New Reference Books: The College Collection

By - Library Web Services / Archives Assistant September 16th, 2008

Deb Baker -Interim Reference Librarian

Whether you are just starting to think about college choices or are nearly ready to apply, there is a book to help you make informed decisions. Ohrstrom Library’s updated college guide collection, now located on a shelf near the front desk, is on reserve for use in the library. Not sure where to begin? Explore the most recent editions of several wide-ranging guides, including The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Princeton Review’s The 368 Best Colleges, and Rugg’s Recommendations On the Colleges.

If you are seeking a student or alumni perspective, consult The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges, published by Yale Daily News, or The College Buzz Book.  Perhaps you want a more nuanced picture of the Ivies and other highly ranked campuses? Peruse Choosing the Right College: The Whole Truth About America’s Top Schools or Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You.

Are you eager to turn your education into action? Read Making a Difference Colleges: Distinctive Colleges to Make a Better World, or Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Other specialty titles such as Study Away: the Unauthorized Guide to College Abroad or The Gay and Lesbian Guide to College Life can help you find your niche. Curl up in a comfortable spot in the library and discover the always fascinating but sometimes confusing avenues for pursuing higher education. With so many options ahead of you, a good reference book can help guide the way.   However . . .

A Special Note:

As helpful and enlightening as these handbooks, manuals and guides can be for gaining a preliminary overview of the wide range of colleges and universities out there, these library holdings represent just a tiny fraction of the vast array of services and information sources available at the SPS College Office where advisers will provide you with customized assistance throughout every step of the college search and applications process.  For more detail regarding the important work and resources provided by your College Office click HERE.

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