Students and Parents:
If you buy only one book on the topic of college admissions, we recommend this: Admission Matters, by Springer, Reider, Franck
This one book explains how the admissions process at selective colleges really works, and what can (and cannot) be controlled by the applicant. Admissions Matters was written to help demystify the application process and level the playing field for those without access to independent college consultants. This book also describes how college admissions has changed over the past few years.