Resources and Links

Class 11 Parents' Spring 2018 College Webinar

Please click HERE to view the Class 11 Parents' Spring College Webinar, hosted by the Directors of College Guidance on May 8, 2018. Parents learned about the college guidance program and events in Class 12.

Summer 2018 Programs and Opportunities

Class 11 Parents' College Night Presentation

College Testing Overview 2017

Click the links below to download a recording of the presentation.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

College Financial Aid Presentation

Compass Prep PowerPoint and Resource Guide

Please click here to download the Compass Prep "Guide to College Admission Testing” for the most up-to-date information on college standardized testing.

Please also view the accompanying PowerPoint here.

Links: Naviance, Transcript Request Form and School Profile

Helpful Websites

Reading List for Students

  • Asher, Donald, Cool Colleges, Revised: For the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different, Ten Speed Press.
  • Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges, Barron’s Educational Series.
  • The College Board Campus Visits and College Interviews, The College Board.
  • The College Board College Handbook, The College Board.
  • The College Board Book of Majors, The College Board.
  • Complete Book of Colleges, The Princeton Review.
  • Denby, David, Great Books (about Columbia’s core curriculum), Simon & Schuster.
  • Fiske, Edward, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Times Books.
  • Fiske, Edward, The Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College, Times Books.
  • Franck, Marion R. and Springer, Sally P., Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College, Wiley, John & Sons.
  • Guide to College Visits: Planning Trips to Popular Campuses in the Northeast, Southeast, West and Midwest, The Princeton Review.
  • The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges: Students on Campus Tell You What You Really Want to Know, The Yale Daily News, Griffin Trade Paperback.
  • Kravets, Marybeth, The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities, Random House.
  • Mathews, Jay, Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That is Best for You, Prima.
  • Mayher, Bill, The College Admissions Mystique, Noonday Press.
  • McGinty, Sarah, The College Application Essay, The College Board.
  • Nadeau, Kathleen G., Survival Guide for College Students with ADHD or LD, American Psychological Association.
  • Nemko, Martin, The All-in-One College Guide, Barron’s.
  • Pope, Loren, Colleges that Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges, Penguin.
  • Pope, Loren, Looking beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College that’s Right for You, Wintergreen-Orchard House.

Reading List for Parents

  • Carr, Marie Pinak and Carr, Katherine, Sending Your Child to College: The Prepared Parent’s Operational Manual, Dicmar Publishing Company.
  • Coburn, Karen and Treeger, M., Letting Go: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years, Harper Collins.
  • Goodman, Steven Roy and Leiman, Andrea, College Admissions Together: It Takes a Family, Intl Pub Marketing. Jones, Marilee et al, Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College.
  • Admissions and Beyond, American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Ostrum, Eva, The Thinking Parent's Guide to College Admissions: The Step-by-Step Program to Get Kids into the Schools of Their Dreams, Penguin Books.
  • Thacker, Lloyd, ed., College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy, Harvard University Press.
  • Thompson, Michael, The Pressured Child: Freeing Our Kids from Performance Overdrive and Helping Them Find Success in School and Life, Random House Publishing Group.

The Application Process, Review and the Decision Reading List

  • Avery, Christopher et al, The Early Admissions Game: Joining the Elite, Harvard University Press.
  • Bardin, Matt, Zen in the Art of the SAT: How to Think, Focus, and Achieve Your Highest Score, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • Bauld, Harry, On Writing the College Application Essay: They Key to Acceptance and the College of Your Choice, HarperCollins Publishers.
  • The College Board Official SAT Study Guide, The College Board. The College Board Official Study Guide for All SAT Subject Tests, The College Board.
  • Fetter, Jean, Questions and Admissions: Reflections on 100,000 Admissions Decisions at Stanford, Stanford U. Press.
  • Fiske, Edward and Hammond, Bruce, What to Do When for College, Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Kramer, Stephen and London, Michael, The New Rules of College Admissions: Ten Former Admissions Officers Reveal What It Takes to Get Into College Today, Simon & Schuster.
  • Lamott, Anne, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Knopf.
  • 100 Successful College Application Essays, Harvard Independent, NAL.
  • Paul, Bill, Getting in: Inside the College Admissions Process, Perseus.
  • The Real ACT Prep Guide: The Only Official Prep Guide from the Makers of the ACT, Peterson’s.
  • Mitchell, Joyce S., Winning the Heart of the Admissions Dean, An Expert’s Advice for Getting into College, St. Martin’s Press.
  • Ripple, Gary, Do-It Write: How to Prepare a Great College Application, Octameron.
  • Steinberg, Jacques, The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College, Viking Penguin.
  • Stewart, Mark Alan and Muchnick, Cynthia Clumeck, Best College Admission Essays, Peterson’s.
  • Toor, Rachel, Admissions Confidential: An Insider’s Account of the Elite College Selection Process, Ten Speed Press.
  • Zinsser, William, On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, Harper Collins.

Diversity and Gender Reading List

  • Beckham, Barry, Beckham's Guide to Scholarships: For Black and Minority Students, Beckham Publications Group Inc.
  • Black, Isaac, African American Student’s College Guide: Your One-Stop Resource for Choosing the Right College, Getting in, and Paying the Bill, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Bowen, William and Bok, Derek, The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions, Princeton University Press.
  • DiPrete, Thomas and Buchmann, Claudia, The Rise of Women: The Growing Gender Gap in Education and What It Means for American Schools, Russell Sage Foundation.
  • Valverde, Leonard A., The Latino Student’s Guide to College Success, Heinemann. Massey, Douglas S., The Source of the River: The Social Origins of Freshmen at America’s Selective Colleges and Universities, Princeton University Press.

Athletics, Performing Arts and Study Abroad Reading List

  • Brown, Stewart, The Student Athlete's Guide to Getting Recruited: How to Win Scholarships, Attract Colleges and Excel as an Athlete, Supercollege, LIC.
  • Haigler, Karl and Nelson, Rae, The Gap-Year Advantage: Helping Your Child Benefit from Time Off Before or During College, St. Martin’s Griffin.
  • Loveland, Elaina, Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers, Supercollege, Llc.
  • Peterson’s College Guide for Performing Arts Majors, Peterson’s. Peterson’s College Guide for Visual Arts Majors: The Real-World Admission Guide for Fine Arts, Design, and Media Majors, Peterson’s. Peterson’s Culinary Schools, Peterson’s.
  • Schulman, James and Bowen, William, The Game of Life: College Sports and Educational Values, Princeton University Press.

Athletic Recruiting and NCAA Eligibility

The most important factor in the recruiting process is for the student to make her academic achievement the highest priority. Stronger grades will present greater opportunities. While the athletic recruiting process varies depending on whether a student is a Division I or Division III recruit, the student’s first step should be to have a discussion with her coach about the level of collegiate play that would be suitable for her. The student should also ask her coach about the proper steps to take to increase the chances of recruiting (eg. camps, tournaments, showcases, etc.). Many students prepare a letter and resume to send to the coaches at schools of interest as a way to make initial contact. Once the student has a better sense of her appropriate level of college play, she should meet with the college counselors to begin discussions about schools and programs that fit her academic and athletic abilities.

NCAA Eligibility Registration

Gap Year Fairs and Program Profiles