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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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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: 9781596581814
  • Publisher: College Prowler, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: College Prowler Series
  • Edition description: 2005 Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.21 (d)

Table of Contents


Table of Contents

By the Numbers-1

Academics-4

Local Atmosphere-10

Safety and Security-17

Computers-23

Facilities-29

Campus Dining-34

Off-Campus Dining-50

Campus Housing Off-Campus Housing-59

Diversity-63

Guys and Girls-69

Athletics-76

Nighlife-83

Greek Life-95

Drug Scene-101

Campus Strictness-106

Parking-111

Transportation-117

Weather-123

Report Card Summary-128

Overall Experience-129

The Inside Scoop-134

Finding a Job or Internship-138

Alumni Information-140

Student Organizations-142

The Best & Worst-147

Visiting Campus-150

Words to Know-154
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2005

    A 'Must Read' for any prospective USC student!!!

    As the mother of a prospective USC student, I appreciated the honest, approachable style of this book. It provided us with insights from the students that are not readily available with other printed material about the college. It is like chatting with a good friend who knows the ins and outs of university life here. Thanks for this outstanding publication!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2005

    A Valuable Perspective

    Students hold a unique and important perspective on the qualities of the university they attend. By describing students¿ opinions about the University of South Carolina, this paperback provides a valuable supplement to the web sites and printed materials published by the university itself. ¿University of South Carolina: Off the Record¿ offers an informative look at USC through the eyes of those who enroll in the classes, take the exams, attend the campus functions, and eat in the local dining facilities. Instead of limiting this book her own opinions and experiences, the author includes plenty of quotes from a range of individuals, exposing the reader to variety of student views on issues such as athletics, parking, academics, and computing facilities. This book is highly recommended for anyone wanting to learn what students have to say about life at the University of South Carolina.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2005

    A Must Have

    A must have book with the inside scoop for anyone thinking of becoming part of the University of So. Carolina.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2004

    Great Source!

    This book is a wonderful source of information for anyone considering going to the University of South Carolina. It has tons of information about everything you could possibly want to know about the university, from food to parking, teachers to social events, and the best part of it is that it all comes from the students so you know you're getting the real deal. Sure, you can look at the university website and find statistics about the school, but the only other way to find this sort of information is by talking to the students themselves, but College Prowler has made it a lot easier by compiling student opinions on various aspects of the university and packaging it all in this one book. It is definitely a useful resource for anyone seriously considering attending the University of South Carolina.

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