Listing of Helpful Resources

A curated list of resources for the parents of college students

We have reviewed almost all of these books and related resources on College Parent Central, and we wouldn’t include them here if we didn’t think they offered significant value.

Content Categories on this Page:
Highly Recommended Books | College Parenting | Admissions | College Experience & Success | Career Planning | Post-College Life | Other Resources

Please note that some of the links below are “affiliate links.” At no additional cost to you, College Parent Central receives a commission if you decide to make a purchase. We think it’s only fair to let you know that.

So many books, so little time! If this is your mantra and your reading time is limited, please take time to at least read some of the following books on college parenting. They get to the heart of college parenting!

Books on college parenting

College parenting isn’t easy. But there’s plenty of help out there. Beyond reading College Parent Central articles, the books below offer helpful advice. Choose one – or two – and get started!

Books on Admission

There’s so much written about getting in to college that you’ll have no difficulty finding information. Here are a few books that you might find helpful as you navigate this process.

Books on the college experience and college success

You may be less familiar with what your student’s experiences will be like once he/she gets to college. These books will give you a view to college experiences as well as some suggestions about how to help your student succeed.

Books for career planning

College isn’t all about career planning, but good career planning should be a part of what your student thinks about. Help your student get started with some of these books.

Books for post-college life

And then they graduate. Once your student walks across that commencement stage, looking for a first job – and place to live – matter. You may want a head start preparing for the job search – and potential move back home.

Other Helpful Resources for Parents of College Students

Beyond books, here are some resources and tools that can help you as you navigate the college parenting years.




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