James Madison Universityby College Prowler
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./b>
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.
Once a college guide is written, additional college students serve as editors and check for accuracy even more extensively. Our bounce-back team—a group of randomly selected students who have no involvement with the project—are asked to read over the material in order to help ensure that the guide accurately expresses every aspect of the university and its students. This same process is applied to the nearly 300 colleges and universities College Prowler currently covers. Each guide is the result of endless student contributions, hundreds of pages of research and writing, and countless hours of hard work. All of this has led to the creation of a student information network that stretches across the nation to every college that we cover. It’s no easy accomplishment, but it’s the reason that our college guides are such a great resource.
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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Now that my cursor is finally reaching the bottom of this document, I'm relieved and excited. I feel satisfied with the research and the (excessive amounts of) time I spent on this guidebook's creation. It was a great opportunity to use my creativity and writing skills to help out wandering high school seniors and their parents, all searching for the school of their choice. I'm now a senior at James Madison University, relentlessly pursuing a career in print journalism, working as the assistant Variety/Focus editor at the Breeze (the school paper), and firefighting in the summers in Oregon. Just as I couldn't have told you my freshman year I'd be in Virginia a couple years later, I can't tell you where in the world I'll be after graduation. However, I feel confident that wherever I end up, my life has been enriched by living in Harrisonburg and attending JMU. Whether or not you decide to join the Madison ranks, I hope this guidebook has helped you out, answered some of your questions, and perhaps even entertained you.With the knowledge that I haven't won an Oscar or a Pulitzer yet, I still have a list of people I would love to recognize. Thank you, God, first of all, for this opportunity; thank you, Mom and Dad, for bugging me about this book and for always believing in and supporting me with your love, encouragement, and humor; Kyle, my favorite lil' big bro; Susan, the Machine, for being my intellectual twin and my soul sister; all of my awesome friends at IUP and SOU, for making my freshman and sophomore years unbeatable; Kelly, Natalie, Kate, Corey, Nini, and all my L-Town homies, for being the amazing friends that you are; my roommates Kim, Brook, and Chris, for putting upwith me and my silly questions; my roomies for next year Carly, Kelsey, Kemper, Diana, and Katie, for all their love and prayers; all my JMU friends who are too numerous too name, but too precious to leave out; and all the people at College Prowler, especially, for their patience and flexibility. Thank you!Sylva Florence, Author
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