Choosing the Right College 2014-15: The Inside Scoop on Elite Schools and Lesser-Known Institutions


“By far the best college guide in America” —Thomas Sowell
“Easily the best of the college guides” —American Spectator
“Indispensable” —First Things
“An essential reference” —Homeschool Magazine
“A godsend” —National Catholic Register

Over the past decade, Choosing the Right College has established itself as the indispensable resource for ...

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“By far the best college guide in America” —Thomas Sowell
“Easily the best of the college guides” —American Spectator
“Indispensable” —First Things
“An essential reference” —Homeschool Magazine
“A godsend” —National Catholic Register

Over the past decade, Choosing the Right College has established itself as the indispensable resource for students—and parents—who want the unvarnished truth about America’s top colleges and universities. It is the most in-depth, independently researched college guide on the market, using on-campus sources to turn up the best—and worst—aspects of nearly 150 schools. Just as important, Choosing the Right College covers the intellectual, political, and social conditions that really matter, including:

  • The integrity and rigor of the curriculum
  • Which courses and professors to take—and which to avoid
  • The prevalence of politics in the classroom and the state of free speech—all highlighted with ISI’s unique “traffic light”
  • Living arrangements, safety, and other keys to student life
  • How to get a real education at any school

Beyond all that, this brand-new edition of Choosing the Right College features a host of innovations, including: “So You’re Looking For . . . ,” top-five lists of colleges for all types of students; a quick list of each school’s strengths and weaknesses; an insider’s look at the pros and cons of online education; and more.

This new edition of Choosing the Right College also provides the financial information families need in this age of soaring tuition. What are the most overpriced colleges—and which are relatively good values? What is the average student-debt load? To cap it all off, Choosing the Right College introduces the groundbreaking feature “Blue Collar Ivies”—in-depth reports on the best affordable colleges in all fifty states.

Choosing the Right College 2014–15 will completely change the way young people make a life-altering decision.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610170772
  • Publisher: ISI Books
  • Publication date: 8/12/2013
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 992
  • Sales rank: 194,569
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Zmirak received his BA from Yale University in 1986, then his MFA in screenwriting and fiction and his PhD in English in 1996 from Louisiana State University. He has taught composition at LSU and screenwriting at Tulane University, and has written screenplays for and with director Ronald Maxwell (Gods & Generals and Gettysburg). His essays, poems, and other works have appeared in First Things, the Weekly Standard, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, the American Conservative, the South Carolina Review, The Atlantic, Modern Age, the Intercollegiate Review, the New Republic, Commonweal, and the National Catholic Register, among other venues. He has contributed to American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought. From 2000 to 2004 he served as senior editor of Faith & Family Magazine and a reporter at the National Catholic Register. He works now as an editor for several publishing companies, including ISI. He lives in his native New York City.
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