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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review; Original edition (July 28 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375429387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375429385
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 4.2 x 25.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,278,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! July 16 2010
By Closm1174 - Published on
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I am a rising high school senior, and this book has been absolutely imperative for me in picking out colleges that interest me. First, there are the funny, irreverent, but nevertheless informative lists, such as "Clove-smoking, Birkenstock-wearing, tree-hugging vegetarians" and "dodgeball targets" and (everyone's favorite) "party schools". These, though, will just whet your appetite for the main course: two page analyses of Academics, Life (what students do outside of classes), and Student Body. I have flipped through both Insider's Guide and Fiske, and I have preferred this one by far. Fiske is a bit too glowing in his reviews; you don't get the whole picture. Insider's Guide does not have as many direct quotes from students, who after all, are the best source of information.
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3.0 out of 5 stars missing some very crucial information June 26 2010
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This book has good info on SAT scores and GPA's and college costs. It gives insight into the admissions philosophies of the colleges. It gives very heavy emphasis to students' views of the feel and social/party aspects of the schools, and many schools end up sounding alike - I would say over half of them in this book feature comments like 'hard liquor is popular on campus', 'social life is dominated by frats', etc. That is certainly good info to have.

The major shortcoming of this book, as I see it, is that it says virtually nothing substantive about the college's actual academic programs and requirements. My son is looking at Ivy League schools, and there is no info in this book about the differences in core requirements between the different Ivy League schools. It wasn't until we were on the student tour at Princeton that we learned that Princeton has a required senior thesis that averages, according to our guide, 80 pages, and that, because of this, virtually no student double majors. This same guide informed us about Columbia's Core Curriculum, heavily based on the Classics, that every student must take. Brown, he told us, is the most flexible Ivy, and has no core requirements. Well, for my son, anyway, all that was vital information and it mattered a lot more to him than some subjective student comments such as 'Everyone likes the Tigers' or 'All the students here are really friendly.'

The info we were seeking is all available online, at each college's website, of course. But it sure would be nice if college guide book writers would actually do a bit more work and write some substantive information about the academic requirements of each school.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helping my mentee Aug. 29 2009
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Princeton Review makes it both fun and full of information. This appeals to the 17 year olds searching for a direction and for the adults wanting to get the real deal. Don't be turned off by the "real deal" about the social life. This information comes from students and that is all I am going to say.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars Oct. 31 2014
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Was very helpful for my daughter in her college search
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER SERVICE Sept. 14 2009
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I ORDERED THIS HEAVY BOOK FROM THE USA and was expecting it in two months but it arrived in perfect shape and packing IN TWO WEEKS. HURRAH.