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1. Been There, Should've Done That II : More Tips for Making the Most of College
by Suzette Tyler
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Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great college guide
As a senior at Harvard I've read a lot of books for college students and I found this book simple yet informative. It's tips from student's for student's. Short sweet and smart. I feel like this is a good book for college freshman but it didn't help me much after my first semester. I also purchased Major In Success by: Patrick Combs and I found it to be extremely helpful for making the most of all my college years. Major In Success is the perfect companion to this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars if you want a true perspective...
What I liked the best about the book is that it's told in students' own words -- students from a number of colleges commenting on topics ranging from how to schedule classes to handling homesickness to handling finances to getting along with that up-all-night roommate. You're getting the real scoop on college life from the people who are LIVING it, not what the admission literature says. As a student affairs professional, this is the kind of "quick read" resource I'm going to buy (on Amazon, of course) to make available to my students.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This books provides honest solid advice. Unlike most so-called college guides, this one was not written by a book mill, but an author who understands the complexities of being a college student. Well done. Bravo! I can't recommend it enough. If I may, I would like to suggest a book to buy in addition to this one:

College 101: The Book Your College Does Not Want You To Read (ISBN: 0966412206)

College 101 may not be as polished as Been There Done That, but it does provide a complete picture of the college experience from a first person point of view, that is brutally honest. It shows the college experience warts and all!

Buy these two books together and you will know everything you need to know about college!

5-0 out of 5 stars I've should have read it soone
This book is great. I enjoyed reading it, and found it very interesting. I was thinking a good complement to this book would be, "How to find your dream job and make it a reality: solutions for a rewarding and meaningful career" by Jason McClure. If there I one thing I would have done different in college, it would be preparing for the job search afterwards.
Order both books and make the most of college career. Good luck...

4-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book!
This book has more common sense, solid advice, and information than most college guides. A freshman would be well served keeping this book in his/her back pocket. ... Read more

2. The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College
by Jacques Steinberg
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Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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In the fall of 1999, New York Times education reporter Jacques Steinberg was given an unprecedented opportunity to observe the admissions process at prestigious Wesleyan University. Over the course of nearly a year, Steinberg accompanied admissions officer Ralph Figueroa on a tour to assess and recruit the most promising students in the country. The Gatekeepers follows a diverse group of prospective students as they compete for places in the nation's most elite colleges. The first book to reveal the college admission process in such behind-the-scenes detail, The Gatekeepers will be required reading for every parent of a high school-age child and for every student facing the arduous and anxious task of applying to college. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The god's do play dice with the universe
I read this book and had a wide range of emotions. I will start by stating my views tend to be fiscally and politically moderate. So, I had to temper my frustration in reading a book on college admissions written by a writer for the New York Times (a decidedly liberal newspaper)and of a quite liberal East Coast University, Wesleyan. The choice of school and admission officer to shadow express a liberal bias that may not entirely reflect the view of all top Universities, but is probably true to the nature of Affirmative Action nation wide. Mr. Figueroa, the Admissions Officer, deserves accolades for the passion he expresses in his responsibilities.

That said, my analysis must be dispassionate since my oldest child is currently looking at colleges. So here it is:

1. The Wesleyan pie is first divided this way, 30% African, Latino and Asian students. Many deserve admission, without question, no matter who you measure them against. These are the HP (high priority) minority students. Others are in the generally acceptable population range according to averages, courses taken, class rank, activities, leadership etc.. Some are at risk students, as are some in the other applicant cohorts. True, these students may be cut a little slack but, remember they still must pass courses to matriculate at the university. The U.S. News and World Report is watching and will note the number of non matriculating students. They will also note the number of students who are accepted and decide to go elsewhere. And so the games begin!

2. Foreign students are given 3% of the pie. Diversity by ethnicity and country raised in and state of origin produce robustness. The rules for foreign students are very similar I suppose although the book does not go into great detail.

3. 67% is carved out for those with European ancestry. My only beef here is that there are significant cultural diversity distinctions even amongst Europeans! We are not all rolled out of the same batch of flour or using the same cookie cutter, so to speak. But, alas I digress.

Of this group an expectation of SAT = 1340 or so is expected. This is the benchmark. Quality points are given for challenging AP courses as compared to your peers. The harder the competition at your High School and the more people apply to the same university the lower the probability you have to be picked over your classmates. Unless, of course, you are the one to apply early decision and have all the goods. Subjectivity always is a confounding variable. A wonderful essay read by an Admissions Officer at 3am on Saturday may work as well as the car built by the worst crew on the last Friday of the quota month. But chance does favor the prepared mind so make your essay special for you.

Activities count, clubs, organizations, etc., but being an officer or say President of the Student body counts more for showing Leadership. Life experiences expressed in a well written essay could tip the scale, as well.

Sports are important if you are "the one" who is needed for the team, but usually not without the other components mentioned. A much needed Oboist should get the nod, sometimes even if some deficiencies need to be overlooked.

Diversity by domestic geographic origin also is a consideration. Schools want to recruit and report diversity from all 50 states. Obviously, East coast schools will attract more people from the east and therefore you compete with other east coast students for a subset of the seats to a greater degree than you think!

So, keep the grades up, take the most challenging curriculum, be a leader in school organizations, express yourself in your essays, note any ethnicity that is accurate and listed (or not listed), take an SAT prep course, grind through old SAT exams, know the TEST and how to take it. Take it twice unless you have exceeded the requirements of the schools to which you have applied or you dialed 800 verbal and 800 math. Check out the requirements for financial aid, this sometimes requires persistence. Make a list of schools prioritize them as, dream schools, desirable schools and safe schools. Visit as many schools as possible to be sure they are a good fit for your academic major, that you like the culture of the school, the feel of the campus and that the location makes it easy to get home to see the family...

Roll the dice! Then it all becomes the mathematics of probabilities. Good luck! Remember, the harder you work the luckier you get! And you may find yourself thinking the refrain from an old song which stated in self proclamation, "My future's so bright I gotta wear shades!"

5-0 out of 5 stars Absoutely Fascinating...
I just finished reading "The Gatekeepers" after it was recommended by other mom in my daughter's senior's class. Since several of the schools my daughter is applying to are mentioned in the book it was definitely a must read for me. However, it is a must read for any parent whose child is applying to a selective college/university.

"The Gatekeepers" is written in a wonderfully thoughtful and fascinating manner that it reads like a novel you just can't put down. The insight it provides into the admissions process is invaluable not only in the useful information it provides but also in the "shot in the dark" aspect to applying to a selective school. I think it may help my daughter and myself to relax a bit during this whole thing since so much of it seems random, especially for white middle class kids with great grades and scores.

