Juniors: More Resources for Your College Search


Last week, we posted the objective guidebooks that we recommend as you research the colleges for your initial list of schools. For this week, here are the subjective guidebooks we recommend. These books provide basic information about schools, including information on acceptance rates, cost and enrollment. But they also "review" colleges and universities the way critics review movies. Using feedback and input from students, faculty, alumni, high school college counselors and others, the information in these books weaves fact and opinion about the student body, athletics, academics, social life, physical setting, dorms and other aspects of campus life.

The books listed here are available in most bookstores, public libraries and the office of your high school college or guidance counselors.  Websites are available to everyone free of charge.


The Best 371 Colleges, Princeton Review

Big Book of Colleges, College Prowler

Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges, Loren Pope

Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement, Princeton Review

Fiske Guide to Colleges, Edward B. Fiske

Student’s Guide to Colleges, edited by Jordan Goldman and Colleen Buyers




Colleges of Distinction

College Prowler


You can find more guidance on research resources and how to use them in Chapter 8 of College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step, "Creating an Initial List of Colleges."

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