Here is our recommendation for sites and books that everyone going through the college search process should be aware of. Many of these sites have tools that are indispensable for the search, and they'll give you plenty of information to help you conduct your own research. It's important to find a combination of sites that work for you, because no one site will have all of the information you need. Mix and match the facts you get from each to get a real picture of what it will be like to attend a specific university.

Researching Colleges:

Choosing a Major:

Virtual Tours and Reviews of Colleges and Universities:

Standardized Tests:

Financial Aid:

Essay Writing

  • The Art of the College Essay, Gabrielle Clancy
  • Write Out Loud, Carol Barash, PhD.

Learning Disabilities:

Athletic Resources:

Books to Check Out

  • Colleges That Change Lives: 40 schools that will change the way you think about colleges, Loren Pope
  • The College Finder, Steven Antonoff, PhD.
  • College Match, Steven Antonoff, PhD.
  • The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of A Premier College, Jacques Steinberg
  • The Truth about Getting In, Katherine Cohen, Ph.D.
  • College Rules!, Sherrie Nist-Olejnik, Ph.D. & Jodi Patrick Holschuh, Ph.D.
  • Getting In! The Zinch Guide to College Admissions and Financial Aid in the Digital Age, Steve Cohen, Anne Dwane, Paulo de Oliveira & Michael Muska


The coaching and advice I received from Carolyn definitely reduced the anxiety I was feeling about applying to colleges. The brainstorming session we had on essay topics helped me narrow down my choices and focus on a subject that was meaningful to me. She also helped prepare me for the alumni interviews which made me much more confident and less nervous. I was glad to have Carolyn’s support throughout this stressful process.

Carolyn Geldermann

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