My daughter is off right now on college tours with my husband and I keep calling her with advice I've learned from the book--she may start blocking my calls. But if you want to know what goes on, read this book, you won't be sorry you did.

5-0 out of 5 stars Behind-the-Scenes Information, you normally wouldn't get
About a week ago my English Teacher suggested us to purchase this book and read. She has been prepping us for the College process ever since September, and figured that the book would be a great way for us to understand what kind of thought that will be put into are applications. At first I was not excited about the book because I thought it would be dry and boring, but after reading the first couple pages, I could not put it down. Not only was the information very helpful, but the author really knows how to write a book, and he keeps you interested. I litterally could not wait to know what happens to the students protrayed in the book.

On the bad side though it did scare me a little, because I realized that different students are put on different pedistals. It really goes to show you that school are look for diversity and they will take some pretty major steps to get it (for example a minority student that attends a Prep School with a 3.2 GPA and a 1150 on the S.A.T.'s got excepted with a full ride with a non-minority student at the same prep school with a 3.9 GPA and a 1350 SAT did not).

The Other complant about the book is that it describes the admissions mostly for IVY or IVY-like schools (NOT STATE SCHOOLS), which for the first hundred pages make for confusing calculations (like when they say they like to see scores higher than 1350, for a state school that means 1000).

But all in all I am glad that I picked up the book and started to read, it was one in a long time that I could not put down, and one that I am happy that I have to put on my ever growing book shelf (Thanks Mrs. H!).

3-0 out of 5 stars One Word? - Disappointing
One word to sum-up The Gatekeepers? Disappointing....

Disappointing because:

1) the author's viewpoint is decidedly "East Coast" with a larger than life view of Eastern seaboard schools with scant appreciation for any institutions of higher learning beyond the Allegheny's, other than Stanford. The reputations of the holy trinity, Yale, Harvard, and Princeton, are undeniable, but the author's view of American College education seems to be confined to a very few hundred square miles.

2) the author would use the lives of persons of honor vicariously to further his own career. The nobility, kindness, and charity which unfolded in the lives of Figueroa, Goldman, et al., is more a testament to the character of man than the author's ability to tell the admissions story at a "premier college."

3) the story reads like a prospectus for Wesleyan University (notably, in the first half). In the author's school boy-ish tone, he gushes about the achievements of the college well beyond what one would hope for in an unbiased investigation by a New York Times reporter.

The tender lives of the student applicants involved in their search for the perfect college will wrench anyone's heart. Give it a try, but don't be surprised if you're disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful, Heartfelt, Great read for all especially parents
I found this true tale to be touching. I was empathetic to all those involved whether they were those selected from "merit" or "action". I was overjoyed for all the applicants and their growth (and mine) through their experiences. I applauded the thoughtful way applicants were reviewed and considered for admission. There are several views when discussing "merit" versus "action". I believe that in Wesleyan's case, at this snap shot in time, their process although flawed like all other schools does look at the merit of diversity. There action based merit is what eliminates strife with the knowledge we all gain of one another in a diverse environment where all share a common goal. Parents this is a exceptional book, look beyond reading this a purely a guide to admission into your college of choice but devourer these words and walk away with a growth that "will ad" to your life an the world as a whole. You are a "Kevin Bacon" relation to everyone you encounter or never encounter on this planet. ... Read more

3. How to Survive Your Freshman Year (Hundreds of Heads Survival Guide)
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Catlog: Book (2004-04)
Publisher: Hundreds of Heads Books
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Some clichés may indeed be true. This is the case with HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR FRESHMAN YEAR, a book that proves that "Hundreds of Heads are Better Than One."

The start of a college freshman year can bring on stomachaches, teeth grinding, parental feuds and sweaty palms. But knowing what to expect can relieve the nervousness and anxiety attacks, especially if you are being helped along by hundreds of survivors.

The hundreds of college students interviewed for this book get very down and dirty about the realities of freshman year – the best parts, the worst parts, the unforeseen. The students interviewed are from big schools, small schools, Ivies, and state universities. Greeks, geeks and jocks; men and women. What they told about their college experiences – whether satisfied, relieved or regretful – is remarkably universal.

Hundreds of Heads Books’ HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR FRESHMAN YEAR provides 800 personal stories and advice tidbits from hundreds of college Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who survived freshman year.It even contains a few tips on things to avoid, from a handful of dropouts who didn't quite make it.

This easy to read (or browse) guide covers a multitude of subjects, from where to live, how to deal with roommates, best study habits, money issues, fashion concerns, hooking up, and studying abroad, to how to spend your free time, – and, yes, the bane of everyone’s existence – laundry.

HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR FRESHMAN YEAR is THE book to buy before making the plunge into your new life or the gift to give to your favorite graduating high school senior before he or she packs off to college.The book is chock full of real-world insights from hundreds of college students who have 'been there, done that' - and lived to share their wisdom. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars How to Survive Your Freshman Year
A strength of this work is that it provides practical strategies on how to make the transition from high school to college
with a minimum of wasted effort and expense.

College requires work regardless of how quickly you can grasp technical or easy to read presentations. There are research papers. Students have more lab work in the technical subject areas. Case studies require a solid commitment of time. Professors have different styles. Some design tests from the homeworks. Others design tests from case studies. Still others design highly competitive exams.
Grading schemes can vary. Some instructors grade by the strict bell curve. Others consider grading secondary. Some schools require strict attendance. Others simply don't care if the students do the work and perform well.

It is important to get good instructors/professors and to utilize them as a resource.
Individual study is important, but group participation can be helpful. It's important to talk to students who've had the same
instructors as you are assigned. Sometimes, it can be helpful to get the notes in advance. Students who aspire to be professional
athletes must manage their time. You can have a lot of fun in college but realize that you are there for an education.
It's important to complete the assigned homeworks and labs yourself because teachers usually formulate exams from this material.

Let's say that you're studying calculus.
The homework assignment involves a partial differentiation
of y x^3 on x. The answer of course is 3 y x^2. On an exam,
the instructor might ask you to do a partial differentiation
of y x^3 on y. The answer would be x^3.

It's important to do the homeworks methodically because similar
problems land on mid-terms and finals. In addition,
your focus on homeworks will save lots of time when it comes to
studying for exams. Homeworks are an important barometer of what
the professor considers important in the course. In addition, class notes can have important supplementary material not contained in the textbooks. Some instructors test the class notes heavily to penalize students who do not attend class
regularly or reward students with good attendance records.

