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You can refer to these college planning resources as you proceed through the college planning process.

The Price of Admission - Daniel Golden

A heavy-hitting, name-naming exposé by Wall Street Journal Deputy Bureau Chief Golden concludes that Ivy League admissions offices do not practice meritocracy.  Instead, top-drawer schools reward donor-happy alums and the “legacy establishment,” which Golden defines as “elites mastering the art of perpetuating themselves.”

The Chosen - Jerome Karabel

The emphasis in college applications on balancing grades and extracurricular activities appears benignly positive at first glance.  Yet, as Karabel explains, the top Ivy League schools created this formula in the 1920's because they were uncomfortable with the number of Jewish students accepted when applicants were judged solely on their grades.

Colleges that Change Lives - Loren Pope

Prospective college students and their parents have been relying on Loren Pope’s expertise since 1995, when he published the first edition of this indispensable guide.  This new edition profiles 41 colleges—all of which outdo the Ivies and research universities in producing performers, not only among A students but also among those who get B's and C's.

Rugg’s – 25th Edition

Rugg’s College Guide recommends quality undergraduate departments at quality colleges.  It is a great aid to students, parents, and their counselors in the initial phase of the college search, providing a starter list of colleges to consider.

Fiske Guide to Colleges – Edward Fiske

For more than 20 years, this leading guide to more than 300 colleges and universities has been an indispensable source of information for college-bound students and their parents.  Hip, honest and straightforward, the Fiske Guide to Colleges delivers an insider’s look at the academic climates and the social and extracurricular scenes at the “best and most interesting” schools in the U.S., plus Canada and Great Britain.

Harvard Schmarvard - Jay Matthews

Think that your life’s growth, success, and happiness depend on which college you attend?  The higher-profile school, the better, right?  Wrong!  Neither is true.
Written by, yes, a Harvard grad, Harvard Schmarvard rebuts the perception that image is everything when it comes to college and emphasizes this simple fact: What you will be measured by in life is your talent and energy, not your college’s name.

The Best 361 Colleges - The Princeton Review

College students (more than 115,000 of them) reveal what life is really like at the nation’s top schools.  This must-have guide gives you college rankings like no other and covers all the essentials — from academics to social life to financial aid, and everything in between.  We also provide you with all the basics: admissions criteria, deadlines, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and more.

Campus Visits and College Interviews - The College Board

Updated to give the pros and cons of college websites and “virtual visits,” and reformatted with easy-to-use charts and checklists, this quick and handy guide will help you get the right impression during your visit and make the right impression during your interview.  It tells you the best times to visit, what to look for while you’re there, what questions to expect during your interview, what questions you should ask, and more.