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College Handbook 2012 (College Board College Handbook) [Paperback]

by The College Board
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Book Description

June 21, 2011 0874479673 978-0874479676 49
This is the only guide available that contains objective information on every accredited college in the United States—2,150 four-year colleges and universities, and 1,650 two-year community colleges and technical schools. With its clearly laid-out entries and more than 40 indexes, the College Handbook 2012 is the fastest, easiest way for students to narrow a college search and compare the schools that they’re interested in.

• targeted information for homeschooled students and students considering community college as an option

• useful features for black and Hispanic students

• tables of early-decision and wait-list outcomes show information that can’t be found in any other guide

• comprehensive listings of student services, majors, athletics, oncampusactivities, and campus computing

• planning calendar and worksheets help students organize their applications and stay on track

• purchasers qualify for a $10 discount on The Official SAT Online Course™, the only course offered by the test maker

• updated annually by a team of editors who verify information with each college—making the College Handbook 2012 the best college reference guide

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About the Author

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board is composed of more than 5,700 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves 7 million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,800 colleges through major programs and services in college readiness, college admission, guidance, assessment, financial aid, and enrollment. Among its widely recognized programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®), SpringBoard® and ACCUPLACER®.  The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities, and concerns.

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Product Details

  • Series: College Board College Handbook
  • Paperback: 2200 pages
  • Publisher: College Board; 49 edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874479673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874479676
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.2 x 2.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful college search tool July 13, 2011
This book is the best college search tool for high school students out there. The editors did a wonderful job collecting and verifying the data that is presented in this giant book. It lists important information: admissions criteria and dates, financial aid information and dates, sports, housing, enrollment numbers, location type (urban, suburban, etc), acceptance rates, graduation rates, accreditation, SAT/ACT requirements, tuition, majors (and most popular majors), student services and so much more! The data all comes directly from the various institutions and the government, so it is extremely accurate. Other publishers collect their information from various websites and are for-profit. The College Board is non-profit. However, I would recommend checking with the schools directly regarding important deadlines. Every guidance counselor and high school student should have this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good place to start the college search process August 2, 2011
"College Handbook 2012" (2291 pages) is one massive book. They should sell it by the pound! The premise of the book is quite simple: provide a short overview of the 2000+ 4 year colleges and the 1700+ 2 year colleges that grace our country. At that it succeeds, mostly. Most informative is the "freshman class profile" which includes (for most colleges) the key information of how many applicants, how many were admitted, and how many actually enrolled. It also includes the all-important tuition and room + board fees, but beware, those numbers are generally 1 or 2 years old, and so if you are looking at starting college in, say, Fall of 2012, these numbers are already outdated.

Because of the (literally) enormous size of this book, this is not particulary user-friendly. It's just HUGE. But it's a good starting point, up to a degree, simply to get a lay of the land of colleges. If your son or daughter simply wants to know what colleges are out there in his or her state (since most kids attend college in their home state), this is not a bad place to start as colleges are listed state by state. My daughter spent some, but not a whole lot, of time with this book (a few years ago), and quickly moved on to other books when she had a clearer idea of what colleges she was most interested in. In particular I'd recommed the Princeton Review's "best 376 colleges" book, the 2012 edition of which just came out, and which, if forced to choose, is the single most important college search book (assuming your child's college of interest is included in there).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The College Handbook - A must November 25, 2011
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This is my fourth time through this process. I wouldn't even begin without this book. A book this size may be intimidating for your student,but if you dig in, you'll find a wealth of information. I've purchased just about every college book around and this is still the best one to get you through the process.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Selecting A College For Me November 8, 2011
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The College Handbook for 2012 is the companion book that goes along with the
Book of Majors. What I like most is that the Handbook gives me details and up to date
information - tuition, room and board, SAT scores, percentile of students accepted.
It is always on and ready to give me the data I will need to make a good decision
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really much help January 22, 2012
By Wendy O
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I don't know what I was thinking, in the age of digital media. This would have been a great resource 20 years ago but no one needs it now if they have access to a computer. I bought it for my 11th grader, thinking it would be a help in the college search process. As she can get all the info she needs faster online, it's gathering dust. She looked at me pityingly when I handed it to her and then returned to the search software on her computer.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Guide for College Hunting October 5, 2011
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This is an awesome guide to help those clueless parents (myself included) who are trying to assist their child in the search for a compatible college. The details given in the Handbook are just enough to provide relevant information and not too overwhelming. I cannot imagine searching for colleges without this Handbook.
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