Suggested Reading

From first year transitions to family to tough topics, here are some great reads for navigating your student's college years!

Transition from High School to College

Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College
Patricia Pasick
W. W. Norton & Company; Second Edition (March 1998)

The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life
Laura Kastner and Jennifer Wyatt
Three Rivers Press (Aug. 27, 2002)

First Year Support

College Rules! How to Study, Survive and Succeed in College
By Sherrie Nist-Olejnik and Jodi Patrick Holschuh
Ten Speed Press (2011)

How to Survive Your Freshman Year: By Hundreds of College Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors Who Did
By Mark W. Bernstein and Yadin Kaufmann
Hundreds of Heads (2008)

In Addition to Tuition: The Parents' Survival Guide to Freshman Year of College
By Marian Edelman Borden, Mary Anne Burlinson, and Elsie R. Kearns
Checkmark Books (April 1996)

Let the Journey Begin: A Parent's Monthly Guide to the College Experience
Jacqueline Kiernan MacKay and Wanda Johnson Ingram
Houghton Mifflin (2002)

Parents' Guide to College Life: 181 Straight Answers
By Robin Raskin
Random House Children’s Books (2006)

The UniversityParent Guide to Supporting Your Student's Freshman Year
By Sarah Schupp and UniversityParent
University Parent (2014)

Family Relationships During College

Don't Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years 
Helen Johnson
St. Martin's Griffin (July 2011)

Post-College Ready: Expert Advice for Parent to Support Their College Senior
Chelsea Petree, PhD (2022)

Doors Open From Both Sides 
Margo E. Bane Woodacre, MSW and Steffany Bane
American Literary Press (2001)

Empty Nest...Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College 
By Andrea Van Steenhouse
Simpler Life Press; Second Edition (April 2002)

Emptying the Nest: Launching Your Young Adult toward Success and Self-reliance
By Brad Sachs
Palgrave Macmillan (2010)

Letting Go, Sixth Edition: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years 
Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger
HarpersCollins Publishers; Sixth Edition (June 2016)

The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up
Barbara K. Hofer and Abigail Sullivan Moore
Atria Paperback (2013)

Washington Post Article: How Helicopter Parents are Ruining College Students

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

You're On Your Own, But I'm Here if You Need Me: Mentoring Your Child During the College Years
Marjorie Savage
Simon & Schuster (2009)


Coin: The Irreverent Yet Practical Guide to Money Management for Recent College Graduates
By Judy McNary
Sunny Money, LLC, (2014)

Getting Through College Without Going Broke: A Crash Course on Finding Money for College and Making It Last
By Students Helping Students
Penguin Group (2005)

Career Planning

Graduate to a Great Job: Make Your College Degree Pay off in Today's Market
By David DeLong        
Longstone Press (2013)

The Parent's Crash Course in Career Planning: Helping Your Student Succeed
Marcia Harris and Sharon Jones
Career Dimensions (2007)

Tough Subjects

Getting Wasted: Why College Students Drink Too Much and Party So Hard
By Thomas Ven Vander
New York University Press (2011)

Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus
By Kathleen A. Bogle
New York University Press (2008)

Sex, Drugs, and Flunking Out: Answers to Questions Your College Student Doesn't Want You to Know 
Joel Epstein
Hazelden (2001)

For You and Your Student

Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now 
By Meg Jay, PhD
Hachette Book Group (April 2012)