Based on Howard and Matthew Greene’s years of counseling experience and research, The Hidden Ivies is an invaluable, in-depth look inside sixty-three renowned academic institutions. These private colleges and universities offer students a broad liberal arts education that will help them build a strong foundation for the rest of their lives. The Greenes help families understand what makes an Ivy League college so desirable, and why these Hidden Ivies (some less well-known than others) offer an educational and personal experience to rival that found on Ivy campuses.
In this fully revised and updated edition—featuring new institutions, including Dickinson College, Fordham University, and Southern Methodist University—the premier educational consultants and authors of Making It Into a Top College take you school-by-school, revealing:
- Why these are unique institutions of exceptional merit
- What criteria to use in evaluating different programs
- The admissions requirements for each selective school
- How to approach the selective college admissions process today
- Student perspectives on their college experiences
- The value of pursuing a liberal arts education
Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions every student—and their parents—will ever make. With costs rising and so many to choose from—and the competition for acceptance more intense than ever before—The Hidden Ivies offers invaluable insights and advice to help every student choose and apply to the right school: the place where they will thrive, academically, socially, and personally.
About the Author
Matthew W. Greene, Ph.D., is Educational Director of Howard Greene & Associates. Matthew has consulted with families for a dozen years and often writes and speaks on educational planning and college admissions issues. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Matthew has taught and advised students at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he earned his doctorate in public policy. He lives in Wilton, Connecticut.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Third Edition xi
Chapter 1 The Liberal Arts: What is a Literal Arts Education and Why Is It important Today? 11
Chapter 2 What Makes an Ivy an Ivy? (And a Hidden Ivy a Hidden Ivy?) 25
Chapter 3 Individual College Descriptions 45
Chapter 4 Understanding and Successfully Managing the Selective College Admissions Process 513
The Hidden Ivies 543
Other Colleges and Universities of Excellence 549