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The Black Family's Guide to College Admissions

A Conversation about Education, Parenting, and Race

Timothy L. Fields and Shereem Herndon-Brown

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The ultimate guide to help Black families navigate the college admissions process.

Finding the right college is a challenge for all students. But Black families face additional challenges and questions while navigating the admissions process. In The Black Family's Guide to College Admissions, veteran admissions experts Timothy L. Fields and Shereem Herndon-Brown share provocative insights and demystify this complex process to answer important questions from where to apply to how to get in. 

Fields and Herndon-Brown discuss specific concerns for Black families that are not often addressed by…

The ultimate guide to help Black families navigate the college admissions process.

Finding the right college is a challenge for all students. But Black families face additional challenges and questions while navigating the admissions process. In The Black Family's Guide to College Admissions, veteran admissions experts Timothy L. Fields and Shereem Herndon-Brown share provocative insights and demystify this complex process to answer important questions from where to apply to how to get in. 

Fields and Herndon-Brown discuss specific concerns for Black families that are not often addressed by school counselors or other resources. They highlight how the current social justice movement amplifies the distinct dynamics that exist between Historically Black Colleges and Universities and predominantly white institutions and which college choices may be best for Black students. Fields and Herndon-Brown pull from decades of experience to offer the savvy advice that Black families need. Having worked on both sides of the desk—as school counselors and as college admissions gatekeepers—they are well equipped to give parents, students, and school counselors the information and inspiration to successfully research and navigate the admission journey. 

The higher education landscape is constantly evolving, and admissions criteria have evolved with it. Fields and Herndon-Brown cover everything from athletic recruitment and artistic talents to financial aid and step-by-step instructions for how to get through the college search and application processes. A list of the best colleges for Black students, a glossary of terms, a list of notable Black college graduates, a suggested reading list, and an FAQ section round out the guide. The Black Family's Guide to College Admissions is the definitive resource to begin the complex conversation of understanding the choices that Black families face as they go through the college admissions process at the intersection of education, parenting, and race.

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Focusing on the what, the why, and the how of college selection for Black students and their families, the authors provide advice from both the high school and college admissions perspective of the process. This exceptional book addresses issues of race as they intersect with the choice of Historically Black Colleges and Universities or predominantly white institutions and explains the selective college admissions process for high-achieving students of color.

There are many books that provide insight on the ins and outs of the college admissions process, but none is specifically geared toward Black families. There are things that Black families should be aware of as they go through the college search and selection process, and this book provides direction and clear answers. The information in this book can also be helpful to guidance counselors that may be advising Black families and students.

A unique, refreshing, and much-needed resource from two admission insiders. This book is a tremendously valuable guide for Black students and their families as they seek to make informed decisions, ask astute questions, and ultimately select the best college for them.

I appreciate that Fields and Herndon-Brown consider the intersection of race and the value of the HBCU. This book is a must-read for Black students and families navigating the admissions process. I now feel more prepared for my own three children to begin the process.

I am confident that The Black Family's Guide to College Admissions will become a valuable resource for counselors, mentors, and others who are a sounding board of reason in the lives of graduating seniors and their families, especially first-generation graduating seniors who will need to create realistic options for themselves.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Part I. Context
1. Black Parents: The Choices We Make Now Matter Later
2. Shift in Power: The Resurgence of HBCU Culture
3. The Power 3 (The Black Ivies)
4. What Is a Liberal Arts

Preface
Introduction
Part I. Context
1. Black Parents: The Choices We Make Now Matter Later
2. Shift in Power: The Resurgence of HBCU Culture
3. The Power 3 (The Black Ivies)
4. What Is a Liberal Arts Education, and Is It Worth It?
5. What's Best for Your Child? HBCUs versus PWIs
Part II. X Factors
6. What Questions Should You Be Asking in Your Family?
7. Perception versus Reality
8. Gender Wars: How Black Males and Black Females Are Assessed in College Admissions
9. Sports, Arts, and Special Talents
10. Show Me the Money
Part III. Process
11. Expectation for Success Timeline
12. The Process: What Are Colleges Looking For?
Acknowledgments
In Our Opinion
Appendix A. Best Colleges for Black Students
Appendix B. Frequently Asked Questions
Appendix C. Notable Black College Graduates Mentioned in the Book
Suggested Reading
Glossary
Index

Author Bios
Timothy L. Fields
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Timothy L. Fields

Timothy Fields (ATLANTA, GA) is a graduate of Morehouse College and senior associate dean of admissions at Emory University.
Shereem Herndon-Brown
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Shereem Herndon-Brown

Shereem Herndon-Brown (WASHINGTON, DC) is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the founder and chief education officer of Strategic Admissions Advice, an educational consulting company specializing in the creation of college counseling curriculum for charter schools and school districts, online essay courses, and personalized college advice coaching.