Guidance Counselor Pro Tip: Read College Statistics
You are the high school
guidance counselor. Like your counterparts in public and private school, you need a book to explain the differences between colleges. When you are looking for colleges that might be a good fit, it's important to read the fine print. Knowing the numbers and statistics about a college will help your child earn college admission
and scholarships. You can compare college statistics using any of these books. You can also find them at the library.
Now listen up, these college books are HUGE - really as big as the old "Yellow Pages" from a major city! Bigger than a college Chemistry book! So here is what you need to do... read JUST the pages with the 20 or so colleges that you are considering. Don't read the whole book (PLEASE don't read the whole book!) Don't get overwhelmed. But do read every single word about the few colleges you are interested in.
Choose a book from this list.:
Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017 Edition by Edward Fiske
The Complete Book of Colleges, 2017 Edition: The Mega-Guide to 1,355 Colleges and Universities by Princeton Review
Best Colleges 2017: Find the Best Colleges for You by U. S. News and World Report
College Board College Handbook 2017 by The College Board
Peterson's Four-Year Colleges 2017 by Peterson's
Remember, don't read these books cover to cover! Instead, only read the colleges where your child might want to visit. Begin your college search at a college fair. Then do your research on the colleges so you can have a manageable list of colleges where you would like your child to apply.
After your research and college visits, your goal is to have 4-8 colleges where your child will be applying. Those colleges should be a mix of reach, fit, and safety - did you need to read more about that? Reach, Fit, and Safety Simplified
Finish up all your college search stuff by the end of junior year, so the first day of senior year you are ready to apply to the colleges that are the best fit!