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Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools You Should Know About Even If You're Not a Straight-A Student Rev Sub Edition

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YA-Pope discusses 40 colleges, mostly in the Northeast, South, and Midwest. What makes this book different from other guides is that it highlights schools that select students who have a wide range of abilities, not necessarily the cream of the crop academically, but who exhibit a desire to learn. The atmosphere at these institutions is collaborative rather than competitive and they feature close interaction between students and faculty. Antioch University, Grinnell College, Whitman College, and Goucher College are among the schools included. Overviews of academic standings, admission requirements, quotes by faculty and students, points of geographic interest, and strengths in relation to other schools are given for each selection.-Rebecca C. Burgee, Langley High School, McLean, VA

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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Smart and credible, this book might sway an 'A' student, too. -- The New York Times

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Rev Sub edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140296166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140296167
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Loren Pope, author of the acclaimed Colleges That Change Lives, has been writing about education since the 1950s. From 1965 to 2005 he ran the College Placement Bureau in Washington, D. C. to help families make informed, fruitful choices about higher education.

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198 of 205 people found the following review helpful By John H. Hwung on August 18, 2000
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I used to have herd mentality. I thought schools like Harvard, Yale and Stanford are the best. I moved to Northern California to get close to Stanford and Berkeley. Then, I read "Profscam" and "The Hollow Man" by Charles Sykes and I was greatly disappointed in our higher education (for more information also read "Tenured Radicals" and "Illiberal Education" by other authors). The Fisk's and USNews & World Report college guides mention none of the cancerous problems mentioned in Sykes' books.
The colleges metioned in this book "Colleges that change lives" do not have the problems mentioned in Sykes' books.
Now on the positive side, the 40 colleges profiled in this book are gems. Mr. Pope has done a great service for the parents, students, society and especially our country. He has done excellent research. He personally visited these campuses, some several times. Buy this book. Read it and tell your neighbors about it. Buy a copy for your children's high school counselors.
In this 2nd edition 3 colleges have been removed: Bard, Franklin & Marshall and Grinnell. Three are added: Ursinus, Agnes Scott and Wabash. Also added are 2 sections: one section for Learning Disabled and another for Homeschooler.
We all love our children and want to do our best for them. It is important to find out what their natural gifts and talents are. When they know what they are naturally gifted in they can make intelligent choice about what kind of college profiled in this book they should attend. Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation provides excellent methods in finding out what a person's natural talents are.
All in all, this book deserves 20 stars!!! The best collge guide there is. And never let a small volume fool you. It is packed with gems.
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141 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Bennet Goldberg on August 28, 2000
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Loren Pope's "Colleges That Change Lives" is arguably the best, and certainly one of the most influential, college guide books ever published in the U.S. Over the past five years its stature, along with that of its companion book,"Looking Beyond the Ivy League", has grown to the point that it is a "must read" for any college bound junior or senior, parents, and high school guidance counselors. Meticulously researched and beautifully argued, the message in "Colleges That Change Lives" about the continued developmental growth impact of certain types of liberal arts colleges even manages to supercede the excellent profiles of the specific 40 colleges in highlighted in the book. When my oldest son applied to college several years ago, he focused largely on colleges in the book, and we have all been very pleased with his progress at one of them (Denison). In that sense, the book itself has already helped change many lives.
That being said, the revised edition of the book is somewhat of a disappointment. Yes, three colleges have been changed (the dropped ones are now probably not accepting many students with less than A- averages, hence they no longer fit the strict definition implied by the book's subtitle!). And yes, there is a solid new chapter about ADD and learning disorder issues as they relate to these types of schools. BUT the rest of the updates are superficial, at best. Quotes from students and teachers that appeared in the first edition are still there. Mr. Pope's own insights and conclusions about the colleges are repeated verbatim. One gets the impression that he and/or the editors made some quick phone calls to the schools that Mr.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1998
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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!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Miami Bob on February 28, 2006
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As a parent of a senior, I became engulfed with the gossip and happenings of college admissions.

I may know more than the average person about the topic. I had applied to schools at various levels. My siblings had too. We had attended good to great schools. And, our father was a professor at two major universities -- those with ivy on their walls.

This book reminds me of that one clear day in my childhood when I thought my father was not nearly as dumb as my teenage attitude knew him to be, and I had the nerve to ask him, "Dad, where are the best students for your graduate studies coming from -- name the schools." He immediately spat out many of the small ivies in the northeast. I did not want that as my mother would be too close.

Then he said these strange words, "Grinnell, MacAllister, Carleton, U Chicago, Pomona, Pitzer, Occidental . . ."

I then saw the light -- I then knew he was not as dumb as all that.

This book takes some of those schools and many more of the great unknowns -- what some call the selected schools, not the selective. They are pearls. They are where Ph.D.'s go to teach. And the students, through that amazing nuturing process, mature to become much better minds than when they walked their first steps on the campus grounds.

These liberal arts schools epitomize the concept of higher education.

His simple advice -- the ivies (for undergraduate) are overrated and the schools in this book are HIGHLY underrated. Look at the schools in this book and think about applying to the few that match your personality.

You will not be disappointed.

And, it makes a great read for the busy body parents who are more into the college "thing" than their over-tested and over-questioned seniors.
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