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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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Editorial Reviews

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Real Insider Information.
The Boston Globe
The prospective college student's antidote to the Princeton Review doldrums.
The New York Times
The real lowdown on campus life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427401373
  • 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

Ian Spiro received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Stanford University. He intends to take that Bachelor of Science, put it in a paper shredder, pulp it in a paper-grinder, and recycle it into the most beautiful resume-paper the world has ever seen. Ian expects to spend the first few years out of college in the serving industry and "just doing the right thing." After that, he plans to marry well and retire into a life of raising children and writing unpopular shareware programs. On the side, he might travel to Germany, or create freelance Internet comics. Ian would like to thank his dedicated bounce-back team for their service in reading over the manuscript. He would also like to thank all the people who provided quotes, as well as the College Prowler management team, for continually reminding him that his deadline had passed.Ian Spiro
ianspiro@collegeprowler.com
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Table of Contents

By the Numbers 1
Academics 4
Local Atmosphere 11
Safety & Security 18
Computers 23
Facilities 29
Campus Dining 34
Off-Campus Dining 41
Campus Housing 51
Off-Campus Housing 60
Diversity 64
Guys & Girls 69
Athletics 76
Nightlife 82
Greek Life 88
Drug Scene 95
Campus Strictness 100
Parking 104
Transportation 109
Weather 115
Report Card Summary 119
Overall Experience 120
The Inside Scoop 124
Finding a Job or Internship 128
Alumni 130
Student Organizations 132
The Best & Worst 142
Visiting 144
Words to Know 148
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  • Anonymous

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    This is the guide you need

    I'm so glad these books exist. I picked up a bunch of them to compare when I was looking for a school and they really have a lot of great info. The student quotes deal with quality of life issues like local nightlife, campus dining, and the prevelance of drugs on campus, and such, which is very helpful when you're trying to decide what school is the best fit for your personality. This is stuff you wouldn't be able to find anywhere else (especially not on the school's web site), so it's definitely worth a read.

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