Another dimension of college is paying for it. There are student
loans, full/partial scholarships and federal work study programs.
Some states have specific collegiate funding programs aimed at
college students. State funding can vary from outright grants to
scholarships to student loans. Many corporate entities fund college study as do private organizations and associations.
Some scholarships go begging for lack of applicants. It is important to research and apply for as many college scholarships and financial benefits as time permits. Do not assume that your
grades or SAT scores disqualify you from getting a college
scholarship. Some scholarships are awarded simply on the basis
of providing funding to needy students or students who might have
difficulty in paying for college without the scholarship assistance. In other situations, no-one may have applied and your application may be the only one up for consideration. By simply applying and meeting a minimum threshold-you may get the scholarship award.

College is perhaps your last opportunity to explore areas of
interest prior to entering the world of work. This work
is a solid investment because it teaches how to utilize the
college experience to your maximum career advantage.

5-0 out of 5 stars best cultural introduction
My niece is starting college in the states next fall and was very scared because she could not imagine how college life would be in another country. After she read the book, she feels much more comfortable with her year in America. It gave her a sense of college sub-culture and life in a fun way.

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome book for all incoming freshmen!
This book includes great, honest insight. It's perfect for every incoming freshman who is even the least bit apprehensive to start college. I wish I had read it last year when I was a high school senior... I'd have been a lot more prepared! (Great grad gift idea)!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great gift book
I bought this book for my niece when she visited as part of a pre-freshman trip to her two top colleges. She read it cover to cover, alternately chuckling, sighing, and saying "I can't wait." The book was a huge hit. It's funny, poignant, and dead-on accurate.

5-0 out of 5 stars What to buy for the soon to be highschool grad
This book gets it right. Colege kids talking to others soon to be in their shoes. I didn't agree with all the advice - ok - so my college days were decades ago - but I felt the honesty and helpful spirit of each entry. The format makes sense - the topics are relevant - its a book that will be used before and way after freshman year.
Unless you are the kind that thinks that only parental advice is worthwhile - this is a great senior year - freshman year find. ... Read more

4. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2005 (Fiske Guide to Colleges)
by Edward Fiske
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Asin: 1402202296
Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
Publisher: Sourcebooks
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This annual guide to more than 330 colleges and universities has been the indispensable source of information for thousands of students, parents and counselors. It offers the perfect blend of statistical academic information and more personal descriptions of the campus cultures and lifestyles of each school. Fully revised and updated, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2005 includes everything anxious students and their parents want and need to know. ... Read more

5. The Naked Roommate: And 100 Other Issues You'll Encounter In College
by Harlan, Cohen, Harlan Cohen
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6. Peterson's Four-Year Colleges: 2005 (Peterson's Four Year Colleges)
by Petersons
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Publisher: Peterson's
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This valuable resource includes information on every accredited four-year undergraduate institution in the U.S. and Canada—more than 2,100 institutions all-together! It also includes detailed two-page descriptions written by admissions personnel for nearly 1,000 colleges. College bound students and their parents will be able to research colleges and universities in regards to setting; enrollment; entrance level; academic programs and degrees awarded; entrance requirements and application procedures; tuition, fees, and housing costs; student/faculty ratios and campus life; and contact information. ... Read more

7. Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: College
by Joshua Piven, David Borgenicht, Jennifer Worick, Brenda Brown
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Publisher: Chronicle Books
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The college years are a time of noble pursuit of knowledge, self-betterment -- and unending peril! Students are at risk from the moment they receive their acceptance letters. Fortunately, the authors of the phenomenally best-selling Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series have come to the rescue, offering all-new, hands-on, step-by-step instructions for surviving the worst that higher education has to offer, on campus and off. Learn how to identify a party school, engineer a hookup, survive "the spins," and escape a stadium riot. Discover the best way to sleep in class, pass a test you haven't studied for, avoid the "freshman fifteen," and pull an all-nighter. With practical advice for avoiding laundry and identifying unsafe institutional food, along with an appendix of excuses for missed deadlines and a back-up diploma, this is truly required reading for all college students -- and a perfect high school graduation present. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Most useful; Most enoyable
Hysterical and practical! The book was easy to read and actually has come in handy in the crazy years of college

4-0 out of 5 stars What teachers' don't tell you.
I felt this book was a fairly quick read. I read it in one night.
Its funny, and gives you many good tips from how to choose the perfect mattress to how to avoid the walk of shame.
A lot of it were some good points how to know if your school is right for you, when are the best days for visiting.
If you were to read this book I would reccommend spending an hour at Barnes and Nobles and reading. I mean its good, but that $14 could have been spent somewhere else. ... Read more

8. Law School Confidential (Revised Edition): A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience: By Students, for Students
by Robert H. Miller
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Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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Law School Confidential is written for students about to embark on this three-year odyssey by students who have successfully survived. It demystifies the life-altering thrill ride that defines an American legal education by providing a comprehensive, blow-by-blow, chronological account of what to expect. It arms students with a thorough overview of the contemporary law school experience. This isn't the advice of graying professors or battle-scarred practitioners decades removed from law school. Miller has assembled a panel of recent graduates to act as "mentors", all of whom are perfectly positioned to shed light on what law school is like today. From taking the LSAT, to securing financial aid, to navigating the notorious first semester, to taking exams, to applying for summer internships, to getting on the law review, to tackling the bar and beyond...this book explains it all.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A helpful guide to any prospective law school student
I first picked up Law School Confidential in the summer before my senior year of college to get advice about the dreadful law school application process. Being the first in my family to go to law school, and without personally knowing any professionals in the law world, I was quite anxious about what to stress in my personal statement, what impresses admissions committees, and how choose which schools to apply to. I found straightforward and helpful suggestions in this book. By the time I was done applying to schools, my copy of the text was filled with sticky notes marking off bits of advice I thought were especially helpful. I even used Miller's outline of a good personal statement to jumpstart my own essay.

More than that, however, Law School Confidential has followed me through my law school experience. After completing my applications, I revisited the book in order to get some advice on where I should actually enroll. Miller presents the reader with an enlightening method of sorting out what school provides one with a best fit, along with realistic accounts of a law school student's debts.

In addition, as a future IL, I also had concerns about what to expect in school in September. Once again I consulted Law School Confidential. Along with taking me through the application process, Miller's book reveals what to expect in the first, second, and third years at law school. Among the many topics discussed are classroom subjects, how to secure internships, and ways to study that have worked well for previous students. I plan to be attending a competitive law school in the fall, and reading Miller's book has made me feel much more confident about what to expect, how to react, and how I will succeed in my schooling and future career.

This book truly is a complete guide to the law school experience. While those simply considering law school will learn from this book whether or not this route is for them, I highly recommend Law School Confidential to all serious pre-law students. Even if you're at the end of the application process, Miller's offers great advise for how to survive the three years you'll spend in law school. However, if you're lucky enough to discover this title before you start applying, read through to find invaluable advise on the application process and give yourself the best possible chance to get into the school of your choice.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice broad overview...not too much substance
First I have to say I have not yet been to law school so my comments must be taken with that in mind. By saying that, I have no basis to make absolute comments about the tips noted in the book, however, I can compare the book with others I have read.

