The Best 366 Colleges, 2008 Edition Paperback – Aug 21 2007
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"The Best 366 Colleges (2008 Edition)" (813 pages) is very similar to last year's edition. After holding the number of best colleges steady at 361 last year, this time there are 8 new "best" colleges and three that didn't make the cut anymore. Those new colleges are California State University-Stanislaus, Florida Southern College, Sacred Heart University, Thomas Acquinas College, Tuskegee University, Washington College, Washington & Jefferson College, and... University of Cincinnati (more on that later). The best feature of this guide remains the 2 page layout for each of the colleges, with in-depth information on campus life, academic selectivity (the number of applicants, how many were accepted, and of those how many actually decided to attend), tuition and room/board costs, etc. Another aspect that is very helpful is the "Survey says" sidebar, in which the essence of the university is distilled from the college students themselves, and "The Inside Word" segment on how tough it really is to gain admission.
The proof is in the pudding: of the many college guides out there, my daughter is spending more time with this book than with any other. This book is not the first place to start the college search, but once your son or daughter has narrowed down his/her colleges of choice, and assuming those colleges are featured in the "best 366", this book clearly is the best resource, the last step before a campus visit, and can be used again following the campus visits. If I was forced to recommend only one book among all the college search guides, this book is it.
[As an irreverent aside, how about the inclusion of UC in the "best" colleges! The university president has been villified in our city over her handling of the since-departed basketball coach Bob Huggings, and has stated from day 1 that "upgrading" academically UC was her top priority. I'm sure she'll feel vindicatedin part by this ranking among the best colleges. Not that it matters a lot to me, I'm a Xavier fan!]
This book rates college on academic as well as social factors so you can see if you fit in to that campus. You can read about dorms, party atmosphere, and what current students are like.
One feature that I felt was great was... "if you like a certain college you may want to look at"... This allows you to add new schools to consider.
My high school son continually used this book to help make his choice. I highly reccomend this book! My daughter used an earlier version to pick her school.
You will continually come back to using this book.
Diane C. Donovan
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