The Kids' College Almanac: A First Look at College

The Kids' College Almanac: A First Look at College

by Barbara C. Greenfeld, Robert A. Weinstein

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A fun and interesting way for middle school students to get their first information about college and how it's a possible and worthwhile goal to pursue. Starts with the basics and gives a comprehensive overview of everything the student can expect when exploring college - all in bit-sized pieces. Also includes lots of fun trivia facts about colleges.


A fun and interesting way for middle school students to get their first information about college and how it's a possible and worthwhile goal to pursue. Starts with the basics and gives a comprehensive overview of everything the student can expect when exploring college - all in bit-sized pieces. Also includes lots of fun trivia facts about colleges.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Debbie Wenk
A wealth of information awaits college-bound students in this interesting book—there's even information for those who may want to consider alternatives to the college route. The authors clearly indicate that their aim is to answer questions that seventh- to tenth-grade students have about their futures. Topics addressed include the differences between two-year and four-year colleges, the different kinds of colleges and universities (i.e. research universities, liberal arts colleges, etc), financial aid, grants and scholarships, college life, college administration, application processes, and much more. A chapter devoted to choices other than college completes the picture for students looking ahead. Among the options covered are technical schools, apprenticeships, government training programs like the Job Corps, and the military. One of the assets of this book is its very readable text. Readers can open the book to any page and find information presented clearly and succinctly. The format is attractive with lots of charts, sidebars and white space. Useful, concrete aids include a sample chart to use when comparing colleges, a list of books that are frequently found on suggested reading lists, and a list of important study skills to hone now. Missing from the book is a list of websites for further information. Some may argue that the book's focus audience has plenty of time to consider their options and that they shouldn't be pushed to think about college so early; but for those teens who do begin to ask questions early, this is a great resource. Reviewer: Debbie Wenk
VOYA - Patricia J. Morrow
For young people who are contemplating going to college, or being told that they should think about it, here is a top-notch guidebook with which to get started. Academe has a whole language to be learned and a whole host of questions to be developed and organized before seeking answers and making decisions. Families with little or no college experience find this intimidating, as do any parents helping the first child make post-secondary education choices. Questions about where to go, what kind of college to look for, how much to pay, all the extra costs, where the money will come from, and even what good a college education will do, need to be explored. Keeping this an organized, methodical, and low stress activity can be a challenge to the most compulsive young person and his/her family. The Kids' College Almanac provides basic information about what a college education is about, the various types of institutions, the different types of students, and the ways that college experiences can be pursued. It makes a very satisfying effort at recommending the traditional college experience-full-time, in-residence-as an important part of the learning process and steps to adulthood, without ignoring that this is not possible for all people. An extensive number of lists providing statistics from the states are included as topics are explored and extensive side and foot bars provide additional information or examples. Occasional pictures with comments from well-known personalities about the college experience add to the substance of the examples. There is a lengthy glossary and (hurrah) a suggested reading list of authors/books that should be read before going to college, because other people there will be familiar with them. The first eleven chapters focus on a methodical approach to gathering information about colleges to match individual needs, campus visits, application processes, financial aid, worksheet for costs and cost comparisons, and when to accept a college admissions offer. The authors highlight the nuances of educational opportunity, leaving plenty of room to realize that a variety of options is a positive approach, and changing your mind is acceptable. The final chapters focus on preparing to attend college, selecting courses, making living-style choices, roommates, and extra-curricular activities. While most chapters stand alone, this book can be read through and the entire process surveyed. The test is easily read, almost conversational, using question-and-answer format throughout. Although not an almanac of extensive reference materials, the book provides many examples. Students and parents are encouraged to use available expert sources-reference librarians, high school guidance counselors, and college admissions personnel. Sources on the Internet, including college home pages, are explained. The book seems to cover nearly all necessary considerations and suggests looking further to specialized resources. A few sample forms might have been a helpful addition, though most forms are discussed individually. This book will be of great use to the intended audience, even the suggested tender age of ten, as college application processes continue to become more complicated, and information access becomes more diverse. Libraries serving junior-senior high school students and their families should have this book, perhaps one copy for circulation and another with college/career planning materials. Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Charts. Appendix VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
This book is a refinement of the original 1996 edition (Gerson, 1996/VOYA April 1997) with a much more sophisticated layout. The chapters and data have been updated but still contain solid and readable content. Another chapter, "Is College My Only Choice?", has been added and provides an overview of career schools. Young people and their families will find guidance in identifying appropriate colleges, considering potential careers, and understanding the costs and will learn what a college education involves. Explanations of the application and admission process and financial aid also are offered. Sidebars, boxes, and lists supplement the primary text. Emphasis is upon studying hard, being involved, and doing your best to get into college. Students who worry about their qualifications and learning differences might benefit from further discussion of colleges that consider students in ways distinct from grades and SAT scores or that have special admissions programs. Such students need to think of ways to "package" themselves—and they must begin early. Web sites are given for many colleges, organizations, and financial aid resources. This book continues to be a valuable tool for college seekers and their families, particularly those with no or little experience. Libraries serving high school students and their parents should have multiple copies. Glossary. Index. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, JIST Publishing, 325p, Oversize pb. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Patricia Morrow SOURCE:VOYA, June 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 2)

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JIST Publishing
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Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Barbara C. Greenfeld is Director of Admissions and Advising at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. She is an honors graduate of the University of Maryland and received her M.S. with Honors from The Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Greenfeld has received local and national recognition for her achievements, including the National Academic Advising Association's 2003 Outstanding Advising Program Award. . She has been instrumental in developing many special programs at the college, including the innovative James W. Rouse Scholars, Freshman Focus, Silas Craft Collegians, and Early Entrance programs, as well as a college Web site for fourth to eighth graders. She has also been a consultant to other colleges developing similar programs. Throughout her career, Barbara has worked extensively with students of all ages. Robert A. Weinstein has worked in educational publishing for more than 20 years. He is an honors graduate of Colby College and received his MBA from Harvard University. As an editor for McGraw-Hill and other publishers, he has visited hundreds of colleges across the country and has published hundreds of successful texts as well as numerous supplements using a wide range of media. As head of Gerson Publishing Company, Mr. Weinstein edited much of the HarperCollins College Outline Series and is the author of numerous materials aimed at helping high school students make a successful transition to college.

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