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The Insider's Guide to the Colleges, 2010: Students on Campus Tell You What You Really Want to Know (Insider's Guide to the Colleges: Students on Campus) Paperback – June 23, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0312570293 ISBN-10: 0312570295 Edition: Thirty-Sixth Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Insider's Guide to the Colleges: Students on Campus
  • Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Thirty-Sixth Edition edition (June 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312570295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312570293
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,648,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“As intimate as a late-night chat in a dorm room.”
The Atlantic Monthly

“Savvy parents and students hold this book to be a must-read.”
New York Daily News

“Invaluable in choosing and getting into a college.”
Chicago Tribune

“Student-written profiles in The Insider’s Guide…are lively and informative and strike the tone of a college pal offering advice.”
Rolling Stone

“Who better to tell prospective students about life at college than current students?”
Boston Herald

About the Author

The Yale Daily News is produced by undergraduate students at Yale University. It is based in New Haven, Connecticut.

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
Is it just me or are these college search/guidance books coming out sooner every year? I mean, we are still in June, and here already is the 2010 edition of The Insider's Guide. I am well aware that the publishing business on college search/guidance books is a multi-million business, but still. That said, let me state upfront that I am done with the college search process. My youngest just finished her freshman year in DC. That said, I saw this book at my local library, and curiosity got the better of me and I picked it up.

"The Insider's Guide to the Colleges" (952 pages) is a curious book. It brings an assessment of about 300 colleges and universities, but it never explains how these places are actually selected from the thousands of colleges and universities out there. I am most familiar with colleges in DC (where my youngest is going, and where I went myself) and Ohio (where I live, and where my oldest went to college), and while I perused some of the other chapters (they are listed state by state), I read the DC and Ohio chapters very carefully. First the good: the assessment of the colleges in DC seem right on target. I asked my daughter about some of the statements made in here about her particular college, and she agreed with them (I attended the same place, 25+ years ago). As for the Ohio chapter, some curious things: Antioch College closed its doors for undergraduate students due to financial problems (it is still open for graduate studies), yet there is a review on it. Huh? The review on the college my son attended seems on point. But inexplicably, Xavier University (a fine Jesuit college here in Cincinnati) is left out of the book. Huh?

The book prides itself on providing "insider" information from students, and from that perspective it seems to do well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lizie on February 1, 2010
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A great jumpstart book. This book is well written and as complete as any one book can be.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie Scarbrough on February 20, 2010
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My oldest daughter is exploring her college interests and options. This book is a great help. Easy to use. I refer back to it often. It was recommended to me by a friend who is also looking at colleges with her daughter. I would recommend it to everyone. It is not only informative, but fun.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Frazier on February 5, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Unless I'm missing something, the Kindle version of this book is almost impossible to navigate on a Kindle. To find a college you have a couple of choices:

1. Find the portion of the Table of Contents that is organized by state, find the state where the college you want to find is in, and then go to that state. Then page through that state until you get to the college you want.

2. Do a search. Doing a search is awkward because you end up finding all kinds of references to the college you're interested in and you have to guess (based on the location number) which might be the main entry for this college.

What's infuriating to me is that the publishers knew this. When you go to the Index, there is a note saying that the index is disabled and it then presents an (unlinked) list of colleges so you can use the list of colleges to do the proper search. This doesn't work well, for the reason cited above (see number 2). How hard would it have been to provide a linked list of colleges that could be clicked on?

Not ready for prime time.
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