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The groundbreaking guide to the 40 best colleges you've never heard of—colleges that will change your life

Choosing the right college has never been more important—or more difficult. For the latest edition of this classic college guide, Hilary Masell Oswald conducted her own tours of top schools and in-depth interviews, building on Loren Pope's original to create a totally updated, more expansive work. Organized by geographic region, every profile includes a wealth of vital ...

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Overview

The groundbreaking guide to the 40 best colleges you've never heard of—colleges that will change your life

Choosing the right college has never been more important—or more difficult. For the latest edition of this classic college guide, Hilary Masell Oswald conducted her own tours of top schools and in-depth interviews, building on Loren Pope's original to create a totally updated, more expansive work. Organized by geographic region, every profile includes a wealth of vital information, including admissions standards, distinguishing facts about the curriculum, extracurricular activities, and what faculty say about their jobs. Masell Oswald also offers a new chapter on how students with learning disabilities can find schools that fit their needs. For every prospective college student searching for more than football and frat parties, Colleges That Change Lives will prove indispensable.
 
Fully revised and updated by education journalist Hilary Oswald, Colleges That Change Lives remains the definite guide for high school students (and their parents) who are looking for more in their college education than football, frat parties, and giant lectures. Building on the foundation of landmark author Loren Pope, Oswald spent more than a year visiting 40 colleges, speaking with students, faculty, and alumni to create these vivid and concise portraits. 
 
Featuring a new introduction, a new Required Reading section, and a new chapter on learning disabilities, the book is organized into five geographic regions (Northeast, South, Midwest, Southwest, Northwest) to make for easy browsing, and urban, suburban, and rural campuses are all featured. There’s also an alphabetical index of colleges. Each profile includes admissions standards as well as relevant statistics to make your decision easier, including where the school ranks in post-graduate grants and fellowships, what percentage of students go on to graduate school or further education, distinguishing facts about the curriculum, percentage of professors who have terminal degrees in their field, even what activities are available to students and what they’re likely to do on weekends.
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143122302
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Edition description: 2013-2014 Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 33,969
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Loren Pope (1910-2008) 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 was also the author of Looking Beyond the Ivy League and wrote numerous articles about the college application process.

Hilary Masell Oswald lives in Denver, Colorado, where she writes about education, architecture and design, and public policy. Her work has appeared in Newsday, the Chicago Tribune, Edutopia, and other publications and websites.

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Table of Contents

Getting Beyond the Hype (or Why you Can Relax and Enjoy your College Search) 1

Required Reading: College Myth Busters 11

Taking Your Learning Disability to College (and Why you're Going to Love It!) 17

Northeast

Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania 25

Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts 33

Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania 41

Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont 49

Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania 56

Mid-Atlantic

Emory & Henry College, Emory, Virginia 63

Goucher College, Towson, Maryland 71

Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia 79

McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland 86

South

Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia 93

Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama 101

Centre College, Danville, Kentucky 109

Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida 117

Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina 125

Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas 131

Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi 139

New College of Florida, Sarasota, Florida 146

Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee 154

Midwest

Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin 163

Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa 172

Denison University, Granville, Ohio 180

Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana 187

Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan 195

Hope College, Holland, Michigan 202

Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan 210

Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois 218

Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin 225

Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio 233

St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota 240

Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana 247

Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois 255

College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio 263

Southwest

Austin College, Sherman, Texas 271

St. John's College, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Annapolis, Maryland 279

Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas 286

West

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington 293

Reed College, Portland, Oregon 300

St. Mary's College of California, Moraga, California 308

Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington 315

Willamette University, Salem, Oregon 323

Colleges' Contact Information 331

Index of Colleges 339

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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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