“Suggested Syllabus”

For Parents


You may find some of the following resources useful as you navigate the college admissions process.

Many of the authors listed below also have TED Talks and other online videos.



Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania

By Frank Bruni


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

By Susan Cain


Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls

By Lisa D’Amour, PhD


Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

By Angela Duckworth 


Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success

By Madeline Levine, PhD


The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids

By Alexandra Robbins


The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College

By Jacque Steinberg



Typ0s, Repeated Words Words, And Other Signs Of Humanity On Your College Application

From Georgia Tech Admission Blog


The Truth About College Rankings

From Study in the USA



Fiske Guide to Colleges


Colleges That Change Lives

Cool Colleges

Big Future


The College Board Book of Majors




National Center for Educational Statistics College Navigator