Cool Colleges, Revised: For the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, & Just Plain Diff.

Cool Colleges, Revised: For the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, & Just Plain Diff.

by Donald Asher


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Cool Colleges, Revised: For the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, & Just Plain Diff. by Donald Asher

Fully revised since the first edition, COOL COLLEGES covers the most exciting schools in the U.S. and Canada, with a new chapter on eco schools, an update on tuition-free schools, and the total low-down on the so-called top-ranked schools. Are you hyper-intelligent? Self-directed? A late-bloomer? Or just different? Then you need a great school that will challenge, nurture, inspire, and motivate you-and COOL COLLEGES has got em. It will also give you the scoop on:

  • What the Ivy league is and what it really wants
  • Totally free schools, including one where financial need is a requirement for admission
  • Universities that dont give grades
  • Schools that dont want your SAT scores
  • Data on the highest (and lowest) paying majors
  • The schools that graduate the most millionaires
  • Mens, womens, and minority-focused colleges
  • Schools where you can design your own degree program
  • A college where you can hike and camp your way to a degree
  • A college that runs its own ranch on an 80-square-mile campus
  • Science and engineering schools where undergrads get their own labs
  • The most competitive colleges, including one that rejects 95% of applicants
  • Campuses where students love to study, even on Saturday nights
  • Schools that offer programs in computer game studies, comedy, auctioneering, special-effects makeup, and more

Plus a link to the Web addresses for every college and university in the United States and Canada.COOL COLLEGES is the resource for finding your dream school-and gives you the edge youll need to get accepted.

 Reviews"Worth a look, if youre headed for college or getting ready to apply."-San Diego Union Tribune

I received a used copy of your book, Cool Colleges (2nd Edition) in the mail this morning and (admittedly) out of vague interest and the slight boredom that comes with not having a driver's license, I picked it up and went about my usual hole-up-in-my-bedroom-with-new-book-and-blinds-down-and-stay-holed-until-I-have-finished-the-text-in-it's-entirety routine. The purpose of this message is to express my nearly inexpressible gratitude to you and your associates in research. I have read life-changing books, articles, and speeches but I have never, not once, been so deeply affected by a work of this type: A guidebook? I have perused U.S. News & World Report's 2007 College Guide and the Newsweek/Kaplan 2007 College Guide, each with their individual talents and faults, but your book was different. For once I felt like the book was directed to students such as myself. I'm not an athlete and I'm no an academic superstar: at my school, that's what it takes to be a favorite. I am just another mediocre teenager in millions who wants to save the world.

Your book made me feel, for once, as though someone was looking at those of us hanging by our fingernails on the edge of being completely lost in our distinction. I love to learn for the sake of learning and not because I'm aiming for any star-studded diplomas or accreditations, but because there is so much to learn. Your book not only allowed me to see that there were other "Lost Kids" (that's what my guidance counselor called me) but further that there were places trying to find us because we aren't as lost as some of our superiors like to think. Again Sir, thank you for all your work. It has not gone unnoticed nor was it in vain. If nothing else, you made at least one girl's life (and future) a little brighter. -Carina, 17St. Petersburg, FL

