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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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The prospective college student's antidote to the Princeton Review doldrums.
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The real lowdown on campus life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427401564
  • 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 been a wonderful experience. After finally declaring myself as an English major, I decided to plunge into the field and try my hand at freelance writing. This book is the fruit of my labors. Hopefully, it is the start of a future career in creative writing and the start of a line of publications. I have always been fascinated by language, but what little background I have has been rooted in poetry. This book was a wonderful and challenging opportunity to expand my horizons, and I hope it offers insightful information about Davis. Currently, I'm a sophomore at UCD tirelessly working towards degrees in English and some branch of science that I haven't decided on yet—possibly microbiology or environmental science. Continuing my education here has been a dizzying and inspiring experience; I only hope that this guidebook captured some of that unquantifiable spirit. I learned a lot in the process of writing it. I hope you get something out of it, too. I owe many people heaps of thanks for all their support during this whole experience. Thank you Mom and Dad for your faith in me, Beez for your humor, Grandma and Papa for understanding when I had to cancel plans to meet the deadlines; Aunt Deed, Uncle Keith, and the girls for the Internet connection; Adam, Donry, Laura, Gracie-Lou, Ross-Hintze's, and Adelaide for your support. Danny, Benji, Danielle, Jack, Marge, Nina, Mari-Ferrari, Matt, and everyone else who obligingly answered the surveys, and all my roomies for broadening my perspective and enriching my college experience. Thank you Mr. Clark for getting this whole show on the road. Also, many thanks to Adam Burns and everyone at College Prowler! E-Mail mewith any questions!Tristen Chang
tristenchang@collegeprowler.com
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