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Students' Guide to Colleges: The Definitive Guide to America's Top 100 Schools Written by the Real Experts--the Students Who Attend Them Paperback – July 26, 2005

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (July 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143035584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143035589
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jordan Goldman and Colleen Buyers started creating the Students’ Guide when they were freshmen at Wesleyan University. Recent graduates, they live in New Jersey and British Columbia, respectively. Student's Guide to Colleges is their first book.


Colleen Buyers and Jordan Goldman started creating the Students’ Guide when they were freshmen at Wesleyan University. Recent graduates, they live in New Jersey and British Columbia, respectively. Student's Guide to Colleges is their first book.


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It is so refreshing to read such an organized, thoughtful, honest, and unique perspective!
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This book has lessened the stress of applying to college immensely, and I recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone starting out on the Great College Search.
Hannah
As a prospective college student, I have to tell you how much I appreciate Students' Guide to Colleges.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Anne on August 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have been a professional college counselor for more than 10 years, and I can't recommend this book highly enough. It's an upstart title in the college guidebook industry - this is the first edition - but it has such a novel take on the process, and offers such innovative features, that I'll be very surprised if it isn't here to stay.

A colleague of mine recently said this book is the next best thing to spending a week on each college's campus. I usually shy away from cliches like that - but, in this case, it's very close to the truth. If you're looking at any of America's top 100 colleges and universities, I highly recommend it.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Josh on October 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a prospective college student, I have to tell you how much I appreciate Students' Guide to Colleges. It combines many of the best features of the Princeton Review and Fiske guides with much more comprehensiveness. I also appreciate that it is without any trying-to-sound-hip blather because these are not editor-interjected profiles, they're written by actual students. This is a great compliment--I have been looking at colleges seriously for about a year, and this is the best guide to colleges among the many I've seen. I also just read the Oberlin College profile in this book with an Oberlin alum and relative. She said that this was this most comprehensive and accurate Oberlin portrayal she's read in a guide. Among other things, she and I loved the different student perspectives and the unthinkable-in-previous-guides questions like "what aspect of your school would a prospective student not see on a college tour?" The guide's honesty also impressed me, as the Fiske guide lauded Vassar's "diversity," for example, where Students' Guide admits "Although Vassar likes to talk about diversity a lot, most students are actually wealthy and white." I am confident in saying that anyone applying anywhere from Hampshire to Harvard will find this book incredibly useful!!

-Josh
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Julia on October 29, 2005
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I've been researching colleges for the past 6 months, and only found Students' Guide to Colleges two weeks ago. But it is already, by far, my favorite college guidebook. It's just as (or more) informative as the other guides - but then it's also fun to read, and tells you what the other guides don't, like "What wouldn't a prospective student see on a campus tour", and "what wouldn't an admissions officer tell a prospective college student." I can't recommend this book highly enough!!

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Also, that one reviewer, Lisa Stephens, made no sense. Her review hawks "How to Ace Your Way Through College and Still Have a Life" by David Kennedy" - and if you look at her history page, she does this over and over, negatively reviews books, and then hawks her own. Sorry for ranting about that, but her review is totally disingenuous, and it lies, and she's really doing a gross thing, putting down other books (in a way that doens't even make sense, cause this is a great book!) to promote her own book, or a friend's, or whatever.

WHATEVER!! I loved this college guide. Can't recommend it enough.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on August 5, 2005
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There's so much I loved about this book. The first page of every review does a great job of summing a school up: it offers all the pertinent statistics (when each school was founded, its location, phone number, email address, web site, how many undergraduates it has, how many graduate students, the cost of attending, the application deadline, and the early decision deadline.)

Then it has a great Selectivity Rating for each school. You always hear you should apply to Safety Schools, Target Schools and Reach Schools - the Selectivity ratings in Students' Guide make it easy to figure out which schools belong in which category.

It lists the Notable Majors and Programs at each school, so you can quickly see, if you're interested in majoring in English for example, which schools are notable for having that major.

Students sum up each school in five words. For example, Bard College students sum it up as "Hipster school for creative rule-breakers", and "Small, controversial, intellectual, true individuals". When you're looking at lots of schools, it's easy to forget which is which. These five words on the first page of every review help you remember.

Then, there's a grid which tells you the size of each school (small, medium, large), the location (urban, suburban, rural), On a Saturday Night, Students Talk About Academics (always, sometimes, never), nightlife (intense, moderate, laid back), political leaning (left, right, split), and diversity (high, medium, low.) Having all this information right up-front - particularly regarding night life, how often students talk about academics, and political leaning of student bodies - really help you quickly grasp a school's character, and see if it's right for you.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on August 5, 2005
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What a great guide. It doesn't get more honest than this. I'm so impressed, I'm choosing a school in the next few months, this is really helpful.

And, because three students tell you about every school, you get all these very different perspectives on the same places, and you can really see what each school is like for different people.

To show you , here's some extreme honesty:

Colgate University: "The snow isn't the only thing that's white here. If you're looking for a school with a big minority population, try Howard or Morehouse. You just won't find it at Colgate. On the upside, if you're white and preppy, you'll get to surround yourself with 2,800 other people you probably have a lot in common with."

University of California - San Diego: "The admissions officers at UCSD probably wouldn't tell you that we don't have a football team. When UCSD was first opened, the university actively decided against having one because they wanted to be viewed as a serious academic institution. This seriously weakness school spirit, though, and means a lot of USD kids are seriously nerdy. On a tour, you'll rarely find kids playing soccer on the quad or tossing a Frisbee. Instead, you'll find students discussing Star Wars or blinking confusedly from the natural sunlight."

Hampshire College - "Students here are liberals, period. Maybe there's one Republican on campus, and I don't know why she's still here, we told her we'd cut out her tongue months ago."

University of Chicago: "The University of Chicago falls prey to the phenomenon that has been striking most private colleges across the nation - its student body is mostly composed of upper-middle-class white kids.
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