The Latino Student's Guide to College Success
2nd Edition
by Leonard A. Valverde, Editor
July 2012, 270pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39797-4
$70, £54, 61€, A96
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As society advances with the onset of technological innovations and globalization, America’s workforce will have to have the skills, drive, and education to keep pace. This book inspires Latinos—a group that represents an emerging force in our nation’s future—to pursue higher education and learn what it takes to succeed.

This book provides Latino students with a step-by-step roadmap for navigating the college process—from overcoming cultural barriers to attending college, to selecting the right school, to considering advanced degrees.

The Latino community is the fastest growing minority group in America, and quickly becoming a major player in America’s workforce. Unfortunately, Latinos encounter cultural and societal obstacles that can hinder academic achievement. This inspirational guide gives Latino students practical skills for advancing in a college environment.

The Latino Student’s Guide to College Success: Second Edition, Revised and Updated provides a blueprint for collegiate success. The first eight chapters guide students through subjects such as selecting a college, navigating the application process, forming effective study habits, accessing student support services, and planning for advanced degrees. The second part is comprised of eight inspirational stories by Latino graduates sharing their college experiences. Lastly, a third section features a listing of colleges with a record of graduating the most Latinos, as well as a list of the top ten colleges with the most undergraduate Latino students. The revised and updated second edition of this popular book features the latest economic and demographic changes that have emerged since the first edition was published. It also includes six new chapters introducing the impact of technological advancements and changes in cultural trends.


  • A nationwide directory of the top 50 universities and top 20 community colleges from which Latinos have graduated
  • Inspirational stories about academic success written by Latino graduates
  • A listing of helpful websites for finding financial aid forms, college applications, and more
  • Sources for scholarships geared towards Latino students
Leonard A. Valverde, PhD, is professor of higher education leadership at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. He has authored several books, including Improving Schools for Latinos: Creating Better Learning Environments; Leaders of Color in Higher Education: Unrecognized Triumphs in Harsh Institutions; and Latino Change Agents in Higher Education: Shaping a System that Works for All.


"This updated edition fills a void for Latino students. Readers will find personal stories of success and struggle particular to the Latino experience interspersed with valuable information on precollege preparation, two- to four-year colleges, graduate school, and the college experience."—Booklist Online, November 7, 2012
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