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The distinctive group of forty colleges profiled here is a well-kept secret in a status industry. They outdo the Ivies and research universities in producing winners. And they work their magic on the B and C students as well as on the A students. Loren Pope, director of the College Placement Bureau, provides essential information on schools that he has chosen for their proven ability to develop potential, values, initiative, and risk-taking in a wide range of students. Inside you'll find evaluations of each ...
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The distinctive group of forty colleges profiled here is a well-kept secret in a status industry. They outdo the Ivies and research universities in producing winners. And they work their magic on the B and C students as well as on the A students. Loren Pope, director of the College Placement Bureau, provides essential information on schools that he has chosen for their proven ability to develop potential, values, initiative, and risk-taking in a wide range of students. Inside you'll find evaluations of each school's program and personality to help you decide if it's a community that's right for you; interviews with students that offer an insider's perspective on each college; professors' and deans' viewpoints on their school, their students, and their mission; and information on what happens to the graduates and what they think of their college experience. Loren Pope encourages you to be a hard-nosed consumer when visiting a college, advises how to evaluate a school in terms of your own needs and strengths, and shows how the college experience can enrich the rest of your life.
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YA-Pope discusses 40 colleges, mostly in the Northeast, South, and Midwest. What makes this book different from other guides is that it highlights schools that select students who have a wide range of abilities, not necessarily the cream of the crop academically, but who exhibit a desire to learn. The atmosphere at these institutions is collaborative rather than competitive and they feature close interaction between students and faculty. Antioch University, Grinnell College, Whitman College, and Goucher College are among the schools included. Overviews of academic standings, admission requirements, quotes by faculty and students, points of geographic interest, and strengths in relation to other schools are given for each selection.-Rebecca C. Burgee, Langley High School, McLean, VA
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  • ISBN-13: 9780140239515
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/12/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.94 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Loren Pope was education editor of the New York Times in the 1950s. In 1965 he opened the College Placement Bureau in Washington, D.C., to help families of college--bound students make informed choices. He is the author of Looking Beyond the Ivy League and has written numerous articles about the college application proc

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    A groundbreaking book.

    As a part time college counselor, I can say that this is a great book. There are thousands of great colleges in the US, but sadly everyone only talks about 20 of them. If you are sending a kid to a college to have bragging rights, don't bother with this book. But if you want your kid to have a great education, get this and read it. I read it in one night. I couldn't put it down. In this book, you learn which colleges really teach. How they can take a B student and make them a huge success in life. As a parent, you owe it to yourself to read this. We toured some of the 40. The kids there LOVED them. Universally, the kids loved the small classes, professors who really cared and the great experience. And, yes, my kid will be starting at one of the 40 in a few months. We could not be happier. She could not be happier. I encourage everyone interested in giving their kid a great educatiomn to read this. It will open your eyes to some great colleges.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2006

    About as good as it get...

    This book introduces many good liberal arts colleges to you. The 40 are spread across the U.S. so you can look for a college in a specific region etc. In each review, you get the student's point of view, statistics, the profs & president's view, and, finally, Mr. Pope's view of the school. This book is about as good as it can get -unless you decided to get an interview. Also, I feel that this book is a little outdated and a little bias. I mean, this book is based on Mr. Pope's idea of a good school. Although, he does have a very good idea.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2005

    I cannot say enough good things about this book

    My oldest child is attending the large state university and is blossoming there, but my second child is a totally different person, with different interests and abilities. Although she has said that she will probably attend the same university as her sister, I know it is not a good fit for her. I cannot tell you how fortunate I feel to have learned of this book (from a woman sitting next to me at a seminar) -- the colleges it profiles offer many promising possibilities for my second child and she is reading it as I write this review. This is a gem of a guide to many great little colleges located throughout our nation. I highly recommend this book to students and parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2004

    This book is worth checking out!

    My daughter is searching for the right 'fit' and Loren Pope's book has been tremendously helpful. The big state university is not the best choice given her desire to get a strong liberal arts education before medical school. Pope's book introduced her to many options -- schools that excel at feeding the mind of the young adult. I can't imagine embarking on a college search without first reading this book. Hooray for the small schools with a big heart!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2003

    Great! And really helpful....

    With good grades and solid SAT scores, I still had a lot of trouble deciding where to apply to college. I had visited 5 colleges already in the Northeast and been unimpressed with what I had seen. Yet, Pope's book opened my eyes to new colleges in new locations. I have been accepted by Beloit (WI) and Kalamazoo (MI) and could not be happier. Sometimes one has to look a little further to find what one is looking for!! Good luck!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2002

    I FOUND MY COLLEGE

    Many people are searching for a school. They take the IVY league as the end all, be all for schools. I decided to read Lauren's book and found my school: Millsaps College. Nothing has more profoundly changed my life .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2000

    Wish I'd Read This Book Before I Chose A College

    Even though I have a BA already I was curious what schools were listed. I was extremely surprised to discover colleges that I'd heard of, but never realized there immense value in education. I was a B student in H.S. and only applied to one state college. Even though I got a good education I believe this book could have helped me immensely in finding a college that looked at my other abilities. I've recommended this book to my brother in law who is a high school junior. He is so smart but is unable to keep a strong B average. This book provides 'hope' that a great college, with wonderful teachers, and a diverse student body IS out there: even if you don't have straight A's. Great for parents who are afraid their child will need to settle for any college.

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