Welcome to the AdmissionsConsultants book review site, brought to you in association with Amazon.com. We use this space to summarize and review what we think are the most useful available books on test preparation and school selection. Countless books have been written on these topics. While our review is not 100% comprehensive, we have identified several outstanding publications, based on our collective experience with graduate school selection and test prep and on feedback from our clients. We hope you find these reviews useful.


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Peterson’s Graduate and Professional Programs: An Overview 2020

This 6-volume set is the only annually updated reference work of its kind. It contains wide-ranging information on the graduate and professional programs offered by colleges and universities in North America, Europe, and Africa that are recognized by U.S. accrediting bodies. Volumes 2 through 6 are divided into sections that contain directories devoted to individual programs in specific fields. Volume 1 includes institutional profiles with the degrees offered, enrollment figures, admission requirements, tuition, financial aid, housing, faculty, research projects, facilities, application deadlines, and contacts at more than 2,240 institutions. Our clients agree this is a great reference to have during the application process!

Best Graduate Schools 2018 by Anne McGrath and Robert Morse

If you’re looking for rankings information and/or admission requirements, deadlines, starting salaries and similar data for over 1,900 full-time and part-time graduate programs, this guide is for you. It heavily emphasizes the more “popular” graduate programs in business, law, medicine and engineering. So, if you are interested in other fields, we encourage you to look at the Peterson’s guides listed above.

Guide to American Graduate Schools: Tenth Edition, Completely Revised by Harold R. Doughty

With profiles on more than 1,250 graduate programs, this is one of the most comprehensive guides we have come across. It contains a lot of good information on each program as well as helpful lists of of scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, and internships. It is, however, a bit dated as it was published in 2009.

Graduate Study in Psychology, 2019 Edition by American Psychological Association

It’s as simple as this. This book represents the most authoritative guide to the roughly 600 graduate psychology schools in the US and Canada. You’re doing yourself a grave disservice if you don’t utilize this book while short listing your target programs.

Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements (VMSAR): 2019 Edition for 2020 Matriculation

The VMSAR is the “holy bible” for vet school applicants. Having the most recent edition will help tremendously with your school selection. We recommend this guide to all of our veterinary school clients. While it may not be perfect, it’s currently the best option on the market.

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