It seems that Mr. Miller and his fellow writers have attempted to fit the entire law school process in one book. This is not easy to do. I felt that coverage of specific classes, briefing cases, and exams were left behind. They do not go in depth into these areas. However, if you are looking for a book that will describe the general atmosphere, notetaking, the job search, and the admissions criteria, this book does a more than adequate job of hitting these points.

I was especially fond of the processes to attain associateships. I do not know if these tactics will work, but he went more in depth on these subjects than any other author. He also does a good job of scaring the reader into taking law school seriously. maybe some do not like the war analogy. I , however, would rather be over-prepared than under-prepared and this book kind of helped me to think of law school as different than undergrad. In many ways, this was the kind of push I needed.

In conclusion, if you want a book with substantive resources about classes and outlining, I would recommend to keep looking. If you want an easy to read book that will give a broad overview of the entire law school experience, then this book is for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the better law school prep books...
I have bought way too many of law school preparation guides. Most of them are in a pile on my floor, but this is the one I keep picking up over and over. The advice is straighforward and doesn't try to sugarcoat issues about getting in and all three years of law school, it tells it like it is. The panel is an interesting representation of all types of students from all types of schools.
All in all highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but to be more persuasive, see Keith Evans' book
Miller's book is good for describing law school. But if you want to learn how a great trial lawyer thinks, anyone who wants to be an excellent advocate should also read Keith Evan's "Common Sense Rules of Advocacy for Lawyers."

Mr. Evans tried hundreds of jury trials as a trial lawyer in California for many years, after a decade as a barrister in England. He also taught as an adjunct law professor and gave many presentations to American Inns of Court.

More information about Evans' book is available on its web site: or search Amazon for ISBN 1587330059

If you want to be a excellent advocate, you should buy "Common Sense Rules of Advocacy for Lawyers." If you want to know what law school is about, buy "Law School Confidential". If you know you're going to law school, be prepared and get both.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredibly expansive and helpful.
I purchased this book after reading dozens of reviews on LSC and the other popular law school prep books. I have been completely satisfied with my choice.
This book begins with presenting the common reasons for going to law school and continues through the entire process, including the job interviews. I have found the sections describing what to do the summer before law school begins and what each of the first year classes is basically about very helpful as I prepare to begin law school this fall. While I had already received answers from law schools by the time I began reading this book, I found the interview with a law school dean helpful because it encouraged me to keep in contact with those schools that had placed me on their waiting list.
Overall, this book has covered every aspect of law school I had wanted to know about, and many more that I hadn't even considered. I gave this book to a good friend who's beginning law school with me this fall, and encouraged others to read it as well. ... Read more

9. The Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College (Fiske Guide to Getting Into the Right College)
by Edward B. Fiske, Bruce G. Hammond
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This revised, updated edition of the ultimate admissions guidebook shows you how to get into the college of your choice.A complement to The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2003, this volume takes students and parents step-by-step through the college admission process.

It tells you:
How to choose the right college
How to get off a waiting list and into the "accepted" ranks
How to write winning essays
How admissions offices really rank applicants
How to interview successfully
How to construct a successful application
How to get the most financial aid

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The Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College examines the pros and cons of getting into the most prestigious schools and explains the increasing selectivity students may encounter at admissions offices. As well, college-bound students, parents and guidance counselors will benefit from a revised discussion of the role of athletics in the admissions process, what athletes must do to win scholarships, and a discussion of alternatives to college. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best all-in-one college guide on the market
Let me depict the most outstanding features of this book by the worth of dollar amount to the students and the parents:
1) Chapter 6 - list of colleges - worths at least $20,000 dollars. The discriptions of the colleges are right on the target. It takes years of experiences and observations on each college to be able to provide such succinct descriptions.
2) Chapter 1 - concerning liberal arts education - worths at least $10,000. Liberal arts education is the true enabling education for everyone, whether you are a humanities or science major.
3) Chapter 2 - Sizing-Yourself-Up survey - worths at least $10,000 dollars, especially p. 14 -- p.17, which explains the results of the survey. When you have answered this survey honestly, you can then proceed to find the colleges that match you. This will save you not only months or years of wasted youth (when you are in wrong institutions or majors), but also tons of money. Much more importantly, This chapter emphasized the most important concept in this book: College searching is a matching process. You are not begging the colleges to accept you. You trying to find the ones that match you.
4) Chapter 7 - Where to Learn More - worths at least $2,000 dollars. The authors provide a good brief description for each college guide publication.

The other chapters in this book are good, but you can find them in other college guides. So, in this sense, they are not unique.

Having read through a lot of college guides and done a lot of research on colleges, I can say that this is an excellent, top-notch college guide. This is an excellent all-in-one college guide. The value of this book far exceeds its price. Highly recommended!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Get this for your college bound child
This book is a waelth of important information. I am sick of college rankings and this book is the antidote. It lists colleges according to the types of schools they are, their competitiveness, and their stregnths in various academic areas. This is much more useful than trying to determine which school is number 1 as opposed to numver 8. I really think that the way this section is presented can really help a student focus on which colleges he/she may want to investigate for a possible application.

There is good information on applications, interviews, finances, determining which colleges to appl;y to etc. An important decision a student must make is whether to apply early decision. This book is very helpful in understanding the early decision process and in detremining whether this woul;d be the best strategy in an individual case. SATs, ACT and preparation before taking the tests are covered. I highly reccomend this very useful handbook.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Reference to Begin the College Hunt
This is a good, short guide to US colleges.

Many of us parents may not want to admit that our college hunting began with a book that offers snippy little "bytes" about schools, and categorizes them under titles like "other well-known universities" but this book sure is helpful in the initial sorting process. Especially good if the student has no access to a college / guidance counsellor.

We started with this book, & ended up referring to it again and again. But other useful college selection publications are the annual Kaplan Newsweek college selection issue (out in summer), Colleges That Change Lives (Pope), and the ultra-conservative Choosing the Right College by William J. Bennett. (Latter is very useful even to Leftists because he evaluates schools for their political tendencies... a very good read)!

