Recommended Reading

There are two books that we recommend to freshman parents each year. Both are available at the Centre Bookstore.


Making the Most of College (Harvard Press) by Richard J. Light

Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years (Third Edition) by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger (Harper Perennial, publishers)

Other books that deal both with freshman issues and parent concerns include:


Making College Count (Student Success, Inc.) by Patrick S. O'Brien

133 Ways to Avoid Going Cuckoo When Kids Fly the Nest (Three Rivers Press) by Lauren Schaffer and Sandy Fleischl Wasserman

What Smart Students Know (Three Rivers Press) by Adam Robinson

Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation by N. Howe and W. Strauss

Millennials Go To College by N. Howe and W. Strauss

Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years by Helen Johnson and Christine Schellhas-Miller

You're On Your Own: (But I'm Here if You Need Me) by Marjorie Savage

Getting Ready for College: Everything You Need to Know Before You Go by P. Berent

College Rules! How to Study, Survive, and Succeed in College by S. Nist and J. Holschuh

The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior to College Life by Laura Kastner

Give Them Wings by Carol Kuykendall

There are a lot of books out there. Here are a few more for you to explore!


When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent's Survival Guide by Carol Barkin

A New Beginning: A Survival Guide for Parents of College Freshmen by Kaye Bernard.

The Secret to Your College Success: 101 Ways to Make the Most of Your College Experience by Toni Buxton

How to Talk to Your Adult Children about Really Important Things by Theresa DiGeronimo

Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Life Decisions by John Hammond, Ralph Keeney, and Howard Raifa

How to Survive and Thrive in an Empty Nest: Reclaiming Your Life When Your Children Have Grown by Robert H. Lauer

Navigating your Freshman Year by Allison Lombardo

Let The Journey Begin: A parent's monthly guide to the college experience by Jacqueline Mackay

When Kids Go to College: A Parent's Guide to Changing Relationships by Barbara and Philip Newman

Almost Grown: Launching Your Child From High School to College by Patricia Pasick

Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope

Empty Nest, Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College by Andrea Van Steenhouse

Getting Along (Almost) with your Adult Kids by Lois and Joel Davitz

When Hope and Fear Collide: A Portrait of Today's College Student by Arthur Levine and Jeanette S. Cureton

Campus Confidential: The Complete Guide to the College Experience by Students for Students by Robert H. Miller

Ready for College: Everything You Need to Know by Michael Pennock

Some fun books and light reading:


Been There, Should've Done That: More Tips for Making the Most of College by S. Tyler

Confessions of a College Freshman by Zach Arington

As You Leave Home: Parting Thoughts from a Loving Parent by Jerry B. Jenkins
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