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College Resources

Books for the initial selection and application process:

  • Antonoff, Steven R. College Match: A Blueprint for Choosing the Best School for You. Alexandria, VA; Octameron Associates. Updated every year.
  • Berger, Sandra L. College Planning for Gifted Students: Choosing and Getting Into the Right College. Prufrock Press, 2006 (3rd ed.).
  • Fiske, Edward. Fiske Guide to Getting Into the Right College. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2007 (3rd ed.).
  • Matthews, Jay. Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That Is Best for You. Roseville, CA: Prima Publishing, 2003.
  • Pope, Loren and Hilary Masell Oswald. Colleges That Change Lives. Revised edition. New York: Penguin Books, 2012.
  • Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League. New York: Penguin Books, 2007 (rev. ed.).
  • Steinberg, Jacques. The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College. New York: New York Times, 2002.
  • [Books published by Octameron and The College Board are available directly from the organizations' websites.]

Financial Aid:

  • The College Board. Meeting College Costs: What You Need to Know Before Your Child and Your Money Leave Home. (2012 ed).
  • Leider, Robert and Anna Leider. Don't Miss Out: The Ambitious Student's Guide to Scholarships and Loans. Alexandria, VA: Octameron Associates.
  • Leider, Anna. The A's and B's of Academic Scholarships: 100,000 Scholarships for Top Students. Alexandria, VA: Octameron Associates.
  • O’Shaunessy, Lynn. The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price. New Jersey: FT Press, 2012 (2nd ed.).


  • Antonoff, Steven R. The College Finder: Choose the School That’s Right for You! Westford, MA: Wintergreen Orchard House, 2008. (Lists colleges by many different categories)
  • Asher, Donald. Cool Colleges: For the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different. 2nd edition. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 2008. (a subjective guide)
  • The College Board. The College Handbook. New York: College Entrance Examination Board. Published every year. (an objective guide)
  • Fiske, Edward B. The Fiske Guide to Colleges. New York: Times Books/Random House. Published every year. (a subjective guide)
  • Greene, Howard and Matthew. The Hidden Ivies: Fifty Top Colleges from Amherst to Williams that Rival the Ivy League. New York: Harper Collins, 2009. 2nd edition. (a subjective guide)
  • Loveland, Elaina. Creative Colleges: a Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers. Belmont, CA: SuperCollege, 2010. 3rd edition.
  • The Princeton Review. The Best 377 Colleges: The Smart Student's Guide to Colleges. New York: Random House. Published every year. (a subjective guide)

Self-Knowledge and Careers:

  • Tieger, Paul and Barbara Barron. Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type. 4th edition. Boston: Little, Brown, 2007.


I am just writing to let you know that I was accepted at Columbia and am planning to attend in the fall! Thank you so much for all of your help preparing my application; it obviously made the difference!