Resources for the College Process

Greystone Educational Consulting understands how overwhelming the college process can be. Below is a list of college resources including books, useful websites, and tools that will help you navigate the variety of tasks that need to be completed as part of the college search and application process.

Suggested Reading

Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope
Originally written twenty years ago and recently revised, this is an excellent resource for those looking for colleges that go the extra mile for their students. It lists colleges known for close relationships between students and faculty, and it espouses the idea that as consumers of colleges, students (and parents) should take a close look at how a college educates its undergraduates.

Looking Beyond the Ivy League. Finding the College That is Right for You by Loren Pope
There are many colleges out there that will set your student on the path for a fulfilling and successful life. You just have to look! Loren Pope sets out the twenty myths that can jinx your college choice and shares sage advice about selecting a college.

Fiske Guide to Colleges by Edward Fiske
The Fiske Guide is the go-to guide for information on over 300 colleges and universities. Edward Fiske has compiled the important stats on each school, along with an insightful description of academic and social life on campus. The Guide is index organized by state so schools are easy to find.

The Gap Year Book by Lonely Planet
Fun and informative, this book includes an excellent explanation of gap year options, including information on well-supervised vs. less-supervised programs; trip planning advice from Gappers - routes, itineraries, and experiences to be had; plus hundreds of gap year organizations and resources.

The Insiders Guide to Colleges by Yale Daily News
The Insider’s Guide lets students know what it’s really like at hundreds of colleges and universities. Students who have interviewed hundreds of their college peers compile the information shared here, and they tell students what they really want to know about life on campus!

The Best 373 Colleges by Princeton Review
Like the Fiske Guide, The Best 373 Colleges is a great resource for hundreds of colleges and universities. It’s full of information about campus life, academics, financial aid, admissions, student feedback and more. Keep in mind, this is only one way to rate colleges, but with 373 best colleges listed it’s quite a comprehensive list.

Where You Go is Not Who You Will Be by Frank Bruni
This is a favorite in Greystone’s office. New York Times writer Frank Bruni writes an uplifting account of why character, and making the most of your experiences, is far more important than the name of the school you attend. He uses real life examples that will stay with you long after you put the book down!

You Majored In What? By Katharine Brooks, ED.D.
Another favorite of ours for its refreshing outlook on forging a career and its sense of humor, so often lost on this topic. According to Katharine Brooks, the Director of Liberal Arts Career Services at University of Texas, Austin, a circuitous route to a satisfying career might just make a lot of sense, especially in these times of rapidly changing technology and unsteady job market.

College Disrupted by Ryan Craig

The Gatekeepers by Jacques Steinberg
Jacques Steinberg, then a writer at the New York Times, gets the invaluable experience of embedding himself into the admissions office at Wesleyan University. This is a telling account of what goes on behind the scenes that helps us understand how admissions offices work and all the moving parts that can impact a university’s admission decision.

Helpful Links

College Board
This is the place to register for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. College Board also has many tools for researching information about colleges such as how to find good match colleges and how to pay for college.

Common Application
You will become very familiar with the Common App. This is the college application used by hundreds of schools. High school students can open a Common App account on August 1. The Common App links with each student’s high school Naviance account.

This is a great resource for students researching U.S. Colleges. It’s fun and pertinent because it is a compilation of hundreds of student responses to the questions High School students want answered. Helpful input abounds from students currently attending U.S. colleges and universities.

For students that are not strong standardized test takers, Fairtest lists the colleges and universities where submitting standardized tests (SAT, ACT) is optional. These schools give more weight to other parts of the college application.

Online Tools
You will find financial aid information that is very useful to those new to the world of financing a college education. Finaid includes information on scholarships and loans, and instructions on the use of online calculators, essential for financial aid help.
This is where you can learn about the CSS/PROFILE, the financial aid application (in addition to FAFSA) used by many private and a few public colleges.
Use this site to access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This essential resource answers a ton of financial aid questions about loans, grants and much more!


Colleges Toured

We spend a lot of time on college campuses asking questions with our students’ needs in mind. We talk to students, faculty members, and admission officers, visit classes and read the school newspaper, as well as attend athletic and arts events to get an in depth feel for the campus culture.

Below is a list of the colleges we have toured, by region:

Bard College, Annandale-­on-­Hudson, NY
Barnard College, New York, NY
Bates College, Lewiston, ME
Bentley University, Waltham, MA
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Boston University, Boston, MA
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Brown University, Providence, RI
Champlain College, Burlington, VT
Clark University, Worcester, MA
Colby College, Waterville, ME
Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Columbia University, New York, NY
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Hamilton, College, Clinton, NY
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Merrimack College, North Andover, MA
Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
New York University, New York, NY
Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Providence College, Providence, RI
Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, VT
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Tufts University, Medford, MA
Union College, Schenectady, NY
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Williams College, Williamstown, MA
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
Yale University, New Haven, CT
American University, Washington, DC
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, PA
University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
Haverford College, Haverford, PA
The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
Villanova University, Villanova, PA
Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA
Duke University, Durham, NC
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
Loyola University, Chicago, IL
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Washington University in St. Louis, MO
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA
Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA


Get Started with Greystone

If you would like to speak with a Greystone Educational Consulting, please email us at or fill out and submit the CONTACT FORM and we will get in touch.

Thank you so much Kera. With your help, my daughter was able to define and articulate her strengths and project them confidently in her college interviews.

Margaret M.


Get Started

If you would like to work with Greystone Educational Consulting, please download and fill out the INTAKE FORM. Save and email the PDF Form back to us at We will contact you and get the process started.

At Greystone Educational Consulting, our goal is to help our clients get into a great college, as well as become happy, engaged college students and healthy, successful adults.

Kera and Maggie are both Associate Members of the Independent Educational Consultants Association.

Contact Greystone Educational Consulting.

Call us at 781.789.8458 or email us with questions to request more information or to set up an appointment.