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The Big Book of Colleges 2012 Paperback – June 30, 2011

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Editorial Reviews

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- The Boston Globe

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This humble company produces the most useful information I ve run across for helping high school kids understand what it s really like on campus.
- Roland Allen, Director of College Counseling at St. Margaret s Episcopal School

Customer Reviews

College Prowler is the needed link between students and guidebooks. It's students, writing for future students, about their student experience. It's like having an older sibling that went to the school and is telling you all about it.
- Ashley Dallas, TX

The guidebooks this company produces are revolutionary. You should not go to college without getting the College Prowler guidebook on your school."
- Breanna - Chambersburg, PA

"The information just seems so much more truthful than books written by larger companies. What a difference it makes to have a book written by a current student!"
-Alison - Ithaca, NY

As a parent, I am thrilled that a comprehensive body of information is available in an easy to read and entertaining format which the students will actually read!!
- Vince E. Islip, NY --Editorial & Customer Reviews

About the Author

When we created College Prowler, we felt it was critical that our content was unbiased and unaffiliated with any college or university. We think it s important that our readers get honest information and a realistic impression of the student opinions on any campus that s why if any aspect of a particular school is terrible, we (unlike a campus brochure) intend to publish it. While we do keep an eye out for the occasional extremist the cheerleader or the cynic we take pride in letting the students tell it like it is. We strive to create a guide that s as representative as possible of each particular campus. Our guides cover both the good and the bad, and whether the survey responses point to recurring trends or a variation in opinion, these sentiments are directly and proportionally expressed through our guides.

College Prowler guidebooks are in the hands of students throughout the entire process of their creation. Because you can t make student-written guides without the students, we have students at each campus who help write, randomly survey their peers, edit, layout, and perform accuracy checks on every guide that we publish. From the very beginning, student writers gather the most up-to-date stats, facts, and inside information on their colleges. They fill each section with student quotes and summarize the findings in editorial reviews. In addition, each school receives a collection of letter grades (A through F) that reflect student opinion and help to represent contentment or satisfaction for each of our 20 specific categories. Just as in grade school, the higher the mark the more content or more satisfied the students are with the particular category.

Each guide is the result of endless student contributions, hundreds of pages of research and writing, and countless hours of hard work. All of this has led to the creation of a student information network that stretches across the nation to every school that we cover. It s no easy accomplishment, but it s the reason that our guides are such a great resource.

When reading our guides and looking at our grades, keep in mind that every college is different and that the students who make up each school are not uniform as a result, it is important to assess schools on a case-by-case basis. Because it s impossible to summarize an entire school with a single number or description, each guide provides a dialogue, not a decision, that s made up of 20 different topics and hundreds of student quotes.

In the end, we hope that College Prowler will serve as a valuable tool in your college selection process. Enjoy!

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Product Details

  • Series: Big Book of Colleges
  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: College Prowler (June 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427403260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427403261
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

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By E. Flores on February 27, 2013
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I think I bought every college guide book ever published and this one is my son's favorite. We actually even bought two copies. He liked this because it is written by students from each school and really tells about quality of life. It was great to have this to supplement the guide books that covered things such as academic requirements. He liked this so much that we ended up buying the individual college prowlers to the schools he was accepted to and deciding between.
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This book was literally just copied from online user comments, typos and all, with partial reviews and then "learn more at www.collegeprowler.com." Only a few comments per school, with no integration. So glad I got this from the library and didn't purchase it. If you want a book that gives student perspective and not just numbers, use the Fiske book, instead. This one is worthless.
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By Cindy D on February 4, 2014
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Great Book from a students point of view. My daughter Madisyn is always referring to this book. It ashame they are strictly on the web now and don't have the book any more. The web link is great. But I still like having the book.
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