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Consolidated list of THE *best books* for choices, essays, applications & admissions

aussietechieaussietechie Registered User Posts: 156 Junior Member
edited November 2012 in College Admissions
Please, read what is below, but if you have read some already then please note your favourite below!
Also if you do order some, let me know which ones and then once you have read the books, please add your thoughts.

This list has been compiled from previous topics on CC. In fact, I read over 23 topics and pulled the positive and negative comments on each of these books so I could work out which ones were preferred overall.

The Top 6 Most Recommended Books
Post edited by aussietechie on

Replies to: Consolidated list of THE *best books* for choices, essays, applications & admissions

  • dancetilldawndancetilldawn Registered User Posts: 165 Junior Member
    This is a great guide, thank you for compiling this! Which ones would you recommend most for a rising senior, someone that doesn't have time to add a bunch of EC's or take 20 more AP classes?
  • PancakedPancaked Registered User Posts: 3,355 Senior Member
    Well done.

    How about:
    "Reflections on 100,000 Admissions Decisions at Stanford"

    I haven't read it personally but I've heard it's pretty solid.
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 30,062 Senior Member
    I have read several of these, found them useful. I would probably say Fiske was most useful to us, our copies are dog eared from use.

    One I would add to the list that I liked best of all:

    "How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get Into College By Standing Out (Without Burning Out)" by Cal Newport
  • RecoveringhoboRecoveringhobo Registered User Posts: 87 Junior Member
    Thanks for compiling this list. I don't agree with some the decisions such as putting Fisk Guide to Colleges over The Best 373 Colleges - but hey - opinions are opinions.

    And like dancetilldawn I would also like to know what is best recommended to a rising senior.
  • illusoryillusory Registered User Posts: 37 New Member
    I have to second the Cal Newport recommendation... I read it as a freshman (~2 years ago), and it saved me loads and loads of grief. Of course, I haven't applied for college yet, so I have no idea as to the practical application of his ideas in that realm. But I am a big fan of his blog (been following it for +3 years, woot!), and his studying techniques have had a profound effect on my HS academic career.
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