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580088398
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 03/26/2007
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 786,792
Product dimensions: 9.76(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Career consultant DONALD ASHER is a featured speaker at more than 100 colleges and universities every year, coast to coast. A columnist for MSN Encarta and contributor to the Wall Street Journal's and, he divides his time between Nevada and San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     XIV
Introduction     1
Where This Book Came From     1
Research Methodology, Biases, and Limitations     3
Is Important Information Missing from This Book?     8
How To Use This Book     10
Some Final, Very Important Disclaimers     11
Three Prep Colleges     13
Simon's Rock College of Bard     14
Simon's Rock and Bard     18
Cool Book Alert! Jefferson's Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture   Leon Botstein     19
Are You Gifted?     21
The East Coast?     22
10 Largest Colleges/Universities     22
12 Smaller Colleges/Universities     22
College Planning Differs by Family Income     24
Deep Springs College     25
Get the Name Right!     26
Landmark College     29
On Credit     30
An Unusual Application Essay     32
A Few Thoughts on the Large vs. Small Decision     33
Essay: "Secret to Finding Scholarships-There Isn't One"     34
Totally Free Colleges and Universities     36
Tuition-Free Institutions     37
Cool Scholarship! The Collegiate BassAnglers Association     38
The Ivy League and More     39
The Ivy League     40
The Most Competitive Schools in America     43
The Yale Syndrome     45
The Seven Sisters     46
Cool Book Alert! Looking Beyond The Ivy League: Finding the College That's Right for You   Loren Pope     48
Why We Still Have Men's, Women's, and Minority-Focused Colleges     49
Skull and Bones at Yale     49
Three Schools That Are Kicking Butt     52
Essay: "Western Colleges Finally Get Their Due"     53
Cool Book Alert! The Public Ivys: A Guide to America's Best Public Undergradate Colleges and Universities   Richard Moll     55
The Public Ivys     55
Q&A with a Dean of Admission: What Highly Competitive Really Means     56
Schools With Massive Endowments     56
Should You Go to the Best College You Can Get Into?     59
Inputs and Outputs     60
Measuring the Value of an Ivy League Degree     61
College Rankings     62
Eastern Oregon University     62
Top Ten Per-Capita Producers of Ph.D.s     64
The Best Place to Grow a Woman Scientist?     64
Why Distance Doesn't Matter and All Schools are Local     64
The Best College Library in America     66
Schools Where Scholarship Is Honored     67
Reed College     68
Cool Word List!     69
Why Reed Declines to Participate in National Rankings     70
Size Does Matter     71
Reed Scholars Win Honors     74
Every Reed Senior Writes a Thesis     75
Cool Web Site! Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest     76
Interested in a Career in Higher Education?     78
A Short History of Educational Reform     79
So You Think College Presidents Have It Easy?     80
Cool Web Site!     81
Cool Book Alert! The Fiske Guide to Colleges   Edward B. Fiske     81
Swarthmore College     82
Grade Inflation     83
Cool Book Alert! Colleges That Change Lives   Loren Pope     84
Cool Scholarship! Wofford Presidential International Scholarship     86
The Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC)     87
Cool Book Alert! College: The Undergraduate Experience In America   Ernest L. Boyer     88
The Highest Paid Professors in America     89
What About Bryn Mawr?     90
University of Chicago     91
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Classification System     93
A Note about Urban Danger     95
Top Ten Most Innovative and/or Unorthodox Colleges     96
For Poorer?     96
Cool Book Alert! The Innovative Campus: Nurturing the Distinctive Learning Environment   Joy Rosenzweig Kliewer     96
Sewanee - University of the South     97
Hampden-Sydney College     98
The Equestrian Center at Sewannee     99
Robert E. Cook Honors College     100
Real Truth about Cook Honors College     101
Truman State University     103
What Grad School Admissions Officers Love to See on Your Application     104
Interview with Robert E. Cook     105
Cook Honors College     107
Essay: "A College Officer Writes about Distinctiveness at a College"     107
Essay: "On College Counseling for the Intellectual Student"     109
Essay: "Advice from a Distinguished College Professor"     116
Cool Book Alert! The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character Development edited by the John Templeton Foundation     119
Brains and Brawn     120
MIT's Charm School     120
The Great Books Programs      121
St. John's College     122
The Reading List for Freshman Year     124
The Reading List for Sophomore Year     124
The Reading List for Junior Year     124
The Reading List for Senior Year     124
Does St. John's Ever Change?     125
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts     126
Shimer College     127
Recent Pilot Great Books Programs     128
Eco Schools     129
College of the Atlantic     130
The Eco League     134
Audubon Expedition Institute     135
New College of the University of South Florida     136
Cool Web Site! National Center for Fair and Open Testing     137
Is the SAT Realty Fair?     138
Average SAT Scores as a Factor of Family Income
Average SAT Scores as a Factor of Race
