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Books About College Admissions:

The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College, by Jacques Steinberg (New York: Penguin, 2003): Describes the author’s experience observing an admissions cycle at Wesleyan University.
Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of Elites, by Mitchell Stevens (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009): Describes the author’s experience observing the admissions process at Hamilton College.
Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges, by Loren Pope and Hilary Masell Oswald (New York: Penguin Books, 2012): Descriptions of 40 lesser-known but excellent liberal arts colleges.
Fiske Guide to Colleges, by Edward Fiske (Napierville, IL: Sourcebooks, 2013): Updated annually. Contains profiles and personal descriptions of more than 320 popular colleges and universities.
Insider Guide to the Colleges, Yale Daily News Staff (New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012): Updated annually. Contains profiles and personal descriptions of more than 330 colleges and universities.
On Writing the College Application Essay, 25th Anniversary Edition: The Key to Acceptance at the College of Your Choice, by Henry Bauld (New York: Collins Reference, 2012): A former Ivy League admissions officer provides tough and funny advice on coming up with the best essay possible.
The College Application Essay: All-New Fifth Edition, by Sarah Myers McGinty (Princeton, NJ: College Board, 2012): Contains excellent, easy-to-follow advice on writing effective college application essays.