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Chapter One: ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS
Choosing a college is not easy. The key is to find out all you can about a school before you apply. By buying this guide, you've taken the first step towards finding the right school for you. You'll find inside information on 328 select colleges and universities, covering admissions, selectivity, financial aid, student life, and academics. But numbers don't tell the whole story. Which school really has that "special something" that will make it the best school for you?
Enter the guidance counselor. Your own high school guidance counselor can give you lots of information about various colleges, including qualities most college guides don't measure. But even your guidance counselor's knowledge may be limited to those schools he or she has visited or dealt with in the past.
To give you the scoop on schools your guidance counselor may not be familiar with, Kaplan presents its 2003 National Guidance Counselor Survey. We surveyed guidance counselors around the country, from both public and private high schools, and asked them to tell us about the colleges they know best. They agreed to share their specialized knowledge with you just as they would with one of their own high school students.
Lists of Recommended Schools
In this section, you will find lists of colleges and universities that guidance counselors have recommended for their special characteristics. Each list of schools pertains to a specific quality:
- Schools that are "hot" or "trendy"
- Schools that offer the best value (quality of education vs. cost) for your tuition dollar
- Schools that are "hidden treasures," or not as well known as they should be
- Schools that could be a present-day "Animal House"
- Schools where "nerdy" students can thrive
- Schools where students try to extend their stay beyond four years
- Schools that are innovative and unconventional
- Schools offering popular drug- and alcohol-free activities
- Schools chosen by high school valedictorians
- Schools chosen by high school class presidents
- Underrated schools
- Overrated schools
- Schools with a beautiful urban campus
- Schools with a beautiful rural or suburban campus
- Schools that have changed for the better
How Was the National Guidance Counselor Survey Conducted?
Kaplan's National Guidance Counselor Survey is based upon a telephone survey done by Market Measurement, Inc., of hundreds of guidance counselors selected from a random sample of all U.S. high schools. The scientifically developed random sample was obtained from Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. Survey data reflect the national population distribution of high school-aged children 14-18 years old.
Trent's and Seppy's Lists
To arm you with even more interesting and useful information comparing the colleges in this book, we've included a list of our own on a related topic following each guidance counselor list.
Guidance counselors were also asked to share positive and negative features of the colleges most familiar to them. We've included their comments in the profiles we've written in Section II. These comments can help give you insight into the schools you are considering for your college choice.
Use these lists and the guidance counselor comments to help start your college search, then check out the college profiles in Section II for a comprehensive picture of each school. Chances are, you'll find a number of schools that are right for you. Good luck!
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