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read, if your serious about finding a good fit.
I've found "The Fisk Guide to getting into the Right College" the best college guide around and I've read them all. It takes you step by step through the intire college sellection process. The emphesis is on "The Right College" not the the most presitigious or the biggest. I especially liked the sections titled, "The Case for Small Colleges", "Public vs Private", and "Best Kept Secrets". The section on financial aid is particularly helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
I liked this book because it includes short write-ups on the colleges in addtioni to information on the admission process. Very helpful for generating some initial ideas on where to apply. ... Read more

10. 100 Successful College Application Essays
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These are the essays that helped their authors gain admission to Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, Wellesley, Colby, and other outstanding schools-followed by invaluable comments by experts in admissions, placement, and college counseling at some of the best learning institutions around the country. This helpful guide includes:

€ 100 complete essays with professional commentary
€ Examples of essays on common topics (family background, athletics, work experience), as well as the more offbeat
€ Essays on the immigrant experience by foreign-born students
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2-0 out of 5 stars Reality
This book has lots of college essays that could be used for reference when writing an college essay. However, it's too concentrated on Ivy League schools and not other competitive schools. The comments that are suppose to be reviewed by college counselors and admissions officers are poor. Most of them just explains that they are creative. It does not comment much on how the author should redo or learn from their mistakes and do this thing. Not as informative as they claim to be.

5-0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK!
Before I bought this book I thought my essay was pretty good until I bought this book. Then I knew that I could make my essay even better just by just following the essays in the book. I didn't even think I needed to get a guide book for my essay because I thought it was pretty good already without help from an essay book. But apparently this book worked really good because I did not get deferred from college! I got into my first choice just by using this book and I recommend it to anyone even to those who do not think they need a guide book for their essays because they think their essays are already pretty good like I thought mine was.


5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book is simply amazing. Thanks to this book, I'm now studying neurology at Harvard. As a matter of fact, I'm in my room and I decided to look for things that would bring back pre-college memories when I came across this one. It helped me a lot with my essay and I know some of the people that wrote it. They are pretty good at what they do. If you want to get into a good college and hate looking at that blank piece of paper, then this is the book for you.

1-0 out of 5 stars uninventive and most unhelpful
There are a few gems here, but for the most part, these essays are the same well-written but dry, uninventive slop every other high school senior dribbles out: how the abroad student haf a Life Changing Experience! how an athlete Crossed the Finish Line! how when pet Fluffly croaked it was a Formative Experience! If you really want insight into how to write a well-crafted, unique essay, with sounds suggestions, seek out the great book by Harry Bauld.

3-0 out of 5 stars Varied College Essays
I purchased 3 College Essay books (100 Successful College Application Essays, 50 Successful Harvard Application Essays, and Essays That Worked), and have the following comments... I believe that the Harvard book has the best suggestions on how to write an essay, along with the best commentary/critique. However, the essays are a bit too polished. I think for 90% of prospective college students, their essays would be more like those in and patterned like those in Essays That Worked. For varied ideas on essays, the 100 Successful book gives some good ideas, but I believe many of the essays to be subpar. I did each book to have some interesting general reading, especially if one likes "short stories"... or if one is interested in 17 & 18 year olds, and what goes thru their minds. ... Read more

11. Colleges for Students With Learning Disabilities or Add (Peterson's Colleges With Programs for Students With Learning Disabilities Or Attention Deficit Disorders)
by Petersons
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Comprehensive guide to more than 750 institutions in the U.S. and Canada that offer programs for special needs students. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very Useful
This book has a lot of information, much more than I expected. Another book, the K&W Guide to Collegesfor Students with Disabilities, was not useful at all.

I wish this book came with a CD or online search tool so you could search on specifics, but it has a good index. ... Read more

12. How to Choose a College Major
by Linda Landis Andrews
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How to Choose a College Major Learn how to weigh the pros and cons of potential majors and their corresponding careers. Includes interviews, statistical data, worksheets, where to get professional guidance, and 21st century trends. ... Read more

13. A Is for Admission : The Insider's Guide to Getting into the Ivy League and Other Top Colleges
by Michele A. Hernández
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3-0 out of 5 stars A book that reveals the mystery of the admissions process
Michele Hernandez's book, "A Is for Admission," is a great piece of literature that gives high school students the opportunity to test their chances at a very selective institutions in the US. Being a high school senior actively involved in the process of application filling and essay writing, this book serves as the perfect guide to aid every part of the process. "A is for Admission" also provides the applicant with the most closely guarded secrets of the IVY Leaugue, such as the Admissions Index, the truth about legacies and minority recruitment. Beside the fact that Hernandez's writing sometimes seem a bit mediocre for her level of education, this book provided me with the utmost satisfaction and I'll never regret buying it.

5-0 out of 5 stars College Admission Secrets Revealed
This book claims to reveal admission secrets of the ivy league colleges, such as the so called "Academic Index" they use in evaluating an applicant's academic strength. Although most of the "secrets" do sound convincing, whether the they are definitely true or not, I do not know. Nontheless, the book contains plenty of useful and valuable tips on college application process which make it almost a MUST buy for a high schooler shooting for the top colleges in the nation. Some informations are slightly outdated.

5-0 out of 5 stars Let us read the GOOD book
This book is a must read for high school students or even jr high kids who want to have a vice grip on their college admissions. As a high school senior who read this after most of my applications were already turned in, I realized there was so much I could have done to organize my entire high school career and even stuff I could have done in jr. high to streamline the college admissions process. I've made lots of mistakes but after reading this, I understand better what colleges are looking for.

For all of those hopeful prospective college students, best wishes.

For the best book on writing college essays and writing in general, another bible to get is, On Writing the College Application Essay by Harry Bauld. The most unique way to shine above the tens of thousands of applicants is your essay. Take heed and delve into the wisdom of this book.

For the actual steps in handling an actual college application with meticulous detail that goes far beyond the general guidelines, also get Michele's Acing the College Application. Having an excellent academics and passions is worthless if you can't present it in an attractive manner. That's what this book is for.

5-0 out of 5 stars Demystifying, informative look at the application process
College applications are a mystifying process. With directions often never exceeding a sentence or two, students are often left with the question "Well, what exactly DO they want from me?" Well, this book tells you.

Mrs. Hernandez's brutally honest look into the application process lays everything out crystal clear for the reader to see. As they say, knowing is half the battle, and knowing how top colleges look at your application let you tailor your application so that the best qualities of you are shown. It also offers plenty of good advice on what to do if you're a NKB (Nice kid, but...) and aren't one of those people with a 1600 and have published their own bestselling novel.

The only warning I would have is that college admissions has gotten exponentially harder over the past 5 years since this book was published, and what is said in the book about Academic 7, 8 and 9's (i.e. the most academically qualified)isn't as true as it was five years ago. Current academic 7 8 9's would do well to take a look at the advice given to 4, 5, 6's as nothing is guaranteed in today's crapshoot that we call college admissions. Particularly, I feel the essay has become more and more important in differentiating between top qualified students.

Parents ought to start reading this book before their kid is in high school, so they can sort of guide their children in the right direction, but please please PLEASE don't give this book to kids until the start of their summer before senior year. I would shudder to think of a kid whose entire four years of high school were spent scheming about how to get into Harvard; high school is simply not a stepping stone into college, it's a time of learning to be taken in it's own right.

