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The Best 376 Colleges, 2012 Edition

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by Princeton Review Staff
 

What makes The Best 376 Colleges the most popular college guide?

*DIRECT QUOTES FROM STUDENTS that give insight into each school's unique character, classes, financial aid, social scenes, and more

*ONE-OF-A-KIND RANKING LISTS that reveal the top 20 colleges in 62 categories based on how students rated their school's dorms, professors, food,

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What makes The Best 376 Colleges the most popular college guide?

*DIRECT QUOTES FROM STUDENTS that give insight into each school's unique character, classes, financial aid, social scenes, and more

*ONE-OF-A-KIND RANKING LISTS that reveal the top 20 colleges in 62 categories based on how students rated their school's dorms, professors, food, athletic facilities, and financial aid

*DETAILED ADMISSIONS INFORMATION that gives tuition, application criteria, deadlines, student to faculty ratios, graduation rates, and the most popular majors

*BONUS FEATURES like the "100 Best Value Colleges List," plus unique ratings with all 376 schools scored on Financial Aid, Quality of Life, Fire Safety, Green Ratings, and more.

Written for any student or parent mystified by the confusing college admissions process, The Best 376 Colleges provides the facts and information needed to make a smart decision about which of the country's best schools to consider.

What the media is saying about The Best 376 Colleges from The Princeton Review: 

“The offbeat indexes, along with the chattily written descriptions of each school, provide a colorful picture of each campus.”–The New York Times

“The most efficient of the college guidebooks. Has entertaining profiles larded with quotes from students.”–Rolling Stone

“A great book…it’s a bargain.” –CNN

“Our favorite college guidebook.” –Seventeen

“Provides the kind of feedback students would get from other students in a campus visit.” –USA Today

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375428395
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/02/2011
Series:
College Admissions Guides Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
864
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.78(h) x 1.77(d)
Age Range:
15 Years

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The Best 376 Colleges, 2012 Edition 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AnnieReznik More than 1 year ago
In 1992, The Princeton Review debuted the first college-ranking based on student perspective. Twenty years later, The Princeton Review's objective to provide college ratings, reviews, and rankings based on student survey responses remains largely unchanged in The Best 376 Colleges. But, the explosion of student-generated online content has turned the guide into a bit of a relic. Unigo is one such iteration of the student-based, online college guide. Founded by a 25-year old Wesleyan University grad in 2008, The Wall Street Journal described Unigo as "a college-information resource built for the age of YouTube and Facebook." Yet, the uniform format, consistent writing style, and fact-filled side-bars of The Best 376 Colleges offer an accessible and appealing student-review resource for the college search. The Princeton Review's The Best 376 Colleges offers an overview of the breadth of the student experience based on annual surveys, while surfing Unigo gives you a moment-in-time snapshot of individual student perspectives. Gaining an accurate picture of the student experience from one resource is difficult. In some ways, The Princeton Review's informative, yet succinct, individual college profiles are preferable to a 1000-word rambling of a random college student review on Unigo. Though, perhaps something is lost in the editorializing of students' candid remarks. Unigo offers unfiltered student content with ever-evolving college profiles. While one student rails against career services in a fit of job-market frustration, another is posting pictures of an impromptu flag football game on the lawn. The Princeton Review's attempt to cull survey responses and describe the student experience is laudable. But, with a relatively paltry average of 330 students surveyed per institution attaining a true overarching picture seems unlikely. Beyond the individual college profiles, The Princeton Review uses survey results to devise 62 "Top 20" ranking lists based on individual components of the college experience. Like the ubiquitous and irresistible online "best" slideshows, Americans delight in a Top 20 list. Perennial media favorites include: "Happiest Students," "Most Beautiful Campus," and "Party Schools." Most of the lists are compiled using student responses to individual survey questions, like: "Overall, how happy are you?" A major caveat (apart from the relatively small survey sample size): the lists only rank schools that are included in the guide. So, the top "Party School" earns that distinction among only the 15% of schools included not among all 4-year colleges and universities. The Best 376 Colleges is among The Princeton Review's best-selling titles for a reason. With an emphasis on accurate, student-relevant data, the guide provides an excellent introduction to the variety of collegiate experiences available.