A sampling of colleges' common readings for this year's freshman class:
Occidental College: "The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream," by Gary Younge.
Cal State Bakersfield and University of Maryland, Baltimore County: "Enrique's Journey," by Sonia Nazario.
Smith College and Northwestern University: "Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do," by Claude Steele.
Colgate University and Miami University, Ohio: "Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 that Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy," by Bruce Watson.
UC Berkeley: "Freedom's Orator: Mario Savio and the Radical Legacy of the 1960s," by Robert Cohen.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts: "The Gods Themselves," by Isaac Asimov.
Stony Brook University, New York: "Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey From NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer," by Mireya Mayor.