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Cool Colleges: For the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different Hardcover – August 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-1580081504 ISBN-10: 1580081509

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580081509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580081504
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Career consultant DONALD ASHER is a featured speaker at more than 100 colleges and universities every year, coast to coast. A columnist for MSN Encarta and contributor to the Wall Street Journal's CareerJournal.com and CollegeJournal.com, he divides his time between Nevada and San Francisco.


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Customer Reviews

If you're not sure where you fit in, get this book.
Cape Cod Living
Likewise, a college guide should tell us how much a college is going to do, educate, mentor and enable a student.
John H. Hwung
Text lends itself to reading in short segments, or one could settle in for a long read.
Carol_in_WV

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

102 of 106 people found the following review helpful By John H. Hwung on December 1, 2002
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Read this college guide togther with books such as "Colleges that Change Lives", "Beer and Circus", and "The Distinctive Colleges". You will see that the opinions expressed in this book is quite on the mark. This book should be regarded as a college guide to college guides. Plus, it tells you the representative colleges from each categories such as the scholarly colleges, the "great books" colleges, etc.
U.S. News and World Report's College Guide is pretty silly. It tells you how selective a college is. I.e., how good are the incoming students to each college. Well, we don't want to know how healthy are the patients that are admitted to a hospital. We want to know how much the hospital is going to do for a patient. Likewise, a college guide should tell us how much a college is going to do, educate, mentor and enable a student. Choosing a college is like buying a product. I want to know what that product will do for me, not how well I am.
Buy this book. It is highly recommended!
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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn K. of Hoagies' Gifted Education Page on October 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Cool Colleges is not only fun to read, it's full of the kind of information I wish I had when I was picking a college!
What's the difference between an Ivy League and the other top tier universities? How about the seven sisters? What schools invite young high school students to go to college instead? What are the top public colleges and universities in the country? Which colleges can you attend for free? What schools have the strongest educational environment (to the point of being called 'short' on social opportunities?)?
This book will answer these questions, and tons more. And best, it's FUN to read! I couldn't imagine a college selection guide being a "can't put it down" book... but this is one!
They aren't kidding in the subtitle: "for the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different." This book has colleges for all of those, and everyone else, too!
Plus lots of college application and life hints: don't take up the credit card companies on their card offers, and get into debt before you even get a job!, do write a good essay, but don't 'borrow' one from the Internet, which majors earn the most (but don't pick just for the money!), and more.
And there are even references to other Cool Books to read while selecting your college, including a good traditional college selection guide that lists more than just the basics, a good book to dispel the 20 greatest myths about college, and other good books to help you along the way.
Read Cool Colleges first!
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Balto Reader on August 31, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I considered giving it 3 stars, because it's mostly filler, but it was... well, "cool", and it provides a fresh perspective on colleges that might be quite valuable for some kids and their parents.
The author's basic concept is to look beyond the popular reputation of colleges and the "U.S. News" type of surveys. There are lots of essentially unknown places that would be very rewarding for the right kind of student. Some people are hung up on whether their friends have ever heard of the college; this book encourages people to get over that status-oriented thinking.
The college featured in this book that struck as unbelievably cool is Deep Springs, on a huge ranch in the high desert of Eastern California. The students (all 26 of them!) not only run the ranch, they also run the college... interviewing applicants for admission AND for faculty positions. It's only a 2-year school, and the students go on to top-tier schools (Ivies, Berkley, Swarthmore). And it's totally FREE!
But back to the book.... It's very disorganized (clearly intentionally so), and could have been pared down to less than 100 pages of actual content. Buy it if you are obsessive about college research (like me!), but borrow it if you have the opportunity.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly M. on February 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I own this book and I also had the honor of attending a lecture Donald Asher gave in Chicago. This book is for all of students out there who are un-conventional... perfect also for the ones out there who are thinking about going to a non-ivy league school.

Asher sums up some of the coolest colleges in the country that have departments to agriculture to writing... looking beyond the average SAT score or income of the student! He also tells you which colleges don't even care about the SATs and the ones that base more of their criteria on interests and the actual student than crunch numbers. I found this book very helpful and informative in making the decision of which schools to see and which not to. I also found helpful the list in the back of EVERY single acredited college in the U.S.A as well as some in Canada.

All in all this book is a must for all us out there who are looking for something more than snob or name appeal! Seniors BUY this one!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Don Barley on November 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is critical for students and their parents who are looking for a different college experience. Unfortunately, many schools, including the those with Ivy walls around them, are providing cookie-cutter educations. Yes, they have great names, but they are often not as challenging as some lesser known schools who have taken a unique approach to providing the superior educations.
For example, in this book you can learn about an Honors College at IUP, where kids who could never afford to attend an Ivy League school can get an Ivy-caliber education. With an astoundingly low student-teacher ratio, the kids coming out of this this Honors College have been challenged in a way most of us would envy.
Of course, without this book, you might never know that such a unique and rewarding educational experience even existed. Check it out and do something different with your college years.
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