The Black Student's Guide To College Success


The book begins with a step-by-step guide to a successful college selection process and freshman year, offering insights invaluable to students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors,and athletic recruiters. Next, notable African-American men and women tell the stories of their own college careers?from admission to graduation?in 27 short, autobiographical essays included in Part Two of the book, How I Did It. Also featured is a directory of more than 900 colleges and universities with information and statistics ...

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The book begins with a step-by-step guide to a successful college selection process and freshman year, offering insights invaluable to students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors,and athletic recruiters. Next, notable African-American men and women tell the stories of their own college careers—from admission to graduation—in 27 short, autobiographical essays included in Part Two of the book, How I Did It. Also featured is a directory of more than 900 colleges and universities with information and statistics of particular interest to African-American students. The directory includes evaluations and listings of the most prestigious American undergraduate institutions, with detailed information on special programs and activities for African-American students, entries on historically Black U.S. colleges and universities and African and Caribbean institutions, and information on Black Greek letter organizations. A subject index concludes the guide.

This is the only complete college guide specifically designed for African-American students and their counselors. The Black Student's Guide to College Success is a step-by-step quide and reference tool for students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and athletic recruiters—leading the reader through a successful college selection process and freshman year. A directory of more than 900 colleges and universities is provided, with information of particular interest to African-American students. Many distinguished Black educators and prominent Americans have contributed to make this work a comprehensive reference tool which addresses the questions and problems encountered by African-American students.

A foreword by Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, introduces the first part, How to Succeed in College, featuring 14 hard-hitting essays geared to the needs of the African-American student during the college selection process and the freshman year. Of special interest are:
• essays on the Black student athlete;
• choosing a Black or an integrated college;
• financing a college education;
• connecting with students from Africa and the Caribbean;
• getting along with other ethnic groups on campus;
• handling academic stress;
• study habits and hints; and
• affirmative action. The next part, How I Did It, includes inspirational autobiographical essays on the college careers—from admission to graduation—of 27 notable African-American men and women. These success stories will motivate and encourage students as they consider their college options. The last part, Directory of Colleges and Universities, includes: (1) complete up-to-date information on more than 900 American colleges and universities (2) the names of recruiters of African-American students (3) the percentage of African-American students enrolled and those who graduate (4) the percentage of student athletes who graduate, and (5) information on African-American organizations Evaluations and listings of the most prestigious U.S. undergraduate institutions, detailed information on programs and activities of special interest to African-American students, listings of historically Black colleges and universities (and evaluations of the top ten), profiles of universities in Africa and the Caribbean, and information on national Black Greek letter organizations are also included in this thorough, accessible directory. A subject index concludes the guide. This work is especially useful for high school and public libraries, high school guidance and career counselors, college admissions offices, athletic recruiters, and African-American education organizations, as well as for aspiring African-American students in search of the motivational key to achievement in college.

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Editorial Reviews

Outlines strategies for success for black high school students considering college. Discusses the pros and cons of black and integrated colleges; financial aid; housing; getting along with non- blacks and blacks of other nations; and legal issues and affirmative action. Contains a special section for black athletes, covering NCAA rules and academic support. Includes many personal success stories from prominent black professionals and a directory of major colleges and universities in the US. Lacks a bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313294310
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/1994
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

RUBY D. HIGGINS is Assistant Director of Student Support Services at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

CLIDIE B. COOK is Vice Principal of Benson High School, Omaha, Nebraska.

WILLIAM J. EKELER is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

R. McLARAN SAWYER is Professor of the History of Education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

KEITH W. PRICHARD is Professor of Sociology of Education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

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Table of Contents

Editors' Note to the Revised Edition
Pt. I How to Succeed in College 1
Step 1 Making Sure You Have the "Right Stuff" 3
Step 2 Should I Choose a Black College or an Integrated College? 9
Step 3 Beginning the College Selection Process 16
Step 4 Financing My College Education...How Am I Going to Pay for It and Where Is the Money Coming from? 24
Step 5 Special Issue...For the Black Athlete 28
Step 6 What about Housing on Campus or Off? What Are the Alternatives and What Will Help Me Most? 44
Step 7 Selecting a College Major and the Road That Is Taken 49
Step 8 The Critical First Two Weeks on Campus 52
Step 9 Getting along with Non-Blacks on Campus 56
Step 10 Getting to Know Black African and Caribbean Students: Becoming a Member of a Global Ethnicity 63
Step 11 Study Habits: When and How to Study for Maximum Effect 68
Step 12 How to Handle Stress, Tension, and Frustration 77
Step 13 What to Do If You Are Failing or in Academic Difficulty: How to Turn a Failing Situation into a Non-Failing One 87
Step 14 Legal and Financial Aid, Affirmative Action 91
Pt. II "How I Did It" 99
Captain Kenneth R. Tingman, USAF 101
Constance Smith-Mahone, Academic Coordinator 103
Harold W. Clarke, Director of Corrections for the State of Nebraska 104
Lyn Vaughn, Anchor, CNN Headline News 106
Mervyn M. Dymally, Congressman from California, U.S. House of Representatives 108
Dr. Marvel Lang, Director, Center for Urban Affairs, Michigan State University 109
Alice Jackson, President, A.J. Enterprises 111
Kathryn E. Nelson, Program Director, Danforth Foundation 112
Greg Gumbel, CBS Sports 113
Dr. Elliott C. Osborne, Independent Scholar, California 114
Bill Cockerham, Coach, University of California-Berkeley 116
Charles H. Epps, Jr., M.D., Dean, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, D.C. 117
Dr. William L. Pollard, Dean, School of Social Work, Syracuse University 119
Herman Cain, President/CEO, Godfather's Pizza, Inc 121
Warren G. Outlaw, Director, Educational Talent Search, University of Notre Dame 122
Harry L. Schuler, Director, Student Support Services, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 123
Andrea Arceneaux, CNN Headline News 124
Lynn Finney, Dance Choreographer 125
Sharlene Williams, Christian Brothers University 127
Colonel Carol D. Boone, USAF (Air National Guard), The Pentagon 129
G. E. Johnson, Wayne State University 130
Michael A. Freeman, Counseling and Personnel Service, University of Maryland 131
Julius Whigham, Student, University of Miami 132
Oyeshiku B. Carr, Educator, Portland, Oregon 133
Althea Taite, Student, Wesleyan University, Connecticut 134
Angelique R. Arrington, Associate Dean of Admissions, Wesleyan University, Connecticut 135
Roland Lanier Mitchell, Student, Bellevue West High School, Omaha, Nebraska 137
Pt. III College and University Directory 139
What to Ask College Recruiters 141
Sample Letter to the College Recruiter 142
Most Prestigious Undergraduate Institutions 143
Top Ten Historically and Predominantly Black Colleges and Universities 165
Additional Historically and Predominantly Black Colleges and Universities 170
Universities in Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean 174
Black Greek Letter Organizations 183
Directory of Major Colleges and Universities in the United States 185
Index 355
About the Editors 367
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