A Reading Report: College Match

It was my good fortune to learn from Dr. Steven R. Antonoff at IECA's Summer Training Institute at Swarthmore in July.  He taught sessions titled "Essentials of College Consulting" and "Building the College List," both of which were two of my favorite sessions.  As part of one of these sessions, he gave us each a copy of his book College Match: A Blueprint for Choosing the Best School for You, 12th edition.  I felt like I was part of the Oprah audience!

After the wild rejoicing died down, I did a quick flip through the book.  Here are a few of the topics covered:

  • What are you looking for in a college?
  • Paying for college
  • Building your college list
  • The admission process revealed

These just touch on the comprehensive nature of this book.  I pretty much devoured the thing once I got home.  I'm still digesting it.  ...all figuratively, of course.

While College Match covers a lot of ground, the book is still just 173 pages.  It is mostly addressed to students, but it also has some messages for parents.  The student sections are very workbook-oriented in style.  This book is a practical, well-articulated guide through college planning and identification.  It points the reader to appropriate resources at each step of the college-matching process, helping the student sort through the chaff out there.

My students will likely see a worksheet or two from this book, if not the full book itself.  Especially for students not working with a consultant or counselor, I highly recommend this resource.