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Preface by Chuck Hughes, former seniior dean of admissions at Harvard University
Students' Guide To Colleges Acknowledgments Preface Letter from the Editors Frequently Asked Questions I Wish I Knew Then School Indexes By Size By Setting By Region By State By Intellectual Fervor By Intensity of Nightlife By Political Leaning By Diversity Miscellaneous Indexes
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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.