Overall, this was truly a wonderful book written in a straightforward, easily readable fashion that did loads for me in taking much of the guesswork out of college apps. Combine this with Harry Bauld's book on writing the college essay to truly make your application stand out. Also, if you plan on doing the Common Application, check out her other book on the Common Application. I haven't read it, but any little advantage you can get will only help you into getting into your first choice school.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
I am an assiduous student who is working to get into Princeton University. This book is mostly for those wanting into Dartmouth, but it can surely be applied to other colleges as well. The thing that was best was an explanation of the AI (Academic Index). Ms. Hernandez, however, was a less than adequate writer. Her writing was not very good, as is testified by other reviewers before me. Still, it was a good book, well worth 4 stars. ... Read more

14. Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools You Should Know About Even If You're Not a Straight-A Student
by Loren Pope
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In this revised and expanded guide, College Placement Bureau Director Loren Pope profiles forty colleges that excel at developing potential, values, initiative, and risk--taking in a wide range of students. This new edition includes a revised group of colleges and for the first time addresses the issues of home schooling, learning disabilities, and single--sex education. Pope encourages students to be hard--nosed consumers when visiting colleges, and shows how the college experience can enrich every young person's life, whether they are "A," "B," or "C" students.

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• Evaluations of each school's program and "personality"
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Information on what happens to the graduates and what they think of their college experience.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent unconventional wisdom!
This book was a key factor in college selection for our seventh child to attend college. Without it, she would probably be at a top-name university which is best suited for graduate students, and not the community of learning of a small liberal arts school. What's more, she was offered merit scholarships (not need-based) from 7 of 8 of the schools on Pope's list to which she applied. (The so-called "top" universities give very few merit-based scholarships). She is in her second year at the College of Wooster, and I believe that she is happier and receiving a better college experience than she would have at Duke, where she was also accepted. The only drawbacks are that very few have heard of these schools, and the nearly-universal "conventional wisdom" fails to recognize the important truths that Loren Pope's books explain. His book "Looking Beyond the Ivies," was also helpful. This book may turn your college search upside down!

5-0 out of 5 stars Vital to the inspired student
This book is a guide to extraordinary colleges for extraordinary students. The schools are for those gifted in more (or other) ways than just getting good grades. The amazing thing is that these schools are also for ANYONE. I believe they all accept over 1/2 those who apply, and in most cases "accepting" doen't just mean matriculation, but acceptence into the community as a respected human being. "Hazing" of any form doesn't fit in most of these communities, because it does not respect the new community member. (USMA is a great school. How welcome would be a person who refused to bear arms? Would they be willing to abandon hazing?)

These colleges help the students develop more than their knowledge. They help them develop their understanding, their wisdom, and their hearts. We forget that there can be much more to a college education than the coursework and the degree, and when we do so we invite things like the cheating scandal that wracked otherwise excellent institution of USMA (West Point).

Guilford and Marlboro are legendary in their ability to help students develop. St. Olaf, Ursinus and Earlham are extraordinary places as well. How many students know of their secrets, or have even heard of them? Far too few. If you know a young person who wants to be more than a cog in the machine, give them this book so that they may be among the few who Know.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not essential
I debated between 2 stars and 3 stars, and eventually settled on three with some reservations:

1. This book works great as a supplement to several others, NOT as a stand-alone book. The profiles are good, though a little repetitive. Can it be true that EVERY student Mr. Pope talked to loved his or her college as much as it seems? The other material in this book is not in-depth enough to justify using it as a primary source. Note: The back cover promises a discussion on how to get financial aid, but such a discussion doesn't exist (at least I couldn't find it). Maybe this discussion was buried in some of the profiles that I didn't read -- there was only one short paragraph on financial aid in the general information part of the book. Basically, "don't worry, it's a great investment and these schools will give you as much aid as they possibly can." Thanks, but for some people a good public university may be a better fit and a better investment.

2. Mr. Pope is very upfront with his small-school bias, but I have a hard time believing that small liberal arts schools are best for everybody. He would have you believe this, and it just isn't true. Frankly, if his comment in the book that he "almost never" recommends school with over 5000 students to his clients is true, then I think he is doing a disservice to his clients.

With those caveats in mind, the book does provide solid reasons for why Mr. Pope is so gung-ho on these schools. It's a good book to have to counter-balance the "Get Into An Ivy League School or Die Trying" guides that flood the market.

It's a quick read, so do yourself a favor and buy it (or better yet borrow a copy from a Guidance Office) in order to find some schools you or your children haven't thought of, but use it along with something like "Harvard Schmarvard" by Jay Matthews for a more balanced view.

2-0 out of 5 stars Creative recommendation but obsolete data
This is a sequel to the author's first book: "Looking Beyond the Ivy League." It has the same qualities and flaws as the first book. This list of colleges gives you a great incentive to explore small liberal arts colleges not only back East but all over the country. That is a good thing.

On the other hand, some of his information is out of date. Out of the 40 recommended colleges, I found myself screening out 20 of them because of either low freshman retention rate, low graduation rate, and low percentage of graduates going on to graduate schools. In other words, half of these recommended schools are actually poor college educational performers. This is obviously way too high a failure percentage (50%) to give this book any higher rating than I have.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Anyone Thinking About College
This book has really opened up our college search. I was against smaller schools (under 5000) for my son Bill who is on track to be his high school class valedictorian despite some severe learning disabilites he has learned to compensate for. He loves to be challenged mentally and physically. Bill looks forward have stimulating interactions with new faces, wants to take advantage of a study abroad program and wishes to play tennis at the collegiate level. Oh, and he would like it to be somewhere warm preferably Florida.
I strongly encouraged that he go with a division III school. A division III school offers no athletic scholarships but usually offers attractive merit scholarships. They emphasize the students academic growth with a strong competive athletic atmosphere being secondary.
I began my search by going to the NCAA website, looking for participating schools with strong tennis records. Then I checked out the individual schools websites looking for a good personal match. While on the road visiting Rollins and Emory we spent a few hours in a book store. I had sellected a very large stack of books on the college process. Auspiciously Loren Pope's book was one which I pulled off the shelf to look over. It is quite a bit smaller in stature than most books found in the college guide section but has turned out to be by far the most informative, readable book I have spent time with so far. I believe in serendipity. We just happened into the store in Ocala FL, smaller than the store we usually go to at home. I have not seen this title on the shelves at our local store.
I have invested in quite a college resource library which I plan to donate to Bill's High School when we have completed out search, this book is one which I will have to buy additional copy because I can't let go of this one. It has become well worn like the Velveteen Rabbit with my notes throughout. So many of the Division II and III tennis schools I found listed on the NCAA website are listed in this book. I have found myself looking over schools listed throughout the book looking for other matches for other kids we know.
The book immediatley caught my attention with it's "You Don't Know as Much as You Think You Do" section. Loren Pope provides thought provoking commentary on common misconceptions made by college bound students and their families. I doubt there is a very high percentage of families who have been exposed to more than a handful of colleges and what they have to offer. I have totally revised my opinion on the size school and the "Brand Name" education doesn't necessarily equal the quality of higher education desired by my son.
My son thrives on new experiences. This book has educated us on what is out there and what types of things we want to look for and consider when making the ultimate decision. We knew in an abstract way what Bill wanted to get out of college but this book was able to help us define our search.
This book is very readable. Colleges are broken down by region with only 6 to 10 pages of descriptions gained from interviews with staff and students during visits. There are usually several comparisons to different schools within the section. The author has an extensive background and expertise in guiding prospective students.
I will continue to recommend this book to everyone I get into a college discussion with. It is at the top of my gift giving list.
I hate to say this but this book makes a person think out of the typical college search box. ... Read more

