PVHSCCC COLLEGE & CAREER LIBRARY: Suggested Reading for Parents & Students
PVHSCCC College & Career Library
Below you will find a number of great books that offer helpful information on College and Career Planning for parents and students! (Descriptions via Google Books)
The College Finder: Choose the School That’s Right for You!
By Steven R. Antonoff, Ph.D.
In the fourth edition of The College Finder, Dr. Steven R. Antonoff has In the fourth edition of The College Finder, Dr. Steven R. Antonoff hascompiled nearly 700 lists that will help students zero in on the colleges where they can get in and fit in. As the author notes, “The primary goal of The College Finder is to expand the pool of schools that students consider, extend the possibilities they envision, and magnify their sense of power as they research colleges.” College guides tend to be thick compendiums offering “snapshots” of hundreds of schools. Much of this information is available on individual college websites, and little of it will help a student differentiate among the thousands of choices out there.
The College Finder is in a class by itself. Essentially, it is a book of lists. The latest edition features lists of schools organized by essential categories (Academics, Student Life, Athletics, Costs, Admission, and Expert Opinions) as well as unexpected classifications (Where Most Students Live On Campus, Great Colleges For Cyclists, Colleges With the Most Computers Available to Students, Great Value Colleges, and Hidden Gems). Want to find out which schools charge no tuition, combine undergraduate degrees with a medical degree, offer toy design, are committed to the environment, love their football teams, seek diversity in their student body, or have unusually accessible teachers
Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions
By Jeffrey Selingo
From award-winning higher education journalist and New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Selingo comes a revealing look from inside the admissions office—one that identifies surprising strategies that will aid in the college search.
In Who Gets In and Why, journalist and higher education expert Jeffrey Selingo dispels entrenched notions of how to compete and win at the admissions game, and reveals that teenagers and parents have much to gain by broadening their notion of what qualifies as a “good college.” Hint: it’s not all about the sticker on the car window. Selingo, who was embedded in three different admissions offices—a selective private university, a leading liberal arts college, and a flagship public campus—closely observed gatekeepers as they made their often agonizing and sometimes life-changing decisions. He also followed select students and their parents, and he traveled around the country meeting with high school counselors, marketers, behind-the-scenes consultants, and college rankers.
While many have long believed that admissions is merit-based, rewarding the best students, Who Gets In and Why presents a more complicated truth, showing that “who gets in” is frequently more about the college’s agenda than the applicant. In a world where thousands of equally qualified students vie for a fixed number of spots at elite institutions, admissions officers often make split-second decisions based on a variety of factors—like diversity, money, and, ultimately, whether a student will enroll if accepted. One of the most insightful books ever about “getting in” and what higher education has become, Who Gets In and Why not only provides an usually intimate look at how admissions decisions get made, but guides prospective students on how to honestly assess their strengths and match with the schools that will best serve their interests.
The Truth about College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together
By Brennan Barnard, Rick Clark
Is your family just starting to think about visiting colleges? Maybe you are in the throes of the experience, feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. Did we miss a deadline? Should we be looking in-state or out-of-state, big school or small school? And what is a "FAFSA" anyway?
The Truth about College Admission is the easy-to-follow, comprehensive, go-to guide for families. The expert author’s “with inside knowledge from both the high school and university sides of the experience” provide critical advice, thoughtful strategies, helpful direction, and invaluable reassurance during the long and often bewildering college admission journey. From searching for colleges and creating a list of favorites to crafting an application, learning what schools are looking for academically and outside the classroom, and getting insight into how colleges decide who to accept, this book covers every important step. Helpful sections like "Try This," "Talk about This," and "Check In" show your family how to have open and balanced conversations to keep everyone on the same page, feeling less stressed, and actually enjoying the adventure together. The Truth about College Admission is the practical and inspiring guidebook your family needs, an essential companion along the path to college acceptance.
