College Resources

College Resource Guides

The following guides can help your navigate through the college preparation and application process.

College Search Guides

Objective, subjective and preliminary list-builder books


  • The Bullis School College Counseling Handbook
  • Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges - Frederick E. Rugg. Undergraduate programs and majors which are recommended on strength of specific academic programs. A great tool for list-building
  • Barron’s Guide to the Most Competitive Colleges
  • The College Board Index of Majors
  • The College Board Handbook - Comprehensive guide to colleges
  • The Fiske Guide to Getting Into the Right Colleges - Balanced review of colleges, sets the standard for college guides
  • The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges - Subjective student reviews of colleges compiled and edited by the staff of The Yale Daily News


  • TCCi - Web-based guidance management system by Naviance. Available to juniors, seniors and their parents. 

Additional College Resources Books

  • Best Buys in College Education - Lucia Solorzano
  • Campus Pursuit: Making the Most of Your Visit and Interview - G. Gary Ripple
  • The College Admission Mystique - Bill Mayher
  • College Finder: Choosing the School That’s Right For You - Stephen Antonoff
  • Cool Colleges for the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming and Just Plain Different - Donald Asher. A fun and different look at specific schools and programs.
  • Colleges That Change Lives - Loren Pope. Forty schools are highlighted that accept students with a wide range of abilities
  • Getting In: Inside the College Admissions Process - Henry Paul and Bill Paul
  • Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That is Best for You - Jay Matthews
  • The Hidden Ivies: 30 Colleges of Excellence — Howard R. Green
  • Inside the Top Colleges: Realities of Life and Learning in America’s Elite Colleges - Howard Greene
  • Looking Beyond the Ivy League - Loren Pope. Highly regarded perspective from an old pro; assists students and parents in finding the school that best fits the student’s needs
  • Making a Difference College Guide - Miriam Weinstein (for campus activists)
  • Making It Into a Top College: 10 Steps to Gaining Admission to Selective Colleges and Universities - Howard Greene
  • Playing the Selective College Admissions Game - Richard Moll

Test Prep Guides

  • The Official SAT Study Guide
  • 10 Real SAT II’s
  • The Real ACT Prep Guide
  • Word Smart

College Application Essays

  • 50 Successful Harvard Application Essays
  • The College Application Essay - Sarah Myers McGinty
  • Do It Write: How to Prepare a Great College Application - G. Gary Ripple
  • How to Write a Winning College Application Essay - Michael Mason
  • Writing a Successful College Application Essay - George Ehrenhaft
  • Writing a Winning College Application Essay - Davidson and McCloskey

Financial Aid

  • Sallie Mae How to Pay for College: A Practical Guide for Families
  • The ABC’s of College Financial Aid - A complete how to guide to maximizing your student financial aid
  • Fast Web College Gold - Kantrowitz
  • College Board Cost & Financial Aid Handbook
  • College Board Scholarship Handbook
  • Don’t Miss Out—The Ambitious Student’s Guide to Financial Aid - Leider

College Athletics

  • The Bullis School Guide for College-Bound Student-Athletes
  • The National Directory of College Athletics: Official Publication of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics - Contact information for every college coach in any sport at all levels
  • Peterson’s Sports Scholarships and College Athletic Programs
  • The Game of Life: College Sports and Educational Values - James L. Shulman and William Bowen. Highly regarded study about the role of athletics in the admissions process.
  • Advising Student Athletes - Koehler

Parents’ Guidebooks to College

  • Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College - Patricia Pasick
  • College Admissions - A Crash Course for Panicked Parents - Rubestone and Dalby. Straight talk for anxious parents from top admissions professionals
  • Fifty College Admissions Directors Speak to Parents - Sandra MacGowen and Sarah McGinty
  • Letting Go - Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger. A parents’ guide to understanding the college years
  • College Mystique - Mayher

Multicultural Books

  • African American Student’s College Guide: Your One-Stop Resource for Choosing the Right College, Getting in and Paying the Bill - Isaac Black
  • The 100 Best Colleges for African-American Students - Erlene B. Wilson
  • Hillel Guide to Jewish Life On Campus - Expert advice on everything from enrollment to student organizations
  • The Multicultural Students Guide to Colleges: What every African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic and Native American Applicant Needs to Know About America’s Top Schools - Robert Mitchell

Learning Disabilities

  • The College Source Book For Students with Learning and Developmental Differences - Lipkin
  • Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADD - Petersons
  • The K & W Guide to Colleges for Students With Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit Disorders - Marybeth Kravet and Imy Wax

Performing Arts

  • Performing Arts Major’s College Guide - Arco
  • Professional Degree Programs in Visual and Performing Arts
  • Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers - Loveland

International Universities

The Complete Guide to Canadian Universities

Alternatives to College

Taking Time Off - Colin Hall and Ron Lieber - Inspiring stories of students who enjoyed successful breaks from college and how you can plan your own


  • A Tribe Apart - Patricia Hersch - A journey into the heart of American adolescence
  • The Ambitious Generation - Barbara Schneider and David Stevenson. America’s teenagers, motivated but directionless
  • Greater Expectations: Overcoming the Culture of Indulgence in Our Homes and Schools - William Damon


  • Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type - Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger
  • What Color is Your Parachute? 2001: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers - Richard Nelson Bolles


  • The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy - Nicholas Lemann. An historical analysis of the idea of the SAT, the stories of the people who designed it, the students who benefited from it and recent battles over standardized testing and affirmative action
  • Yale Daily News Guide to Summer Programs: A High School Student’s Guide to an Amazing Summer - Sara Schwebel
  • The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College - Jacques Steinberg
  • College Unranked: Affirming Educational Values in College Admissions - Thacker
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