15. The Everything College Survival Book; From Social Life to Study Skills-Everything You Need To Know To Fit Right In-Before You're a Senior!
by Jason Rich
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The Perfect Graduation Gift!

The Everything College Survival Book covers every major issue an incoming freshman should know about the college experience. Roommates. Financial Aid. Fraternities and Sororities. Studying for exams. It's all here. This book is designed to make the transition into college as smooth as possible.

Whether you need some helpful hints on how to bring home the A's or want to know where to go on a romantic date, The Everything College Survival Book will show you the way. This fun, informative book answers all your questions and highlights the major aspects of college life.

Whether you're just graduating from high school or getting ready to pack the car for the big move, The Everything College Survival Book is the ultimate resource for answering your questions and turning your concerns about college into excitement. Take the stress out of planning for college and let The Everything College Survival Bookmake the transition a smooth and memorable one! ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars A Factory Written Book
Honestly, as college books go, this one is ok. It really does not tell you * everything* about college. It really is just another book that fills a hole in the publisher's catalog. There is an "Everything" book on almost every topic possible. Would you really want to purchase a book on a specific subject matter from a company that also makes books on such topics as Wine Tastings, and An Art Appreciation?

This book will teach you the basics, nothing more. If you really want your college freshmen to get the meat and potatoes of the experience you would be better served buying them:

* Confessions of a College Freshman: A Survival Guide for Dorm Life, Biology Lab, the Cafeteria, and Other First-Year Adventures
(ISBN: 1589196600)

* College 101: The Books Your College Does Not Want You To Read (ISBN: 0966412206)

These two books, although from two different perspectives, give an honest first person point-of-view of what a college freshman should expect. The emphasis here is on "learn from my mistakes" not "my publisher asked me to write a how-to guide for the college market, since my how-to guide on growing vegetables was so successful"

Besides, College 101 is universally despised by campus bookstore clerks across the country. That has to be a fantastic endorsement! :-)

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay but not the best out there
The book covered all the basic topics but it was very simple. It did not offer me any real advice but simply an overview of the college experience. The book was ugly to read and too simple. If someone has absolutely no idea what to expect in college then this book is a good start but otherwise people should shop for something else. I don't think it worth too much of anyones time or money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for tips throughout your college years..
I bought this book a couple of months ago so that I could have something to read about college life and to help me when I get there. This book has everything you need. From directions on doing laundry, to research paper help,to greek life and to spring break tips, this book is a must have for any upcoming college freshman. I truly urge you to buy it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Useful Information Here
There is a lot of useful info here. Most of it could probably be found in other places though. The one gripe is there's a lot of stuff that seems to be an ad for something. Also, sections such as the 'amusement park' and 'spring break' ones are basically a list of "What has good name recognition", making no effort to point out places that are actually good. Of course, that is just a small part of this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm glad that I had this book as a freshman.
From silly things like laundry, to really smart things like when to study and when to party, and am very glad I had this book when I walked in my dorm. ... Read more

16. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That's Right for You
by Loren Pope
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3-0 out of 5 stars Contrarian View of Higher Education
Although I am many years removed from college and I do not have any college-bound children (yet!), I picked up this book mainly because of the title. You see, I am the product of an Ivy-League education, and I was curious to see what he had to say about my alma mater and other schools like it. Overall, I thought the book was thoughtful and had a lot of interesting things to say.

The author's premise is that people often choose colleges based superficial things like "status" and "prestiege" and ignore those aspects of a school that are really important. He suggests that parents and students should consider things like the size, the academic environment, and the school's commitment to an undergraduate education. He also contends that many, if not most, of the "brand-name" schools fail in this regard. So far, I am sympathetic to this argument. Students needs to choose a school because it is "right" of them, and not because of its status. I have seen how parents and students fixate on a particular school because of its name and reputation without thinking about whether the school is really "right" for the student.

However, he goes on to suggest that smaller, off-the-beaten-track liberal arts schools best meet the needs of students. This seems to contradict his initial premise that students should choose the school that is right for them. While the small, liberal arts environment might be suitable for some students, others might feel limited by its size and scope. As someone who studied engineering as an undergraduate, there is no way that a pure liberal arts environment would have satisfied my needs.

I hope that readers "look beyond" the author's biases and take away the main message of the book: choosing a college is serious business, so make sure your choice is based upon sound reasoning.

5-0 out of 5 stars some new ideas to help you evaluate your college choices
Loren Pope encourages a solid liberal arts education and he introduces some worthy schools that are a little off the beaten path. He also gives his evaluation of many colleges that good students may be considering. His "twenty myths that can jinx your college choice" is priceless - do you think your college has to be larger than your high school? do you think you have to stay in the northeast to get a quality education? do you think your college has to be in or near a city? His answers will surprise you and open your mind to different alternatives. Try this book if you have been considering ivy league or little ivy type schools - he gives alternatives that may be better for you.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but contradictory
I read this book after reading Mr. Pope's other book, "Colleges that Change Lives". I think this is a much better book, particularly in giving more detailed information on selecting a college in general. The other book was very skimpy on general information and consisted primarily of college profiles.

I still have some issues with Mr. Pope's small (some might say tiny) school bias. At least here he provides more background as to why he believes what he believes. And the list of schools (though lacking in any depth), does contain a lot of larger (5000+) schools.

If nothing else, Mr. Pope's two books are important -- they were pretty much the first books to take on the "Ivy League or Bust" mentality that seemed to mushroom out of control in the 60's and 70's. For that alone he deserves praise -- just take some of his diatribes with a grain of salt.

