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Recommended Reading for Career and College Searches

There are many books on college and career planning.  We have listed a few of our favorites here, all of which are available in the College and Career Center.  Most are also available in local libraries.

Career Planning

The College and Career Center has over 90 books on specific jobs, industries and occupations.

45 specific career industry books to help you understand the skills, responsibilities and requirements of hundreds of careers.

The Career Connections for College Education; A Guide to College Majors and Related Career Opportunities, Fred A. Rowe

The Career Connection for Technical Education: A Guide to Technical Training and Related Career Opportunities, Fred A. Rowe

College Planning

College Unranked, Lloyd Thacker, Taking the pressure off of the college application process and questioning the frenzie over ranking schools.

College Match, Octameron Press. This short, well organized book helps to guide a student in making good choices about types of schools, whether vocational or college programs of study, would be a good match.

Colleges That Change Lives, description of 40 lesser known colleges which are producing winners from a range of students.

College Handbook, College Board.  This comprehensive book gives a synopsis of every four and two year college in the United States.

The College Finder, Steven Antonoff.  This book is packed with listings of four year colleges by a variety of categories such as majors, sports available, social life, and religious affiliation.

Four Year College Admissions Index of Majors and Sports, Wintergreen Orchard House.  Find information on majors and sports offered at four year colleges.

The Best 345 Colleges, Princeton Review.  Colleges were selected for inclusion in this book based on student surveys.  It is packed with useful statistics and information.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Edward Fiske.  This readable guide has fewer statistics and was complied based on student surveys and interviews with administrators.

Insider’s Guide to Colleges, The Yale Daily News.  Written and researched by college students, this book provides a relatively unbiased view of college life at  4 year colleges.

Looking Beyond The Ivy League, Loren Pope.  This refreshing look at the college admission process suggests that students focus on finding a college that is right for them.

150 Popular College Majors, The College Board.   What courses do you take as a communications major? How do you prepare for majoring in computer science? What kinds of jobs do a marketing major lead to? This book answers those and just about any other question you have concerning 150 of the most popular bachelor's degree majors at four-year colleges. Leading professors from colleges across the country tell you what it's like to study the subjects they know best and teach with distinction.

Letting Go, Coburn Treeger.  Written for parents, this book provides helpful advice as children move on toward college.

K W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities, Marybeth KraveHundreds of thousands of students with learning disabilities head to college every year. The challenges seem endless. Aside from coping with difficulties in learning, students and their families face the daunting process of seeking out the right school for their specific needs.  This indispensable resource includes:  advice from specialists in the field of learning disabilities; learning disabled program admission requirements and graduation policies; services available to learning disabled on campus.


Variety of SAT Subject Test, ACT and AP Test Prep books.

10 Real SATs, the College Board.  Use this book to prep for the SAT I test using their 10 practice tests.

ASVAB, Peterson’s.  The book provides complete preparation for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery tests which is required for enlistees to all five branches of the military and used by many high school for career exploration.