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  • Library Binding: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-05-22; 2 Reprint edition (May 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435282418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435282414
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,989,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

* An in-depth look at the best-kept secrets in higher education for outstanding and unusual students, providing an insider's edge to getting accepted.
* Fully revised and updated with the most current information, including the latest on free colleges, the scoop on top-ranked institutions, and a new chapter on the rise of eco-schools. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

The book was informative and written in a style that was easy too read.
PHill
If you are serious about choosing a college that's a right fit for you, I would definitely recommend this book.
Lou B.
Asher describes the good, the bad and the ugly about each college reviewed in this book.
S. Cook

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Frederick S. Goethel VINE VOICE on June 22, 2007
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My daughter is starting the process of looking at colleges, so I am in the process of obtaining information about various colleges. As a somewhat unusual teen, with unusual tastes, I am particularly looking for colleges that are unique or off beat.

While this book does have some good information, it was difficult to find due to the incredibly poor layout. It was more like reading a catalog than a book about schools.

In addition, while many kids may not know about these schools, many others may. My daughter has been contacted by almost all of the colleges in the book that would interest her. How? By filling out the ACT and SAT questionnaires and letting the colleges that matched her desires find her.

My recommendation would be to check this out of the library or the guidance office and see if it might help you. If so, go ahead and buy it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth J. Sherburne on April 22, 2007
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I was all set to send myself to a small elite liberal arts college (and send my parents into a considerable amount of debt!), but this book made me think twice. Six years after I made the choice to attend one of the super-cool (and significantly cheaper) niche programs recommended by Asher, I have nothing but positive things to say about my undergraduate experience. The quality of my education was comparable to that of my friends who went to elite schools, but my satisfaction with my overall college experience far exceeds theirs.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joey Joe Joe Jr. Shabadoo on May 29, 2007
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While Asher's advice and opinion may seem a bit heavy-handed or biased to some, he does provide a unique perspective about the college experience, from admissions all the way to post-graduation. The author went beyond the usual "K.Y.O.O.T." principle (Keep Your Options Open, Tiger) and described some pretty unique individual schools and programs. Most notably, he gives mention to the Robert E. Cook Honors College, a program about which people in some higher-level institutions are beginning to speak with respect and admiration. I would recommend this book to any college-bound student who may want to look beyond the usual horizons and try something different.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Contrarian on February 14, 2012
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... this book is actually rather difficult to read. Its layout is exceedingly non-linear, and tended to make me cross-eyed. I joke not. The book was hard to read. In addition to the layout, the writing is mediocre and tends toward overstatement. The colleges themselves are undoubtedly worthy, but the book is little more than a wildly overgrown listing of the colleges.

So, my advice is to GET THIS BOOK FROM THE LIBRARY BEFORE PURCHASE. If you like it, then buy it. Personally, I think it is not worth purchasing but is worth a look (your eyes can take it for at least a few minutes). The book does list some very interesting colleges which will get you thinking that there really is a wide variety of colleges out there, and that you are not limited to attending Huge State University nor the University of Elitists. You really can, by searching high and low, find a college which you will enjoy attending.

Also take a look at COLLEGES THAT CHANGE LIVES by Loren Pope.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By nanscpa on May 28, 2007
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When I was looking into colleges, it would have been invaluable to have Cool Colleges to help me find the college that was right for me. Luckily, I stumbled upon one of the many colleges included in this book on a "college search road trip" with my parents. Asher does a great job describing colleges around the country that appeal to the "hyper-intelligent, self-directed, late blooming, and just plain different" students looking for a college to go to that will fit their unique personalities. This book paints a picture through interviews, lists, and essays of college life at each institution. You are sure to find a college in this book that is uniquely you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NJ on December 20, 2012
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The layout of the bug will leave you bug eyed. It is extremely difficult to read. There are things written along the sides and the bottom. I wasn't sure where the page began and ended.

There is absolutely nothing in there about "cool" colleges. You will find an entire chapter devoted to Ivy League schools. What a revelation that will be!

There was also a review of a "college" for high school students and then 3 pages listing all the colleges that those students were accepted at. Three pages!!! Seriously??

I wish I could give it a 0 star rating. They should be happy I gave them a 1 star.

Save your money. There are way better books out there.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lou B. on April 26, 2007
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Unlike many pretentious books designed to assist in choosing a college, this one is both a great read as well as helpful. Asher presents a very down-to-earth perspective of many of the colleges, making them seem like real institutions of learning, rather than just a great name. And, there is something for every college-bound student in this book.

The formatting of this text is interesting and fun and the notes along the pages contain some great tips and ideas without being overly "busy." If you are serious about choosing a college that's a right fit for you, I would definitely recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda on December 11, 2011
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This book is an absolute gem. I devoured it in 24 hours. As the parent of a junior, I have been reading a lot of college guides, but I haven't seen anything like this one. It's positively exhilarating in its approach to the college decision. Even without the sections on the individual colleges it discusses, it frames the entire undertaking in a new light. I am astounded that some of the other reviewers felt it was full of "filler." I saw these sidebars and quotations as illuminating and inspiring. I even read the specialized later sections, which do not apply at all to my child, just to find out what is out there and not to miss the sidebars within.

If your kid really wants to learn and is horrified by the idea of attending a college where kids are more interested in drinking beer and getting laid than in having an intellectual challenge, and if your kid aspires to the Ivy League and can't quite grasp that tens of thousands of qualified kids will be turned away from them every year, you could not do him or her a bigger favor than reading this book and then passing it along.
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DONALD ASHER is the author of ten books on the topics of careers and higher education. He is a contributing writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal's CareerJournal.com and CollegeJournal.com, USAirways Magazine, MSN Encarta and MSN homepage, Dow Jones's National Business Employment Weekly and Managing Your Career magazines, and many other publications and career sites. He visits more than one hundred university campuses every year to discuss career management topics from salary negotiations to linking your major to your life goals.