The Black Family’s Guide to College Admissions: A Conversation About Education, Parenting, and Race

Johns Hopkins Univ. Sept. 2022. 224p. ISBN 9781421444895. pap. $21.95. ED
As students are applying to more colleges and universities than ever before, this book by Fields (assoc. dean of admissions, Emory Univ.) and Herndon-Brown (founder and chief educational officer, Strategic Admissions Advice) is timely and needed. College campuses are more racially diverse than ever, and topics and concerns about identity, social justice, belonging, and inclusion are now questions that admissions officers must answer honestly. This book will help parents and students feel comfortable asking about the admissions process, residence and student life, scholarship opportunities, etc. It is important for students and parents to have these questions prepared before a college visit, and they must also check the data of the colleges and universities of interest in advance. Parents of all races should read this book to see what it is like to learn on campuses that promote and enhance diversity in their big-picture mission and in their day-to-day operations. Black students also need allies on campus.
VERDICT This excellent guide is highly recommended for any parent or student who is navigating the college admissions process, especially Black students and first-generation students. Readers may even learn some new things and trends.
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