University of Miami: Off the Record (College Prowler Series)

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Overview

For honest, unbiased information, College Prowler delivers an inside look at college, straight from the students' mouths. Complete with hundreds of qoutes, grades, stats, and reviews, each student-written guide offers a comprehensive collection of information on one particular school. See how students rate their campus when it's time to look beyond the brochures and talk about key issues that really matter.
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Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe
The prospective college student's antidote to the Princeton Review doldrums.
—Melissa Kaplan
CollegeBound Magazine
Check out College Prowler, a new set of informative guidebooks thatgives you more than just class sizes and tuition figures.
—Paul D. Rosevear
New York Times
The real lowdown on campus life.
—Laura Randall and Kimetris N. Baltrip
Washington Post
The new kid on the block when it comes to student-to-student assessments of college campuses.
—Benjamin Gilbert
Publishers Weekly
Last year we wrote about a new entrant in the college guide field, the Pittsburgh, Pa.-based College Prowler ("Dollars and Sense," Aug. 4, 2003), which published its first titles in February 2003. Not only is this entrepreneurial publisher still going strong, but its title output is set to double in the next three months, with 100 new titles being added to the original 100 guides (which will be completely revised and tripled in length). Unlike other college guidebooks, each College Prowler title covers one specific college, featuring insider details (top 10 and best/worst lists, "did you know" stats); detailed reference information on school organizations, local hotels, etc.; "inside scoop" sections on local slang, urban legends, academic traditions; and more. The guides-which retail for $14.95 and average 160 pages in length-are all student written (by a student at the particular college), student edited (in the publisher's offices) and then returned to a three-person "bounce-back team" at the college to insure the book's accuracy. And Prowler's formula is clearly working: among the media hits to date are print features in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Reader's Digest, and many other national newspapers; and TV segments on CNN Live, CBS and NBC. In addition, the company received honorable mention in Fast Company magazine's "Fast 50" international competition. In the words of company CEO Luke Skurman, "Every day I'm more and more excited by the fact that we're helping several thousand students and parents become more confident in the college selection process." Copyright 2004, Publishers Weekly.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596581623
  • Publisher: College Prowler, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: College Prowler Series
  • Edition description: 2005 Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

By the Numbers 1
Academics 4
Local Atmosphere 10
Safety and Security 17
Computers 22
Facilities 27
Campus Dining 32
Off-Campus Dining 39
Campus Housing 46
Off-Campus Housing 52
Diversity 56
Guys and Girls 61
Athletics 67
Nightlife 73
Greek Life 82
Drug Scene 87
Campus Strictness 92
Parking 95
Transportation 100
Weather 106
Report Card Summary 110
Overall Experience 111
The Inside Scoop 114
Finding a Job or Internship 120
Alumni Information 122
Student Organizations 124
The Best & Worst 132
Visiting Campus 134
Words to Know 139
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2005

    Excellent Insight Into College Life

    College Prowler is an organization that I wish existed a few years ago during my college search. They set out to offer high school students a look into a college from the perspective of students who go there. This book about UM was written entirely by an actual UM student, instead of a bunch of numbers copied off a PR report. Books like The Princeton Review only give stats released by the school themselves, resulting in only positive, boring numbers being reported. College Prowler has categories on dorms, athletics, dining, fraternities and sororities, social life, and tons more. To ensure that the book isn't biased by the author, there are quotes from at least a dozen other students at the end of each section, offering opinions on UM from people of different genders, ages, races, and majors. The book contains everything those other number-filled books do, including stats like average SAT scores and percentage of boys vs. girls. But it goes way beyond that, devoting around 150 pages to one college, instead of the half a page you'd get in most other books. This book is a great resource for your college search, and is also very helpful if you have gotten accepted to more than one school and are trying to decide. Chances are, the other school also has a College Prowler book about it, and by reading both you can see which college excels in the areas more important to you. There is also contact info for the author if you have any questions about UM not covered in the book, and would like to hear from a student instead of a PR person.

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