Transitioning To College From High School – Some Good Advice

While browsing for books that might help families with the separation anxiety that comes with a student “leaving the nest,” I recently came across this list that was put together by folks at a prep school in Massachusetts.

This is not an endorsement – simply a “shareable event.”


Books on College Transition for Students and Parents

  1. Ahmad, Shaheena. The Yale Daily News Guide to Succeeding in College. New York: Kaplan Books, 1997.
  2. Arrington, Zach. Confessions of a College Freshman. Tulsa, Oklahoma: RiverOak Publishing, 2001.
  3. Barkin, Carol. When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parents’ Survival Guide. New York: Avon Books, 1999. After author’s son went off to college she interviewed parents around the country to get their perspectives.
  4. Bickle, Bruce and Stan Jantz. Real Life Begins After High School. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Servant Publications, 2000.
  5. Brody, Janis. Bringing Home the Laundry: Effective Parenting for College and Beyond. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Co., 2000.
  6. Coburn, Karen Levin and Madge Lawrence Treeger. Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years. New York: Harper Collins, 4th Ed. Co-authored by a College Dean and a psychotherapist.
  7. Cohen, Harlan. The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College. Napierville: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2005

Combs, Patrick. Major in Success: Make College Easier, Fire Up Your Dreams, and Get a Very Cool Job. Berkley, California: Ten Speed Press, 2000.
Dobkin, Rachel and Shana Sippy. The College Woman’s Handbook. New York: Workman Publishing, 1995.
Gibbs, George. Campus Daze.
Grayson, Paul A. and Philip W. Meilman. Beating the College Blues. New York: Check Mark Books, 1999.
Hanson, Jennifer. The Real Freshman Handbook. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1996.
Johnson, Helen E., Christine Schelhas-Miller. Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money:The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000.
Jones, Connie. She’s Leaving Home. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2002.
Jones,Marilee and Ginsburg, Kenneth. Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond. By an admissions director at MIT and a pediatrician.
Kastner,Laura and Wyatt, Jennifer. The Launching Years.
Latzko, Marian B. I Can Do It! A Micropedia of Living on Your Own. Appleton, Wisconsin: MICROLIFE, 1996.
Light, Richard J. Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001.
Litt, Ann Selkowitz. Eating Well on Campus. Bethesda, Maryland: Tulip Hill Press, 2000.
O’Callaghan, Karin R. Money Management for College Students. Hollywood, Florida: Frederick Fell Publishers, Inc., 2002.
Pasick, Patricia. Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1998.
Rich, Jason. The Everything College Survival Book. Holbrook: Adams Media Corp., 1997.
Rollins, C.E.. 52 Ways to Get Along With Your College Roommate. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1994.
Rowh, Mark. Coping with Stress in College. New York: College Board Publications, 1989.
Rubenstone, Sally and Dalby, Sidonia Panicked Pareents Guide to College Admissions. (Chapter 1)Peterson’s 2002.
Savage, Marjorie. You’re On Your Own(but I’m here if you need me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years
Seaman, Barrett. What Your College Student Won’t Tell You.
Smith, M.J., Smith and Fred Smith. The Smart Student’s Guide to Healthy Living. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2006.
Steenhouse, Andrea Van. Empty Nest…Full Heart: Journey from Home to College. Denver: Simpler Life Press, 1998. Practical advice from a mom/PhD Psychologist.
Woodacre, Margo Bane and Steffany Bane. I’ll Miss You Too.
Napierville: Sourcebooks,Inc., 2005.
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