Resources: Books and Websites

Gael's Favorite Books

Fiske Guide to Colleges, Edward Fiske

This is the best resource you can own. Fiske highlights top colleges in the US (and a few Canadian Colleges as well). His overview is a compilation of thoughtful reflection from students and administrators. Readers especially like the overlap box that points to similar colleges as well as a list of preprofessional majors and colleges that are especially strong in that major.

Colleges that Change Lives, Lauren Pope

Pope goes beyond the name-brand colleges and introduces the reader to 40 lesser-known but outstanding colleges where collaboration replaces competition and where professors are "devoted to helping young people develop their powers, mentors who often become their valued friends." Families who really want to understand the breadth of education opportunities available to a student should read this cover to cover.

The Best 376 Colleges, The Princeton Review

Learn about the academics, life and student culture from those who actually attend each college. Concerned about the male/female ratio? Want to know which majors are most popular? You'll find lots of solid information to guide your research. Be sure to check out the funky list in the gray pages up front. With categories like dorms like palaces, dorms like dungeons, best campus food, is it food?, etc., you are sure to have some fun.

Book of Majors, The College Board

This is a book of possibilities…195 of them! After spending four years in high school wading through English, math, science and foreign language, students can get excited about the opportunities that are about to come their way in college. Each major cleverly addresses the typical courses required and what the study of the major is like. It even gives a list of other majors you might like, questions to ask colleges, career options and trends, etc.

The Official SAT Study Guide with DVD, The College Board

Students serious about doing well on the SAT will appreciate the full-length practice tests that are featured in the book.

The Real ACT Prep Guide: The Only Guide to Include 3Real ACT Tests, ACTOrg

Students serious about doing well on the ACT will appreciate the full-length practice tests that are featured in the book.

The K & W Guide for Students with Learning Disabilities, 10th Edition, by Princeton Review, Marybeth Kravets, and Imy Wax,

Kravets and Wax have produced one of the best and most comprehensive books about colleges that offer programs and services for students with learning disabilities AD/HD.

The College Solution, by Lynn O'Shaughnessy

Lynn O'Shaughnessy understands the intricacies of obtaining financial and merit aid from colleges and how to assess the best value for your family. She focuses on the issues that impact cost and offers a guide to manage the process. This is a must read for families concerned about the high cost of college.


Gael's Favorite Websites


Gael Casner
Greenbrae, CA

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