My Admissions Readling List


Cory Bezek

University College Rep.

Anyone who has traveled with me over the past five years knows that I will very rarely travel without an assortment of books across the enrollment management field. And although you may not find reading about the correlation between standardized test scores as enjoyable as The Hunger Games, here is my reading list for anyone who is hoping to make a career in admissions or enrollment management discipline.

Lighter reading

  • The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College, by Jacques Steinberg
  • A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League, by Ron Suskind
  • Emerging Adulthood; The Winding Road from the Late Teens though the Twenties, by Jeffery Jensen Arnett

Academic Books

  • Going to College; How Social, Economic and Educa- tional Factors Influence the Decisions Students Make, by Don Hossler, Jack Schmit, Nick Vesper
  • Choosing College; How Class and Schools Structure Op- portunity, by Patricia McDonough

Practitioners Books

  • Choosing Students: Higher Education Admissions Tools for the 21st Century, Edited by Wayne Camara and Ernest Kimmel
  • The Strategic Management of College Enrollments, by Don Hossler, John P. Bean, and Associates
  • Beyond the Big Test: Non-Cognitive Assessment in Higher Education, by William Sedlacek
  • Minding the Gap: Why Integrating High School with Col- lege Makes Sense and How to Do It, by Nancy Hoffman, Joel Vargas, Andrea Venezia, and Marc Miller
  • Preparing for College: 9 Elements of Effective Outreach, Edited by William Tierney, Zoe Corwin, and Julia Colyar
  • Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America‚Äôs Public Universities, by William G. Bowen, Matthew M. Chingos, Michael S. McPherson

The Other Side of Enrollment Management...Retention

  • Leaving College: Rethinking the Causes and Cures of Student Attrition, by Vincent Tinto
  • Reworking the Student Departure Puzzle, by John Braxton
  • College Student Retention: Formula for Student Success, Edited by Alan Siedman

This list is far from complete, but rather a starting point for gaining a greater understanding of how and why we do what we do in admissions. The hope is that some of you will be intrigued by some of these book, and find yourself a nice used copy for yourself. If you want to know more about any of the author or books above I would love to chat (I own and have read them all multiple times).