Dear Parents: A Field Guide for College Preparation

Johns Hopkins. Sept. 2018. 176p. notes. index. ISBN 9781421426839. pap. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9781421426846. ED
McGee (college administrator, Coll. of Saint Benedict & Saint John's Univ.), the father of children who are enrolled in college or planning to be soon, is eminently qualified to compile a series of letters addressed to other parents whose offspring are pursuing higher education. Contributors include retired and current officials at a variety of public and private institutions, such as the College of Wooster, Indiana University, and Purdue University. While McGee tackles key issues such as the intrinsic value of a baccalaureate degree, costs and financial aid, and institutional rankings, the wordiness of some missives detracts from the work. The world of college admissions is complex and perhaps not better understood from a parent-administrator's point of view. Readers may prefer books directed at college students, such as UChic: College Girls' Real Advice for Your First Year (and Beyond!) or U Thrive: How To Succeed in College (and Life).
VERDICT Worried parents will appreciate this volume, but it likely won't benefit college-bound students.

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