • Lovejoy's College Guide, Lovejoy's Educational Guides, Monarch Press, New York, N.Y.
  • Peterson's Guide to Four Year Colleges, Peterson's Guides, Princeton, N.J.
  • Peterson's Competitive Colleges, Peterson's, Princeton, N.J.

Supplementary Reference Books

  • College Admissions Index of Majors and Sports, Orchard House, Concord, Mass.
  • College Cost and Financial Aid Handbook, The College Board, N.Y.
  • Colleges That Change Lives, Loren Pope, Penguin Books, New York, N.Y.
  • Cool Colleges for the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different, Donald Asher, Ten Speed Press
  • 50 College Admissions Directors Speak to Parents,Sandra MacGowan and Sarah McGinty, Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich
  • How to Get Into the Top Colleges, Richard Montauk and Krista Klein, Prentice Hall
  • Index of Majors, College Board, New York, N.Y.
  • Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Today's College Experience, Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger, Adler and Adler, Bethesda, Md.
  • Looking Beyond the Ivy League, Loren Pope, Penguin Books, New York, N.Y.
  • Peterson's Handbook for College Admissions, Thomas C. Hayden, Peterson's, Princeton, N.J.
  • Peterson's National College Databank, Peterson's Guides, Princeton, N.J.
  • Scaling the Ivy Wall in the 90's, Howard Greene and Robert Minton, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, Mass.
  • Scholarship Handbook, The College Board, N.Y.
  • The Best 345 Colleges, Princeton Review
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Into College, O'Neal Turner, Alpha Books, Indianapolis
  • The Directory of Canadian Universities, The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
  • The Fiske Guide to College, Edward B. Fiske, Times Books
  • The National Review College Guide, Charles Sykes and Brad Miner, Wolgemuth and Hyatt
  • The Yale Insider's Guide to the Colleges, The Yale Daily News, St. Martin's Griffin
  • Visiting College Campuses, Janet Spencer and Sandra Maleson, The Princeton Review

SAT Preparation and Guides

  • 10 Real SAT'S, The College Board, New York, N.Y.
  • Cracking the System: The SAT, Princeton Review, Villard Books, New York, N.Y.
  • One-on-One with the SAT, College Board, New York, N.Y. (CD-ROM course)
  • How to Beat Test Anxiety and Score Higher on the SAT, James H. Divine and
  • David W Kylen, Barron's Educational Series, Happauge, N.Y.
  • How to Take the SAT, Marcia Lawrence, Plume Books, New York, N.Y.

Focused Guides

  • Books for Students with Specific Backgrounds, interests, and concerns.
    • African American Student's Guide to College, Marisa Parham, Princeton Review Series
    • The Black Student's Guide to Colleges, Barry Beckham, New York: Dutton
    • Guide to Performing Arts Programs, Muriel Topaz and Carole J. Everett, The Princeton Review
    • Historically Black Colleges and Universities: A Reference Handbook, Cynthia L. Jackson, ABC-CLIO
    • Is There an Engineer Inside You? A Comprehensive Guide to Career Decisions in Engineering, Celeste Bain
    • Penguin Guide to American Business Schools, Harold P. Doughty, Penguin USA
    • Summer Opportunities for Kids and Teenagers, Thomson Petersons

For Students with Learning Differences

  • College for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADD, Thomson-Peterson's, Lawrenceville, N.J.
  • Campus Opportunities for Students with Learning Differences, Judith M. Crooker and Stephen Crooker, Octameron Associates, Alexandria, Va.
  • College Guide for Students with Learning Disabilities, Annette Joy Sclafani and Michael J. Lynch, SPEDCO Associates, Farmingville, N.Y.

For College-Bound Student-Athletes

  • Going the Distance (formerly The Athlete's Game Plan for College and Career), Stephen Figler and Howard Figler, Peterson's Guides, Princeton, N.J.
  • College Admissions Index of Majors and Sports, Orchard House, Concord, Mass.
  • The Winning Edge: A Complete Guide to Intercollegiate Athletic Programs, Frances and James Kilpatrick, Octameron Associates, Alexandria, Va.

Career Information

  • The Complete Career Guide, David M. Brownstone and Gene Hawes, Simon and Schuster, New York, N.Y.
  • What Color is Your Parachute? Richard Nelson Bolles, Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, Calif.
(Special thanks to Episcopal High School for this information)