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Choosing the Right College: 2008-2009: The Whole Truth about America's Top Schools Paperback – June 15, 2007


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  • Series: Choosing the Right College
  • Paperback: 1000 pages
  • Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute (June 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933859237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933859231
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,048,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maybe this was mentioned somewhere, but I didn't see it.
J. Klumpenhower
The book is written for those who desire to know how well these schools provide a classic liberal arts education, and is the best book out there for this purpose.
kegger
This college guide is hands down better than any guide I've seen.
K Michals

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. Klumpenhower on April 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was worried about this when I bought the book. It only gives reviews on about 130 colleges, leaving out all the ones my daughter was interested in--most of them being large, state universities. Maybe this was mentioned somewhere, but I didn't see it. It would be helpful if we knew which colleges were reviewed before buying.

FYI, these are the ones they review:

New England:
Amherst College
Bates College
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Brown University
Colby College
Connecticut College
Dartmouth College
Harvard University
College of the Holy Cross
MIT
Middlebury College
Mount Holyoke College
Providence College
Smith College
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts
Tufts University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Williams College
Yale University

Mid-Atlantic:
Bard College
Barnard College
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
Carnegie Mellon University
Catholic University of America
Colgate University
Columbia University
Cooper Union
Cornell University
Fordham University
Georgetown University
George Washington University
Gettysburg College
Grove City College
Hamilton College
Haverford College
Johns Hopkins University
Lafayette College
Lehigh University
New York University
University of Pennsylvania
Penn State
Princeton
University of Rochester
St.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K Michals on September 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
This college guide is hands down better than any guide I've seen. If actually getting an education rooted in a core curriculum is important to you, or knowing whethter or not the dorms your son or daughter will be living in have co-ed showers is something you might like to be aware of, than this guide stands alone in how it reviews schools. If the above (and so much more like it) is "conservative" or "Christian", than so be it. To me is just makes good sense. Choosing the Right College is an amazing resource.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Cheeks on September 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
An impressive guide for those about to get a "higher" education. This book will save you time, money, and a great deal of anxiety. Details the best colleges (i.e. those that actually seek to educate the student) and the best professors (i.e. those that actually seek to educate the student, as compared to those colleges and faculty that are determined to indoctrinate the student.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By kegger on October 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've been buying every edition of this book since it was first published in 1998. I've visited quite a few of the schools with my three kids, and have yet to have a significant disagreement with the reviews. The two schools I know best, Michigan and Notre Dame, are assessed very well.

The book is written for those who desire to know how well these schools provide a classic liberal arts education, and is the best book out there for this purpose.

Now, for an erratum in the "new evaluations" blurb above .....King's College in Halifax is NOT evaluated, but Tyndale University College in Toronto is.

Highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Lessley on December 7, 2007
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This book provides a superb review of what to expect after enrolling in most of the well known US colleges. The nature of the faculty, the student culture, academic expectations, campus atmosphere, graduation rates, housing, amenities and total costs and more are all covered in fascinating detail. Student and faculty comments are especially revealing. Its an entertaining and informative read and the perfect aid in selecting the right institution for todays student. Provides an even handed assessment of activism among faculty and students so that regardless of your preferences you will have a well informed description of what to expect. Indispensable for current high school graduates.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Davis on May 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent guide, because it analyzes the curricula of the universities or colleges, to determine whether or not, a true liberal arts education is being fostered. This guide offers insightful analysis and evaluation of the schools, beyond the obvious hype and mindless college summaries, common in the many other directories, such as "the students work hard, but also play hard". In addition, the book evaluates whether or not free speech and political tolerance is honored at the school for all shades of the political spectrum. In summation, this is a very helpful and useful guide to understand what is happening in the classrooms and on the campuses to promote true education and open dialogue or whether free speech is suppressed by a left-wing bias or by overly zealous professors bent on indoctrination and intimidation. There is no other guide on the market that addresses these important questions. One note, however, it is not a comprehensive guide and primarily only the better or well-know schools are evaluated.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve and Rhonda on October 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
Though this book seemed daunting at first, I have found the information it contained to give an eye-opening look into the universities covered. What you cannot see on a tour, nor gleen from the admissions department interview, can be concisely laid-out in a real world look through the book's eyes. It has saved our family time and money travelling to the many colleges we have considered based on name and reputation only. We are hoping for a broader, cleaner, safer, more intellectual path for our future college student and it is hard to permeate most college's showy exteriors to find the guts of the real educational show. This book is an invaluable tool.
My only disappointments with the book are that I would have liked a chart to concisely narrow down my reading rather than having to glut through all of the colleges. Also, pure whimsey, but I wish the book had covered even more colleges/universities than it did! Hardly possible.
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