Complete Book of Colleges, 2001 Edition Paperback – Aug 15 2000
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On a helpful factor, I'd rate this book an 8. Each college blurb contains insight on activities, admissions, tuition and financial aid, the school's phone number, website, and what they look for in prospective students, as well as the school's enrollment, which is always good to know. Little symbols, which can be explained by a key, tell readers (and future students) in what type of environment the school is located, meaning the country (ex. Dartmouth, Cornell), urban (U Penn, NYU, Columbia), and suburban (Emory, Northwestern). Dollar signs range from 1 to 3, 1 meaning less than 10,000, 2 representing 10,000 to 15,000, and 3 saying over 15,000 (::sigh::).
A total of 1,669 colleges are reviewed. You've got your hard-to-get-into liberal arts schools. You've got the oh-so-competitive Ivy League schools. You've got your state schools. And, to my surprise, there were even a few community colleges.
It was worth every penny of my money. However, much of it seems to be in fine print. My friend who wears glasses had difficulty seeing some of it. But I've got 20/20 vision and could see basically all of it just fine. Also, it's heavy. What do you expect with 1400+ pages? It's heavy and floppy. The company designed this guide with the cheaper type of paper, yet if they tried for the more expensive kind, this book would probably weigh 40 pounds.
BUY IT, PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS! Or preorder the 2005 edition, which you can do right now. Information is much more up to date that way, and you especially need to be correctly informed tuition/financial aid-wise.
This guide resembles most other available college guides and these similarities are not accidental. All of today's college guides gather their most important information from the same source: the common data set (see [...] Originally established to standardize and ease the distribution of college information, the common data set now seems to function as a barrier to original efforts to evaluate American colleges and universities.
The Princeton Review touts its guide as "the best place to begin, fine-tune and execute the search for your perfect college." Given that everybody uses the same data, that claim seems a little dubious and resembles advertising campaigns by soap manufacturers desperately trying to differentiate almost identical products.
The publishing industry's sloth is glaringly evident in their failure to pressure colleges and universities to provide important test score information left out of the common data set. Industry representatives participate in the common data set initiative; yet, their role appears completely passive.
This guide only lists information on test scores taken by entering high school students (for example, the SAT I, ACT, etc.). No score information is reported for tests taken by students in college, such as the Medical College Admissions Test, Law School Admissions Test, Graduate Record Examinations, or Graduate Management Admissions Test; yet, these scores would seem to reflect better college achievement.Read more ›
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thiz buk iz soooooo gud! i got in2 yal, vasir, prinston, and harvard and even u pen! thiz book will help u w/ ur college serch becuz itz fun and informitiv and it haz everything u... Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Marla
Great guide. Now they need to inform the reader that the best kept secret in American colleges is West Point. Read morePublished on March 3 2003 by A Teacher
I remember the uncertainty of the college search... Being the eldest of three children I did not know where to begin my quest for the perfect college. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2001 by student@harvard