Teen's Guide to College & Career Planning
By Justin Ross Muchnick
With input from teens, parents, and numerous experts, Teens' Guide to College & Career Planning knows just how to talk to high school students about the important decisions involving life after graduation. This easy-to-read guide, with updated content, enables busy students to hone in on the right information for them. Whether it's mapping the road from high school to college, figuring out financial aid, determining if joining the military is the right move, preparing for an interview, or developing early career skills, Teens' Guide addresses each option available to young adults with meaningful information. Inside you'll find valuable advice from guidance counselors, instructors, college admission officials, military officers, and most importantly-other high school students!
College Admission Essentials: A Step-by-Step Guide to Showing Colleges Who You Are and What Matters to You
By Ethan Sawyer
You may think that getting an acceptance letter from selective colleges and universities is a mad dash to the top that only the very best students survive, and those who make it are just the lucky ones. Stress levels soar as it feels like the bar is rising higher and everything is out of your control. But that's not true! You can take control, and you can do it in a way that's as effective as it is empowering. From describing your extracurriculars to interviews with admission officers, it comes down to two questions:
What matters most to you? How does it manifest in your life?
The answers will give direction to every part of the admission process. Ethan Sawyer (the College Essay Guy), along with dozens of top admission experts, will help you stand out by showing colleges and universities how your values and your drive will change you, your alma mater, and the world.
Inside you'll find...Advice and insight from a team of counselors, advisors, and deans of admission, Interactive exercises that quickly and easily provide the best content for your application, Access to a massive database of online resources, including organizational tools and in-depth guides, Guidance for veterans, students with learning differences, LGBTQ+ students, students interested in women's colleges or HBCUs, and more!
HELPFUL WEBSITES TO EXPLORE!
|Target Issue||Description or Special Features||Website Address|
|College Planning||National Assoc. of College Admission Counseling’s links to resources for college planning||www.nacacnet.org|
|College Planning||Planning, applying, deciding, and financing college||www.collegeanswer.com|
|College Planning||Investigate college majors||www.mymajors.com|
|College Planning||Plan and investigate college options||www.collegegrazing.com|
|College Planning||Considering a gap year?|
|College Planning||What Can I Do With A Major In...??|
|College Planning||Which College Major Should You Be?|
|College Planning||NY Times 4 Steps to Choosing College Major|
|College Planning||The Students Guide to Choosing a Major|
|College Planning||Guide to Choosing a College Major|
|College Search||Investigate colleges, college majors, test prep for SAT and AP classes||www.collegeboard.com|
|College Search||College profiles, majors, viewbooks, applications, has great articles||www.nextstepmagazine.com|
|College Search||Colleges That Change Lives||www.ctcl.com|
|College Search||Resources for college search, admissions & Scholarship||Unigo|
|College Search||Specialty schools & opportunities around the world||www.collegeview.com|
|College Search||College search, test prep, and financial aid||Fiske Guide|
|College Search||Colleges of Distinction||www.collegesofdistinction.com|
|College Search||The Community College option||http://bit.ly/1DeG7cF|
|College Search||College admission/search info||Big Future College Search|
|SAT Testing||SAT and SAT registration info||www.collegeboard.com|
|SAT Testing||STA Score Reports: Which colleges want what? - PDF||www.collegeboard.com|
|ACT Testing||ACT and ACT registration info||www.actstudent.org|
|Testing||How do ACT and SAT scores compare? - PDF||www.act.org|
|Testing||Test-optional colleges by state and A - Z||www.fairtest.org/univ/optional.htm|
|Athletes||NCAA recruitment rules, and eligibility infoNCAA Clearinghouse||www.ncaa.org|
|Athletes||National Assoc. of Intercollegiate Athletics||www.naia.org|
|LD||College planning for students with learning disabilities||www.chadd.org|
|LD||College planning for students with learning disabilities||college.planning.LD.html|
|LD||College planning for students with learning disabilities||www.ldanatl.org/|
|Canadian Schools||Search programs and info on Canadian universities||www.schoolfinder.com|
|Accelerated Med Programs||Combined BA-MD programs||www.aamc.org|
|Career||Occupational Outlook Handbook - Up to date info on hundreds of careers||http://stats.bls.gov/ooh/|
Connecting high school students of all backgrounds to a proven selection of exceptional opportunities for college and life.
