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College guides are a must for any teenager trying to choose the right school. Unfortunately, most guidebooks are vague, boring tomes written by administrators and journalists, instead of the real experts–the college students that actually go there. Students’ Guide to Colleges is different. Entirely student-written and edited, this invaluable resource cuts through the cant with comprehensive listings of the vital statistics and requirements for America’s top 100 schools accompanied by three totally honest, fresh, ...
College guides are a must for any teenager trying to choose the right school. Unfortunately, most guidebooks are vague, boring tomes written by administrators and journalists, instead of the real experts–the college students that actually go there. Students’ Guide to Colleges is different. Entirely student-written and edited, this invaluable resource cuts through the cant with comprehensive listings of the vital statistics and requirements for America’s top 100 schools accompanied by three totally honest, fresh, fun-to-read descriptions penned by attending undergrads from different walks of life. Want to know how big classes really are? How rigorous the academics get? Or how greek or granola, chill or up-tight, homogenous or diverse, gay or straight, a campus really is? Lively, irreverent, and insightful, the Students’ Guide to Colleges is the only guidebook that offers multiple perspectives on each school and tells it like it is so that college applicants can make the best choice when deciding where they want to spend their college years.
Bryn Mawr College
University of California-Berkeley
University of California-Los Angeles
University of California-San Diego
University of California-Santa Cruz
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
University of Chicago
Claremont McKenna College
University of Colorado at Boulder
Evergreen State College
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Harvey Mudd College
College of the Holy Cross
Johns Hopkins University
Lewis & Clark College
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Michigan
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State University
Sarah Lawrence College
University of Southern California
University of Texas at Austin
University of Virginia
Wake Forest University
University of Washington
Washington University in St. Louis
Washington and Lee University
College of William and Mary
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Posted April 8, 2010
I purchased this book as my daughter is a junior in high school and just beginning the college search process. We have some HUGE books, like the Princeton Review with a TON of statistics and information on every college in America. But I was looking for some students' input. I wanted to hear the pros and cons of a school straight from the students, as I feel you can probably learn a great deal more about the school from the student than the administration. This book seemed to fit that criteria, and that's why I bought it. I must say, I have not been disappointed in the purchase.
I really liked this book. The overall layout and format is easy to follow and an easy read. It's not just a myriad of stats - it's useful, honest opinions about a variety of academic and social factors. It's not the usual rose-colored propaganda you get directly from school administrations. The students who have contributed to the book seem to give honest appraisals of their respective schools - both the positives and the negatives. I think it seems more honest when the writer admits the negatives of the institution.
I also found this book surprisingly humorous also. A lot of these college students are extremely intelligent and very witty in their writing. But, more importantly, they get their points across very well.
Overall, a very useful resource and I recommend it.
Posted September 5, 2005
As a prospective college student, I have to tell you how much I appreciate Students' Guide to Colleges. It combines many of the best features of the Princeton Review and Fiske guides with much more comprehensiveness. I also appreciate that it is without any trying-to-sound-hip blather because these are not editor-interjected profiles, they're written by actual students. This is a great compliment--I have been looking at colleges seriously for about a year, and this is the best guide to colleges among the many I've seen. I also just read the Oberlin College profile in this book with an Oberlin alum and relative. She said that this was this most comprehensive and accurate Oberlin portrayal she's read in a guide. Among other things, she and I loved the different student perspectives and the unthinkable-in- previous-guides questions like 'what aspect of your school would a prospective student not see on a college tour?' The guide's honesty also impressed me, as the Fiske guide lauded Vassar's 'diversity,' for example, where Students' Guide admits 'Although Vassar likes to talk about diversity a lot, most students are actually wealthy and white.' I am confident in saying that anyone applying anywhere from Hampshire to Harvard will find this book incredibly useful!! -JoshWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 5, 2005
I have been a professional college counselor for more than 10 years, and I can't recommend this book highly enough. It's an upstart title in the college guidebook industry - this is the first edition - but it has such a novel take on the process, and offers such innovative features, that I'll be very surprised if it isn't here to stay. A colleague of mine recently said this book is the next best thing to spending a week on each college's campus. I usually shy away from cliches like that - but, in this case, it's very close to the truth. If you're looking at any of America's top 100 colleges and universities, I highly recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.