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Featuring complete data on more than 1,400 college and universities, U.S. News Ultimate College Guide 2007 is the best source for the information students and parents need most. Equally important, it also includes the essential step-by-step guide to the often stressful process of choosing a college, getting in and finding the money, plus ...
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Featuring complete data on more than 1,400 college and universities, U.S. News Ultimate College Guide 2007 is the best source for the information students and parents need most. Equally important, it also includes the essential step-by-step guide to the often stressful process of choosing a college, getting in and finding the money, plus exclusive lists and indices to help compare the schools.
Exclusive lists and customized indices help students and parents make the best decisions, including:
--The hardest and easiest schools to get into
--Schools that award the most need-based aid
--The best values: great deals at great schools
Step-by-step advice from the nation's leading education writers includes:
--How to choose the right school for you
--What colleges look for in you
--How to find the money to pay for college
How to Choose the Right School for You
You're about to make one of your first grown-up decisions, and it's going to be a tough one. From among the thousands of colleges in the country, you have to choose just a handful to apply to. You could take the easy way out, of course-you know, pick a school according to how well it did in the NCAA Final Four, or the one that has the most luxurious dorms, or just fall in with the driven seniors who will apply indiscriminately to most of the Ivies.
Or you can do the slightly harder work that will pay off for decades to come. You can take a long look in the mirror and ask yourself: Who is this person anyway? What does she want out of college? What kind of campus will make him feel at home? If you haven't worried too much about self-awareness before, now's the time-before you make a huge, costly blooper and wind up unhappy.
What kinds of situations have made you feel academically and socially successful in high school? If you haven't been successful, why not? Which kinds of classes have you gotten the most out of? What sorts of people have you enjoyed hanging out with? Which activities have really been fun? How different from high school do you want your college experience to be?
Remember, you're aiming to find the school that best suits you-not your friends, not your teachers, and not your parents. This chapter will help you narrow the choices down to a manageable list of five to 10 places where you stand a great chance of being happy for the next four years. Your final list should include "reach" schools (schools that may be a bit too hard to get into), "probables" (schools where yourqualifications are apt to get you in), and "safeties" (ones you can count on accepting you).
Chapter One: How to Choose the Right School for You -
Chapter Two: What Colleges Will Look for in You -
Chapter Three: How to Ace the Big Exam -
Chapter Four: Putting Together a Killer Application -
Chapter Five: How to Find the Money to Pay for College -
U.S. News College Planner -
The U.S. News Insider’s Index: How Do Your Schools Compare?
-How to Use the Insider’s Index -
-Schools that are the hardest and easiest to get into -
-Where applying early may help you most-or not -
-Schools whose freshmen are least (and most) likely to
-Schools whose students are most (and least) likely to
-Schools with the most diverse student bodies -
-Priciest private schools -
-Cheapest public schools -
-Best values: Great deals at great schools -
-Schools whose graduates have the most and least debt
-Where the money is: Schools that award the most
need-based aid -
-Getting a late start? All is not lost -
Index to Major Fields of Study-
The U.S. News & World Report Ultimate College Directory
-How to Use the Directory -
Index of Schools -
About the Authors and Editors -