Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That's Right for You

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The celebrated book that revolutionized the way Americans choose colleges-now fully revised and updated

An invaluable guide with virtually no competition, this book helped to establish Loren Pope as one of the nation's most respected experts on the college application process. Now fully revised and updated, Looking Beyond the Ivy League offers a step-by-step guide to selecting the right institution, a checklist of specific questions to ask when visiting a college, the secrets ...

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Overview


The celebrated book that revolutionized the way Americans choose colleges-now fully revised and updated

An invaluable guide with virtually no competition, this book helped to establish Loren Pope as one of the nation's most respected experts on the college application process. Now fully revised and updated, Looking Beyond the Ivy League offers a step-by-step guide to selecting the right institution, a checklist of specific questions to ask when visiting a college, the secrets to creating good applications and good applicants, and much more. With as few as one-third of college students remaining at the institution they entered as freshmen, finding the right college is harder than ever before. This book makes it easier for students and their parents.

Reaffirming the value of the small liberal arts college, Pope shows parents and students how and why to look beyond Ivy League and other well-known schools to choose the college that best suits their needs--and how to avoid the pitfalls of the college selection process.

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"The best thing written about admissions in the last twenty years."
-David A. Dudley, former admissions director at Columbia University and the Illinois Institute of Technology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143112822
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/18/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 224,429
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.87 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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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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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Twenty Myths That Can Jinx Your College Choice 1
2 College, A Buyer's Market 21
3 What Are You Going for, Really? 35
4 Should Parents Let Him/Her Take a Year Off? 41
5 What the Good College Experience Should Be 50
6 Select; Don't Settle 73
7 Sample and Test the Merchandise 95
8 Some Proof of the Pudding 109
9 The Ground Rules Have Changed on What College Can Do 127
10 A Few Favorites and Two Hundred Worth Going To 145
11 While You're Still in High School 177
12 Judging Yourself as an Applicant 185
13 A Good Application = Open Sesame 195
14 The Interview? Relax! 218
15 If You've Made a Mistake, You Can Save Yourself 223
16 How to Judge a Private Counselor 232
17 Some Truths About Financial Aid 239
Afterword 251
Index 255
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2007

    A Great Book that Every High School Student Should Be Forced to Read

    The college undergraduate experience is a time for personal growth and preparation for life. Too many high schoolers drift off to college without having a real purpose, the biggest mistake any kid can make for a huge price. The purpose of going to college is to further the quality of life. It sounds simple, but too many kids are unaware of it. An increasing number of high schoolers don't look at what's right for them when deciding on a college--they focus too much on prestige, which innumerable experts say is not what's important to employers. Not only does a liberal arts education lead students to personal growth and to greater abilities to think and solve problems, key things employers want employees to do, but it also is likely to produce people who will live productive and fulfilling lives. Prestige is not what counts in making a lifelong difference. The maturity, the ability to learn, think, and solve problems, the real essential skills in life, you might say--these are the most significant aspects of the good colleges and universities. You don't have to go to a liberal arts school to get a good, solid education. But if you decide to go to college concentrating too much on the prestige, choice of major, and first-time job, you should think about college more carefully. What colleges foster personal development? What colleges provide the atmosphere that will fit your needs? These are the important questions to consider. Look at it through all angles, and then narrow the list down. Loren Pope offers many suggestions, and his book provides valuable insight that will help you think more carefully about what you ought to look for before you make that final decision: your college. Look below! The following books give great insight on what you may want to do in life and give recommendations on how to do it/them. High schoolers should read all four, and college kids should read the first three again. Read the books in the order I gave.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2002

    Eye-opening!

    This is a fascinating book that makes a solid case for small liberal arts colleges as opposed to large universities. While describing a wide variety of schools, from the most prestigious to the little-known, it drives home the message that there really is a right school, or several right schools, for virtually any student--and it provides helpful advice on how to figure out which one or ones are right for you (or your child). One of the most refreshing things about the book is how straightforward it is. Mr. Pope tells it like it is. He is no snob, and he is not taken in by hype. He has a clear view of what matters in providing a meaningful college experience, and he points his readers towards a wide array of gems that provide extraordinary learning opportunities in exciting and inspirational environments. Because the nature of a particular school can change relatively quickly (Williams, for example, is no longer the 'preppy' place it is described in this book as being and is far more diverse than it once was), I wish he would revise and update the book. But even though the material is, in some case, somewhat out of date, it is still enormously helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2001

    GAVE OUR DAUGHTERS INSIGHTS THE HIGH SCHOOL NEVER DID!

    This book was a delightful, insightful and useful to parents and children as well. They were looking at colleges, 'because so & so is going there or said it was a great place' or worse, because the counselors at the high school just didn't have many colleges to suggest that were further away than 100 miles or much first hand experience visiting these colleges, and Loren Pope did! My 2nd college student was an A student and graduated in the top 10, but still combed this book cover to cover and loves the college she chose, Earlham College in Richmond Indiana. Our oldest daughter took this book by Pope and visited 12 colleges in it, applied to 6, narrowed it down to 2 and finally chose Hampshire College in Amherst MA. There as a student of Hampshire, she is automatically part of the five college system and can take classes at Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Amherst, U of M as well as Hampshire with free bus service between the different colleges. She'd never have known about it if it hadn't been for Loren Pope's book. She graduates next week!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2004

    PUT THIS BOOK ON YOUR 'MUST READ' LIST

    A great source for students and parents alike.

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