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Latinos, recognizing the importance of a college degree in being successful in the United States, are pursuing higher education in greater numbers. The Latino Student's Guide to College Success, written by Latino education experts, provides solid, up-to-date advice directed specifically to Latinos contemplating, preparing for, or already in the university or community college setting. This volume contains the 8 Steps to College Success, numerous vignettes of notable Latinos in many fields who give their personal story of how they succeeded in college and their advice for today's students, and a directory of top Latino universities and community colleges. Every Latino high school student as well as school counselors and libraries serving the Latino community will welcome this helpful guide.

The 8 Steps to College Success include Getting Ready for a College Education, How to Choose a College, What Does College Cost and Where Can I Find Financial Aid?, Your First Year of College: How to Know about Available Services, Strategies for Academic Success, Academic Support On and Off Campus, Your Student Rights and What You Can Do If You Are Failing a Course, and Extra-Curricular Activities. Next comes a section entitled How I Did It, a collection of autobiographical essays that will inspire Latino students. Finally, lists of the top 50 universities and the top 20 community colleges in the United States for Latinos, the top 5 universities in Puerto Rico, and percentage rankings of the Latino institutions round out the volume.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This is a useful volume for those seeking information on preparing for higher education and for those already in a college setting. After outlining the steps to take in finding and working toward success at a program of study, 10 Latinos and Latinas in various fields tell "How I Did It," and offer advice for today's students. A directory of top universities and community colleges in the United States for Latinos, an excellent index, and various checklists and examples of student aid forms are included. It should be noted that the forms as well as the university and college information are up-to-date now but will become dated quickly. This practical guide will be welcomed by high-school counselors and Latino students.-Diane Olivo-Posner, Long Beach Public Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313319600
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

LEONARD A. VALVERDE is the executive director of the Hispanic Border Leadership Institute and professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe.\

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Preparing for College 1
Step 1 Getting Ready for a College Education (Or, What You Need to Know to Quality for College) 3
Step 2 How to Choose a College (A Journey with Familia) 19
Step 3 What Does College Cost and Where Can I Find Financial Aid? 43
Pt. II On Campus 75
Step 4 Your First Year of College: How to Know about Available Services 77
Step 5 First Semester Strategies for Academic Success (Or, How to Meet Your Academic Responsibilities) 91
Step 6 Academic Support On and Off Campus 109
Step 7 Your Student Rights and What You Can Do If You Are Failing a Course 117
Step 8 Extracurricular Activities (Or, Life Beyond Classes and Studying) 129
Pt. III "How I Did It" 141
Leonard A. Valverde, former university vice president 143
Eduardo J. Padron, district president of Miami-Dade Community College 147
Mari-Luci Jaramillo, former U.S. ambassador 149
Ronald T. Vera, attorney at law 155
Consuelo Nieto, college professor 159
Larry Villarreal, retired Air Force officer 162
Polly B. Baca, former state legislator 164
Maria "Cuca" Robledo Montecel, executive director of a national nonprofit consulting firm 167
Loretta Sanchez, congresswoman 169
Felix Gutierrez, national corporate vice president 172
Pt. IV College and University Directory 175
Sylvia Peregrino and Miranda Lopez 175
Top 50 Universities in the United States for Latinos 179
Top 10 Universities in the United States with the Greatest Percentage of Latino Undergraduates 194
Top 20 Community Colleges in the United States for Latinos 195
Top 10 Community Colleges in the United States with the Greatest Percentage of Latino Students 202
Top 5 Universities in Puerto Rico, Ranked by Bachelor's Degrees Awarded to Latinos 203
Index 205
About the Editor and Contributors 211
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