1-0 out of 5 stars sappy little book
This is a sappy little book with a propagandistic quality to it. I resented buying it. I prefer Choosing the right College by the conservative outfit (published by Eerdman's, 2000) whose name I forget. I am not conservative, but they at least have a viewpoint. This is just mindless trash that reiterates whatever the school has told him.

Garbage for pumpkin heads.

3-0 out of 5 stars Profound concepts but outdated data
Mr. Pope has a contrarian philosophy of higher education based on his career long inside knowledge as a college counselor. In his view, Ivy leagues are way over rated. Their reputation is perpetrated by the college rankings of U.S. News. According to Mr. Pope, such rankings are almost irrelevant as they don't measure in any way the quality of education provided to the students by such schools. But, they reinforce the reputation of schools which drive up application numbers, which in turn allows these "top" schools to become increasingly selective, and further boosts their U.S. News ranking. For Mr. Pope this is a self reinforcing not so virtuous cycle.

Mr. Pope instead recommends to look at the multitude of excellent small liberal arts college located in the Midwest, South, and West that are not so well known. Because they are less well known, their respective acceptance rates are way higher than for their better known counterparts back East and the Ivy league. Yet, they often provide a just as good if not superior college education. Their professors are fully dedicated to teaching undergraduates. This is unlike in the Ivy league whose professors are more dedicated to research, publication, consulting, and PhD candidates.

The above concepts are really mind opening and powerful. Where Mr. Pope's book falls short, is that his data is more than 20 years out of date. This is difficult to overlook or forgive given that he "updated" his book in 1995, yet his data covers the period from 1951 to 1980. So, at the time of the book's second publication, this book's data was already 15 years out of date. One has to wonder why he did not bother to update the data. It would have made his book so much better.

With outdated data Mr. Pope inevitably makes many embarassing college recommendations. Many of the schools he is so crazy about, are now really poor educational performers that should have been screened out of any truly updated edition of this book. As an example, Antioch College in Ohio has a really poor freshman retention rate of 66%. This is the lowest freshman retention rate I have come across in my researching colleges. Similarly, in his other related book "Colleges that Change Lives" after doing some research, I screened out 20 of the 40 mentioned (or 50%) because of either low freshman retention rate, low graduation rate, and low percentage of graduates going on to graduate schools. ... Read more

17. College Handbook 2005 : All-new 42nd edition (College Handbook)
by College Board
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Asin: 0874477123
Catlog: Book (2004-08-16)
Publisher: College Board
Sales Rank: 20483
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The only guide to all 3,600 four-year and two-year colleges in the United States.

The College Handbook is the flagship of the College Board's authoritative line of annual directories.It is the ideal reference for students, parents, and professionals who need the most objective, accurate, and current information about American colleges and universities.The new edition has been completely updated with information from an annual survey of every accredited college in the United States.Entries for each college show their admissions requirements, deadlines, and acceptance rates; academic and extracurricular offerings; special facilities and student services; contact information; and much more.Special tables show policies, facts, and outcomes for Early Decision, Early Action, and Wait List applicants at hundreds of colleges.Clearly laid out entries and over 30 indexes make it easy to use for quick reference.
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18. 101 Things A College Girl Should Know
by Stephanie Edwards
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Asin: 0836210905
Catlog: Book (1996-04-01)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Sales Rank: 16654
Average Customer Review: 3.77 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Too Cute - No Substance
Honestly, this book is in love with its own cuteness. Not only is it tiny (yes, you get very little physical book for the money), it just isn't very helpful. I purchased this book as a graduation gift earlier this year, and decided not to give it. The pages are filled with absolute drivel. I bought an entire set of how to survive college books as part of a gift basket.

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* Confessions of a College Freshman (ISBN: 1589196600 ) - a good solid read with heart felt advice.

* College 101: The Book Your College Does Not Want You To Read (ISBN: 0966412206) The fact that college professionals panned it - should tell you something -- it is HONEST. Not to mention downright hilarious. The author holds back nothing! A very insightful author reveals the dirt on higher education.

* Been There, Should've Done That (ISBN: 0965608611) - just honest to goodness truth and common sense. Good practical advice, and well thought out. It is a quick, easy, but well worth reading book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid this book
Do yourself a favor and get yourself a real college hand book like "College 101 : The Book Your College Doesn't Want You to Read" instead of this one. "101 Things a College Girl Should Know" could have been written on a cocktail napkin, and probably was. The kinds of advice given here can be given better and cheaper as advice from a grandmother or mother, and probably ARE given better and cheaper by both grandmothers and mothers. While I'll give the book cute, it isn't $5.00 worth of cute, and when you go to college, cute isn't really what you need. You need facts. "College 101 : The Book Your College Doesn't Want You to Read" will give you those facts. This book, while giving you a few laughs will drain your pocket and leave you unprepared to face college.

2-0 out of 5 stars cute book, but...
This is a really cute book, but upon opening it the disappointment was great. It reminds me of those 101 things to do in a bathroom type of lists that are passed around in emails; the advices were THAT short and many were common sense, about 10 advices in the book actually were helpful but those would easily have been found in other books. If you're looking for a college prep guide, don't waste your money. If you just want a cute book to give as presents, then by all means...

5-0 out of 5 stars Cute alternative to greeting card!
Great little gift book. For a dollar or two more than a greeting card this little book was perfect to drop in the mail after receiving different graduation annoucements. Or to tuck a graduation check into like I did.

Concise, cute and worth the 5 bucks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cute alternative to greeting card!
Great little gift book. Perfect to drop in the mail after receiving different graduation annoucements. Or to tuck a graduation check into like I did. Concise, cute and worth the 5 bucks. ... Read more

19. Navigating Your Freshman Year : How to Make the Leap to College Life-and Land on Your Feet (Students Helping Students)
by Students Helping Students
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Asin: 073520392X
Catlog: Book (2005-04-05)
Publisher: Prentice Hall Press
Sales Rank: 64847
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The orientation sessions might tell freshman where the student union is-but only the true experts can offer the real lowdown on college life. From making peace with a difficult roommate to choosing the right classes, in this guide college students and recent grads tell freshman all they need to know to get through their first year with flying colors. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great resource
My mom got this book for me, so of course, I ignored it for a while. But then I actually picked it up and thought it was really helpful - some points the student authors make I didn't think about and I think will help me act like less of a dork when I am off to college in the fall.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally!
Finally, someone wrote a book about freshman year of college that is worth reading. It really covers all angles from academics to partying to roommates, etc. But what really works are all the quotes and stories by actual students mixed in. Every high school senior should read this. ... Read more

20. Guide to College Majors, 2005 Edition (Guide to College Majors)
by Princeton Review
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Asin: 0375764690
Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
Publisher: Princeton Review
Sales Rank: 1129599
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