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Complete Book of Colleges, 2001 Edition [Paperback]

Princeton Review
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Aug. 15 2000 Complete Book of Colleges
This is the only guide one will need for a successful college search. Browse through the 2001 edition of the Complete Book of Colleges and the reader will find meticulously researched profiles of more than 1,600 schools. It contains the latest information for each school on:

Academic programs and majors offered
Admissions requirements, including average GPA and SAT scores of incoming freshmen
Tuition, fees, and other costs
Campus mailing and email addresses, and phone and fax numbers
Housing, libraries, laboratories, and other facilities
What financial aid is available
Athletics and other extracurricular activities
Student services like counseling, career placement, and accommodations for the disabled

Each profile features icons that give an at-a-glance picture of enrollments, selectivity, and costs. In addition, the book includes The Princeton Review's "Admission Wizard," a short questionnaire that streamlines one's college search by helping to define the right type of school for the reader.

Besides the useful statistics and deadline information, the Complete Book of Colleges helps the reader find schools that offer degrees and majors that he/she is looking for, and lets the reader know what tests he/she will need to take to gain admission.  Because, after all, there's a lot more to getting into college than just knowing where to send the application.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, informative, worthwhile July 16 2004
Being that I'm just getting psyched about choosing colleges, I haven't really read any other guides yet, so I didn't have any to compare this one to. However, since I want to go to a good school, (Vassar, NYU, Vanderbilt, Drexel, Emory, UCLA, this list goes on...) I thought that this would help me select more options to add to my list, as well as help me to rule out options that aren't for me.
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Year after year the same information Oct. 13 2003
The Complete Book of Colleges presents, in encyclopedic fashion, a vast array of details on colleges and universities. It also judges the quality of schools, designating some of them as among the 351 best. However, to learn more about what makes a school one of the best, the reader must buy an additional Princeton Review book.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Free Advice For Everyone Who Is Looking At Colleges Sept. 23 2001
By "nj4"
Why go to college? Is it to put off working? To have a fun time? Are you serious? Do you really understand? Is it --- just the thing to do? Did you know you can learn everything you need to by reading independently? Why don't we just do it like they do in France ---show up the first day, do all the study independently, show up for the exam at the end? The "Complete Book Of Colleges" is great. But, it doesn't answer the above types of questions about what this whole higher education thing is really all about --- what America's founding fathers, especially all-time education guru Thomas Jefferson, said was critical for college to accomplish for both you and America. So, let me give you a free heads up that will help you to understand, make the right decision, and save you from making a life-altering mistake down the road. Before doing anything, I recommend you first read the only book about understanding college --- "West Point", by Norman Thomas Remick. It's a book that explains in simple language , through Thomas Jefferson's founding of West Point (hence, the title), the reasons for having colleges in America. It brought all the questions about higher education into clear focus for me. For the first time, even as a professional, I really understand what it's all about. So will you. The book could have been called, "Life's Most Important Questions, Answered". It's the first book every college seeker, and college advisor, should read. Once you have a correct and intelligent perspective on college, then go through the great 5-star reference, "Complete Book Of Colleges", and find the right college for you.
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