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Overview

College guides written by students for students.

Your ultimate source for honest, unbiased information, College Prowler delivers an inside look at the top colleges and universities in the United States. While writing our series of college guides, we felt it was critical that our content was unbiased and unaffiliated with any college or university.

We think it’s important that our readers get honest information and a realistic impression of the student opinions on any college campus—that’s why we intend to publish information about all aspects of a particular college, even the terrible parts you wouldn’t find in a campus brochure. While we do keep an eye out for the occasional extremist—the cheerleader or the cynic—we take pride in letting the college students tell it like it is. We strive to create a college guide that’s as representative as possible of each particular campus. Our guides cover both the good and the bad, and whether the survey responses point to recurring trends or a variation in opinion, these sentiments are directly and proportionally expressed through our guides.

College Prowler guides are in the hands of students throughout the entire process of their creation. Because you can’t make student-written guides without the students, we have students at each college campus who help write, randomly survey their peers, edit, and perform accuracy checks for every college guide that we publish. From the very beginning, student writers gather the most up-to-date stats, facts, and inside information on their colleges. They fill each section with student quotes and summarize the findings in editorial reviews. In addition, each college oruniversity receives a collection of letter grades (A through F) that reflect student opinion and help to represent contentment, prominence, or satisfaction in each of our 20 specific categories. Just as in grade school, the higher the mark the more content, more prominent, or more satisfied the students are with the particular category.

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When reading our guides and looking at our college rankings, keep in mind that every college is different and that the students who make up each college are not uniform—as a result, it is important to assess colleges on a case-by-case basis. Because it’s impossible to summarize an entire college with a single number or description, each guide provides a dialogue, not a decision, that’s made up of 20 different topics and hundreds of student quotes. In the end, we hope that this guide will serve as a valuable tool in your college selection process. Enjoy!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427400192
  • Publisher: College Prowler, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/12/2006
  • Series: COLLEGE GDES
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 0.40 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Writing this book has been an amazing experience for me. Though I hope to go into publishing when I graduate, this is the first time I've ever worked on such an extensive project. Writing about Bates and reading what other students had to say about the school also helped me get ready to return here, after having spent my junior year abroad in Cork, Ireland. I'm hoping to do my postgraduate studies in Cork next year, and I hope to possibly live and work there as well. When I graduate, I'll have degrees in English and classics, and a certificate in Irish studies. Bates was my first-choice college, since it's a small, private, liberal arts school with an excellent academic reputation, and it's only about 50 miles from my home in New Hampshire. I've learned a lot while I've studied here, but probably the best part about going to Bates is the opportunity I've had to study abroad. In addition to spending a year in Ireland, I traveled to Budapest during Short Term my first year. I was able to go to 15 plays, ballets, and operas, and I also got the chance to perform in two plays myself. It was Bates's unique calendar that allowed me to go abroad in my very first year at school, and I really believe that traveling has been a vital part of my college experience. I hope that you've gotten a more detailed picture of what living at Bates is like from reading what I and other students had to say about the school. If you are considering Bates, I urge you to visit the school, and even spend a night here, if you can. Sarah Connell
sarahconnell@collegeprowler.com
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    Posted June 5, 2008

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    Once again, College Prowler does an amazing job by uninhibiting the truth about colleges. After looking at the pros and cons given to me by this book, I found out that Bates was the college choice for me, thanks once again!

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