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Preparing for College
  • Format
  • Authored by: John J. Rooney, Ph.D. and John F. Reardon, Ed.D.; Foreword by Katherine Haley Will
  • Trim Size: 6 X 9
  • ISBN-10: 0816073775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-7377-1
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $34.95
  • Imprint: Ferguson
  • Published: 02/01/2009
  • Dewey Number: 378
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 208


The ideal guide for students looking for the best college to suit their needs, Preparing for College helps students evaluate their strengths, interests, and goals in order to find the right educational fit. This accessible, all-in-one resource guides students with everything from choosing a college and undergoing the application process to uncovering the financial resources to pay tuition and expenses and adjusting to the academic and personal challenges that first-year students face. The authors use their decades of college experience—both as students and as professors—to offer illuminating and reassuring advice to prospective college students and their families. With an emphasis on successfully navigating the high-pressure college application process and dealing with the stress of balancing college and family life, Preparing for College explores practical techniques to help students identify and concentrate on their most important considerations.

A handy Appendix of Online Sources for College Planning provides links to up-to-the-minute information on the many facets of college planning as well as listings of the organizations mentioned throughout this comprehensive book.

Topics covered include:

  • Choosing a school that best fits a student’s strengths and needs
  • Avoiding common mistakes when choosing a college
  • College applications, essays, and interviews
  • Taking PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, and ACT exams
  • Applying for financial aid
  • Choosing a major
  • Adjusting to campus life
  • Preparing for academic success at college
  • Staying healthy and safe at college.


Index. Appendix. Bibliography. Tables.

About the Author(s)

John J. Rooney, Ph.D., is emeritus professor in the Department of Psychology and director of the master’s program in clinical counseling psychology at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA. He has also served as chair, director of the Counseling Center, and president of the Faculty Senate at LaSalle University. In 2008, Rooney was selected to receive the John P. Dondero Memorial Award.

John F. Reardon, Ed.D., is emeritus professor in the Department of Accounting at LaSalle University, and he chaired the department from 1991 to 2000. He visits high schools to speak to students about preparing for college. Reardon received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1969, the Tau Kappa Epsilon’s “Man of the Year Award” in 1984, and the Doctor Roland Holyroyd Award in 1986. He was also the recipient of the inaugural Provost’s Award for Distinguished Faculty in 1999 and the John J. Finley Memorial Award in 2002. The Jack Reardon Learning Center was dedicated to Dr. Reardon in 2003.

Foreword author Katherine Haley Will is the president of Gettysburg College and chair of the Annapolis Group.

Reviews and Awards

"No other book on the market today gathers so much information into such a concise and user-friendly format...invaluable..."


"...straightforward, conversational, and easy to read and understand...useful..."

School Library Journal

"...written in accessible language...The advice is sensible and timely...should get plenty of use in a circulating collection...highly recommended for high school and public library circulating collections."

American Reference Books Annual

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