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College Bound: What Christian Parents Need to Know About Helping Their Kids Choose a College Review by Kris Price

Thomas A. Shaw
Moody Publishers
820 N. LaSalle Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60610

Time has flown so quickly, and in just a few short years, my first child will be ready to attend college after homeschooling. I know that I am going to find it difficult to send her out into the "real world," especially as a Christian parent. I want my children to hold on to their faith after they leave home, so I am quite concerned about finding a good environment at a college or university, one that will support my children's faith. College Bound is a good guide showing how parents and their children can choose a college together!

I found this 175-page book to be a fairly quick and easy read. It really covers almost anything you can think of, from community colleges to four-year institutions. It takes you through the process of creating a long list of possible colleges to attend and then narrowing the list down to a few chosen institutions to which the student will mail his applications. I do wish that there was a bit more information on a child attending community college for the first two years before transferring to another university to finish the degree. This is what our family has chosen to do to cut the costs of higher education, but College Bound doesn't give much advice for this situation. However, there was a good section discussing online classes through the Internet, a totally viable choice in this age of technology.

Other important chapters cover institutional types, the all-important campus visit, the admissions process, financing college, and helping your child transition to college. There is a very nice list of Internet resources in the back, too, which takes all of the websites mentioned in the chapters and puts them together in one easy-to-read list. In thinking through the process that I went through--from making a list of possible colleges to waving good-bye to my parents after they dropped me off for my first day of college--I believe College Bound covers all of the high points. It does not promote any particular college as better than others, but it does mention several unique institutions by name, even one where your child can attend for almost free! I have not read any other books about choosing colleges yet, but I would loan this book to a friend. So I give it two thumbs up!

Product review by Kris Price, Assistant to the Publishers, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, March 2007