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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427400871
  • Publisher: College Prowler, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/12/2006
  • Series: COLLEGE GDES
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 0.40 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Writing this book has taught me more about my University than I probably ever wanted to know, so if you meet me and I rattle off weird little statistical information about dorms and such, it's because of this book. But honestly, I mean that in the best way. Writing this book has been a tremendously wonderful experience, and I have had such a great time. I'm going into my senior year at Louisiana State University, and it was wonderful to be able to galvanize my entire college career into a book for other would-be Tigers to read. I've lived in Baton Rouge since I can remember, and I have always loved sharing everything I know about this place with anyone who is just setting foot into our fair city. As I prepare to graduate from LSU as a journalism major and pursue whatever direction it takes, I know I will not stay here forever, but this town and this college have been wonderful places for me, or for that matter, for anyone to be.I want to thank a couple of people for being so gloriously helpful to me, it's ridiculous. Thanks to every LSU employee from student workers to heads of departments that helped me get everything together I needed for the guidebook. Thanks to my friends who helped me stay awake with late-night coffees, who filled out surveys, or just helped me remember the random things about LSU we loved. Thanks particularly to Jen for reading my application and giving her ever professional advice, to Kara for not trying to kill me for being awake at all hours, to Brooke for listening to me verbally tell her the entire book's contents, to Taylor for telling everyone about the book, and to everyone else for just putting up with me being crazy all the time. Thanks to JeanneC. for your legal brain and your generosity. Thanks to DC for being the ideal LSU student. Thanks to Dad, Adrienne, and to all my other family (real or otherwise) for being so supportive.And most of all, to my mom, you're right—someone does have to be a rock star, or at least a college guidebook writer.Kim Moreau
kimmoreau@collegeprowler.com
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Table of Contents

By the Numbers 1
Academics 4
Local Atmosphere 10
Safety & Security 17
Computers 22
Facilities 28
Campus Dining 34
Off-Campus Dining 42
Campus Housing 53
Off-Campus Housing 63
Diversity 69
Guys & Girls 74
Athletics 80
Nightlife 87
Greek Life 97
Drug Scene 104
Campus Strictness 108
Parking 112
Transportation 117
Weather 123
Report Card Summary 127
Overall Experience 128
The Inside Scoop 131
Finding a Job or Internship 138
Alumni 140
Student Organizations 144
The Best & Worst 150
Visiting 152
Words to Know 156
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