|Career||Connecting College Majors to Careers||career.berkeley.edu/|
|Career||A guide created by UC Berkeley to help you learn more about the careers you’ve been considering.||Career Center|
|Career||Guide into career descriptions with links to the“real” world. Provides links to resources.||Occupational Outlook Handbook|
|Career||The most extensive career resource library online. Smart career decisions start here!||Career One Stop|
|Career||Personality assessment provides detailed report on your personality type. Explore a list of suggested careers and majors that fit your personality and strengths.||My Road Career|
|Career||Career exploration defined by you. Check this out on your Naviance Family Connection as well!||Road Trip Nation|
|Career||Princeton Review Career Search Tool||https://bit.ly/2LavLH0|
|U.S. Colleges||Alphabetical list of colleges in the United States. Provides links to International schools.||American Colleges|
|California Junior Colleges||List of community colleges with addresses, phone numbers, and Internet links.||California Community Colleges|
|Campus Tours||Scheduled regional college tours||www.college-visits.com|
|College Catalogs||College and University Catalogs||www.collegesource.org|
|Financial Aid||Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)||www.wiche.edu/wue|
|Financial Aid||Merit Aid Database|
SUMMER 2021 - OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPLORE!
Sponsored by the Association for Pre-College Program Directors
Current high school students, parents, guardians, and education professionals are invited to register for the 2021 Summer Pre-College Virtual Program Fairs, taking place beginning in January 2021. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with representatives from leading US colleges and universities to learn more about Summer 2021 academic programs for high school students.
Registration is FREE to all attendees. Limit one event registration per household.
Download a Summer Pre-College Virtual Fair Flyer here.
To identify colleges and universities that have programs you may be interested in, visit Summer Study in the USA, a searchable database of summer and short-term programs. This website allows you to search for summer programs by your current grade, subject area, location, financial aid, and more. Quick links take you right to more information about the programs that fit your interests.
|Virtual Fair Dates||Times||Registration Opens|
|Saturday, January 9, 2021||11:00am to 1:00pm EST||This event is closed.|
|Wednesday, February 3, 2021||7:00pm to 9:00pm EST||Click Here to Register for the February 3 event|
|Saturday, February 20, 2021||11:00am to 1:00pm EST||Click Here to Register for the February 20 event|
|Wednesday, March 3, 2021||7:00pm to 9:00pm EST||Tuesday, February 23, 2021|
|Saturday, April 10, 2021||11:00am to 1:00pm EST||Thursday, March 4, 2021|
To prepare for attending a fair, visit SummerStudyintheUSA.org to find institutions that have programs which fulfill your needs. You can search by credit, academic area, financial aid, and more.
|Institution||Jan 9||Feb 3||Feb 20||Mar 3||Apr 10|
|Barnard College, Columbia University||✓||✓|
|Bowling Green State University||✓|
|Carnegie Mellon University||✓||✓||✓|
|Illinois Institute of Technology||✓|
|Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Johns Hopkins University, Summer and Intersession Programs||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Loyola Marymount University||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|New York University||✓||✓|
|Point Park University||✓||✓|
|Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|School of the New York Times||✓||✓||✓|
|Sotheby’s Institute of Art||✓||✓|
|Stevens Institute of Technology||✓||✓|
|UC Santa Barbara||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|UC Santa Cruz||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)||✓||✓||✓|
|University of Chicago||✓||✓||✓|
|University of Connecticut||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|University of Miami||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|University of Montana||✓|
|University of Notre Dame||✓|
|University of Rochester||✓||✓||✓|
|University of Southern California (USC)||✓|
|University of Virginia||✓|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||✓||✓||✓|
|Wake Forest University||✓||✓|
|Washington University in St. Louis||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Worcester Polytechnic Institute||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|