In our college counseling practice, we often offer seminars to help parents improve their college knowledge. As part of these seminars, we offer parents a list of our favorite books on the college admissions process, "go-to" websites, as well as this list of some of our favorite blogs:
The blog is written by Michele Hernandez and Mimi Doe, as well as others on their staff. Michele is a college counselor and author of several books on counseling, including A is for Admission. Mimi is a psychologist and author. This blog is for students and parents who are looking for insights beyond the basics.
Written by Peter van Buskirk, the former Dean of Admission at Franklin & Marshall College as well as author of Winning the College Admission Game; Strategies for Students and Parents. Peter also blogs for U.S. News and World Report on college admissions topics. Check out the Resources section of his website in addition to his blog, chock full of useful tips.
This is the blog from the authors of College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step, one of whom was Dean of Admissions at Stanford. We find some of the information in the book outdated, but not so their blog.
A big disclaimer: we are not fans of the focus on admissions to ultra-selective (read: virtually impossible to enter) colleges that is espoused in this blog. That said, there are tips to be found by those with patience to scour their blog posts. Just ignore the Ivy League references and dig for salient nuggets of information.
This college counselor has expertise in working with students with AD/HD, as well as students who are focused in the arts. These areas inform their blog, adding a different perspective.
And, for a dose of much-needed humor and some interesting tips, too:
If you like the blog, you might want to check out the book by the same name. In addition to laugh-out-loud vignettes, this blog does have some down-to-earth counsel. Enjoy!