The College Conversation: A Practical Companion for Parents To Guide Their Children Along the Path to Higher Education

Viking. Sept. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9781984878342. $28. ED
Furda (dean of admissions, Univ. of Pennsylvania) and former New York Times education journalist Steinberg (The Gatekeepers) walk parents through the college admissions process, outlining the choices confronting students: whether or not to attend college, to apply early, to transfer to a different institution, and more. Peppered throughout are activities, such as planning a road trip to visit colleges and having students write down the characteristics of their ideal school. This thorough, instructive book acknowledges the complexity of a parent’s role—parents must communicate honestly with their children but take care to avoid becoming overly involved.
VERDICT Furda and Steinberg provide a high level of detail, making this volume useful to parents who haven’t been through the process before as well as to those familiar with it. A helpful guide for parents with children approaching college age.
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