Cool Book Alert! This Way Out: A Guide to Alternatives to Traditional College Education in the United States, Europe, and the Third World   John Coyne   Tom Hebert     142
Cool Book Alert! Major in Success: Make College Easier, Fire Up Your Dreams, and Get A Very Cool Job   Patrick Combs     143
Hampshire College     144
Essay: "What Is Intelligence?"     147
Cool Book Alert! How College Affects Students   Ernest Pascarella   Patrick Terenzini     150
Schools That De-emphasize Grades     151
Cool Book Alert! Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities   Alexandra Robbins     151
Prescott College     152
The Prescott College Mission     155
Mahatma Gandhi's Seven Sins     156
Essay: "Why Kids Aren't Happy in Traditional School"     157
Better Late Than Never     160
Cool Book Alert! College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy   Lloyd Thacker     160
Marlboro College     161
Suicide and the Smaller College     163
The Block Plan Schools     164
Colorado College     164
Cornell College     165
Blowing Smoke     165
Tusculum College     165
The Co-op Schools     166
University of Cincinnati     166
Antioch College     167
Northeastern University     168
Kettering University     168
Keuka University     169
Entrepreneurial Studies     171
Babson College     172
Essay: "The Big Meeting"     175
On Choosing a Major and Launching a Life     176
Essay: "The Filene Center for Work and Learning"     179
Oglethorpe University's Career Exposure Program     182
Kansas State University Academic and Career Information Center's Peer Counselors     184
Coolest "Jobs" on Campus     185
Beloit College     186
Principia College's Career Summit     186
The Five Highest and Five Lowest Paying Majors     186
Junior Decision Programs: Santa Clara University and Washington University in St. Louis     187
Wellesley College's Management Basics     188
The Engineering Schools     189
Harvey Mudd College     190
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)     192
Really Cool Science!     194
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering     195
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology     197
Colorado School of Mines     198
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art     198
More Engineering Specialty Schools     200
Some Other Schools of Engineering to Consider     200
Most Millionaires Come from the Middle of the Pack     200
Murphy's Law     201
80/20 Rule     201
Think Small Colleges Don't Have Much Clout?     201
Flying, Sailing, and Militarizing     203
The Military Academies     204
Webb Institute of Naval Architecture     205
Aviation and Aeronautics     206
The Merchant Marine     207
Maritime Colleges and Academies in the U.S. and Canada     208
Cool Books Alert! From F to Phi Beta Kappa: Supercharge Your Study Skills by Lance O. Ong and The Complete Guide to Academic Stardom   James Duban     209
Motivational Deficiency? Or Just Plain Lazy?     210
Cool Book Alert! My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student   Rebekah Nathan     210
The Work Colleges     211
Essay: "A Life of Work and Learning"     212
The Work Colleges     214
Alice Lloyd College     214
Berea College     214
Blackburn College     215
College of the Ozarks     215
Goddard College     215
Sterling College     216
The Saga of a Mountaintop School     216
Warren Wilson College     217
Cool Word List!     217
Berry College     201
Cool Books Alert! Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More by Derek Bok and Leaving College: Rethinking the Causes and Cures of Student Attrition   Vincent Tinto     218
More Cool Ideas     219
Thomas Aquinas College     220
A Spiritual College? How Can That Be?     221
Naropa University     222
Soka University     222
Should You Go to a Religious or Church-Affiliated School?     222
Special Programs for Nontraditional Students, Single Parents, and Women     224
Frances Perkins Program at Mount Holyoke College     225
Cool Books Alert! Traditional Degrees for Nontraditional Students by Carol S. Fungaroli and Bears Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning   Mariah Bear     225
Alverno College     226
Heritage College     227
More Cool Ideas: Specialty Schools     229
More Cool Ideas: Cool Classes and Programs     229
Computer Game Studies     230
Interpreting and Translating     230
Art     231
Music     231
Cooking     231
Auctioneering     233
Modern Railroading     234
School of the Building Arts     234
Tom Savin's Special Make-Up Effects Program     235
Comedy School      235
Americorps     236
Take a Year Off     236
Semester at Sea     236
Even More Unusual Classes, Majors, and Programs     237
Cool Book Alert! Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds   Richard Light     238
Cool Scholarship! The Left-Handed Scholarship     238
Men's, Women's, and Minority-Focused Colleges     239
Essay: "Why I Finally Chose to Attend an Historically Black College"     240
Cool Book Alert! Been There, Should've Done That   Susette Tyler     241
List of Historically Black Colleges     242
The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Member Institutions     247
Nobel-ity     250
The Hispanic Colleges     252
The Tribal, Indian, and Native American Colleges     261
Mascots     265
Top Ten Colleges with "Substantial Proportionality" for Women's Athletic Programs as Defined by Title IX     266
The Women's Colleges     267
The Men's Colleges     271
Index     273

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