There’s a lot of bad information out there about college admissions and higher education. Here are a few of my go-to sources.
If you don’t already have a copy of Loren Pope’s Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You, get a copy—especially if you’re considering an Ivy League school or a large public university. (My copy is more marked up than any other book I own.)
Hack Education by Audrey Watters is the best source for information on the various disruptions engendered by new technologies unleashed on college and university campuses. Bryan Alexander also shares particularly valuable insights about decision-making in higher ed, especially with regards to technology. Tressie McMillan Cottom’s blog also offers incisive commentary on higher ed, particularly along the axes of race and class.
Among admissions-focused blogs, George Cornelius’s Finding My College is the most thoughtful and best-informed I’ve found. The Washington Monthly’s College Guide blog archive also always offers nutrition-rich food for thought.
And, of course, there’s a ton of data out there for you to find and interpret. Check out the resources linked at the bottom of this earlier post, and explore Michelle Kretzschmar’s Do-It-Yourself College Rankings site.
I always love exploring new resources—leave links to your own faves in the comments.