UC Berkeley Off the Record (College Prowler Series)

UC Berkeley Off the Record (College Prowler Series)


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College guides written by students for students.

Your ultimate source for honest, unbiased information, College Prowler delivers an inside look at the top colleges and universities in the United States. While writing our series of college guides, we felt it was critical that our content was unbiased and unaffiliated with any college or university.

We think it’s important that our readers get honest information and a realistic impression of the student opinions on any college campus—that’s why we intend to publish information about all aspects of a particular college, even the terrible parts you wouldn’t find in a campus brochure. While we do keep an eye out for the occasional extremist—the cheerleader or the cynic—we take pride in letting the college students tell it like it is. We strive to create a college guide that’s as representative as possible of each particular campus. Our guides cover both the good and the bad, and whether the survey responses point to recurring trends or a variation in opinion, these sentiments are directly and proportionally expressed through our guides.

College Prowler guides are in the hands of students throughout the entire process of their creation. Because you can’t make student-written guides without the students, we have students at each college campus who help write, randomly survey their peers, edit, and perform accuracy checks for every college guide that we publish. From the very beginning, student writers gather the most up-to-date stats, facts, and inside information on their colleges. They fill each section with student quotes and summarize the findings in editorial reviews. In addition, each college oruniversity receives a collection of letter grades (A through F) that reflect student opinion and help to represent contentment, prominence, or satisfaction in each of our 20 specific categories. Just as in grade school, the higher the mark the more content, more prominent, or more satisfied the students are with the particular category.

Once a college guide is written, additional college students serve as editors and check for accuracy even more extensively. Our bounce-back team—a group of randomly selected students who have no involvement with the project—are asked to read over the material in order to help ensure that the guide accurately expresses every aspect of the university and its students. This same process is applied to the nearly 300 colleges and universities College Prowler currently covers. Each guide is the result of endless student contributions, hundreds of pages of research and writing, and countless hours of hard work. All of this has led to the creation of a student information network that stretches across the nation to every college that we cover. It’s no easy accomplishment, but it’s the reason that our college guides are such a great resource.

When reading our guides and looking at our college rankings, keep in mind that every college is different and that the students who make up each college are not uniform—as a result, it is important to assess colleges on a case-by-case basis. Because it’s impossible to summarize an entire college with a single number or description, each guide provides a dialogue, not a decision, that’s made up of 20 different topics and hundreds of student quotes. In the end, we hope that this guide will serve as a valuable tool in your college selection process. Enjoy!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781427401557
Publisher: College Prowler, Inc.
Publication date: 07/12/2006
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.14(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

"The most bang for your buck"—this one phrase sums up the University of California, Berkeley. Anybody who has considered a serious higher education in the United States has heard of UC Berkeley; its influential role in both the academic and "real" world is indisputable, and its unique campus history and atmosphere are unlike any other public institution's. With a reputation as being a strangely–brewed microcosm of laid-back liberalism infused with hard-core work ethic, Cal (as Berkeley is affectionately known as) usually invokes a strong reaction from people inside and outside of the community, whether it be pride, disdain, amusement, or bewilderment.

In the minds of Berkeley–lovers, Cal has long stood as a scepter of public education, and perhaps on a more grandiose scale, a testament to American freedom and progressivism. Home to the Free Speech Movement forty years ago, the Affirmative Action debate more recently, and countless other political and social reform movements that have found solace in its open-minded atmosphere, Berkeley has been a harbinger of shifts in American public education policy, as well as larger cultural and political trends.

Berkeley is also a school rich in self-made history; it was the first University of California campus to be built, it has one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, and it ranks continuously as the number one public education choice for students in the United States. Through its constant production of ground-breaking research and innovative thinking in the social and physical sciences, Berkeley has earned the respect of academians, policy-makers, activists, and everyday people all over the world. The education andresearch opportunities at Cal match, if not surpass, those found at lauded private institutions; but while private-school kids are freezing their pants off on the East Coast for forty grand a year, Berkeleyans are jangling their extra pocket change and constantly smiling at their view of sun-drenched San Francisco.

But beyond all the repute and historical hoopla, Cal has a story that only its students know—a vibe felt only by those who have been inside the "Berkeley Bubble." Demanding professors, unique students, relentless protests—this is all what we Bears have come to expect.

Christine W. Huang, Author
University of California, Berkeley

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This book was a big help even after I got to college. It's full of listings for local restaurants and bars and such. Great stuff!