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Books about Applying for & Attending College

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Students' Guide to Colleges - Jordan Goldman and Colleen Buyers
Call Number: 378.73 STU
College guides are a must for any teenager trying to choose the right school. Unfortunately, most guidebooks are vague, boring tomes written by administrators and journalists, instead of the real experts–the college students that actually go there. Students’ Guide to Colleges is different. Entirely student-written and edited, this invaluable resource cuts through the cant with comprehensive listings of the vital statistics and requirements for America’s top 100 schools accompanied by three totally honest, fresh, fun-to-read descriptions penned by attending undergrads from different walks of life.

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College Essays that Made a Difference - The Princeton Review
Call Number: 378.1616 COL
What's the scariest part of the college application? For most, it's that big white space where an essay is supposed to go. This book puts you in the admissions officer's seat. We give you all the details-test scores, GPAs, demographic information, and of course, essays-123 of them from 103 unique college hopefuls. You'll find out where they applied and ultimately got in. Book jacket.

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Going Back to College - Dolores A. Mize
Call Number: 378.198 MIZ
The grown-up's guide to higher education.Adults make up 41% of students on campus today, but the truth is many enter college feeling lost, uncomfortable, and 'too old' in the traditional class structure. This book provides information that is unique to the adult learning experience, including selecting the right school and courses, online enrollment and advisement, school for the full-time parent, juggling classes and a job, and more. --Author is a higher education leader who received her doctorate as a single parent --Covers every unique challenge for the adult college student

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The College Board Book of Majors
Call Number: 378.199 COL
The College Board Book of Majors is the most comprehensive guide to undergraduate majors. Written for high school students, it describes nearly 200 of the most popular majors in depth: how they are taught at different institutions, what courses students can expect to take, careers they may lead to, and much more. Each of these detailed descriptions was compiled from the contribution of a professor teaching in the field. Indexes show which U.S. colleges and universities offer over 900 majors at every degree level.

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The Best Way to Save for College - Joseph F. Hurley
Call Number: 378.38 HUR
With over 90,000 copies sold, The Best Way to Save for College has become the one book college-bound families and professional planners must read.

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Barrons Profiles of American Colleges
Call Number: 378.73 BAR
The updated resource for college-bound students and their parents features current facts and figures on enrollments, tuition and fees, academic programs, campus environment, available financial aid, and more. An interactive CD-ROM guides students to specific schools and academic plans.

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College Board: Getting Financial Aid
Call Number: 378.3 COL
This simple, friendly, step-by-step guide explains how to get financial aid to help you pay for college. It also gives you the “financial aid picture” for each of more than 3,000 colleges, universities, and technical schools. Includes “Know the Lingo” guides to key financial aid terms; step-by-step guides to filling out the FAFSA and other forms; details about unique scholarships offered by colleges; lists of colleges that offer scholarships for artistic or musical talent, NCAA sports, ROTC, and academics; advice on working your way through college; and strategies for going “beyond the forms” to get the aid you really need.

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Peterson's College Money Handbook
Call Number: 378.3 PET
Public funds abound in this comprehensive directory of more than $50 billion in financial aid opportunities available from more than 2,100 four-year colleges, including federal grants, work-study programs, need-based grants, academic scholarships, and more.

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New Guide for Occupational Exploration - Michael Farr, Laurence Shatkin
Call Number: 331.702 FAR (Adult Oversize)
Get a feel for specific careers and whether they match your interests. Begin by identifying your interest level in 16 Interest Areas. You then examine Work Groups of jobs within the cluster to identify types of careers that interest you most. Finally, specific jobs are listed within those Work Groups. The process is simple, and after you narrow down your options, you are provided with loads of information for each Work Group to help you decide which jobs to explore in more detail.

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Countdown to College: 21 To-Do Lists for High School - Valerie Pierce with Cheryl Rilly
Call Number: TEEN 378.161 PIE
These invaluable To-Do lists show 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th graders WHAT to do and WHEN to do it to ensure their admission to the college of their choice. There will be no missed deadlines or missed opportunities with these step-by-step strategies for success.

Online Collections

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  • Exploring Colleges
    Search inside The College Blue Book, a directory of universities, colleges and vocational schools in the U.S. and Canada. Covers the expected listings and detailed descriptions, degree programs offered, scholarships, and occupational education programs.
  • Choosing a College
    Read magazine articles about how things to consider when choosing a college.
  • College Preparation  
    These resources from Learning Express Library offer the preparation tools and tips every college-bound high school student needs for a smooth and successful admissions process.
  • College Rankings
    Read various magazine articles about college & university rankings.
  • GED Preparation  
    Includes: GED Practice Exams; GED Preparation Courses; GED Skills Improvement; Spanish Language GED Preparation
  • LearningExpressLibrary: ACT/SAT Test Prep  
    If you need to pass an important test, get extra help for your courses, or ensure a top score on a graduate school entrance exam, the resources here can help you reach your goal.


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