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U.S. News Ultimate College Guide 2010 [Paperback]

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October 1, 2009 1402222858 978-1402222856 7

#1 Comprehensive College Guide, from the Top Name in College Rankings

This book offers complete lists of:

  • Most selective schools
  • Where applying early may help you most—or not
  • Schools with the most diverse student bodies
  • Priciest private schools and cheapest public schools
  • Best values: Great deals at great schools
  • Schools whose graduates have the most and least debt
  • Schools that award the most need-based aid
  • Major fields of study

Featuring complete data on more than 1,400 colleges and universities, U.S. News Ultimate College Guide 2010 is the best source for the information students and parents need most. It includes the essential step-by-step guide to the often stressful process of choosing a college, getting in, and finding the money, with exclusive lists and indices to help compare schools.

These lists and customized indices give students and parents what they need to make the best decision, including:

  • The hardest and easiest schools to get into
  • Schools that award the most need-based aid
  • The best values: great deals at great schools

Step-by-step advice from the nation's leading education writers includes:

  • How to choose the right school for you
  • What colleges look for in students
  • How to find the money to pay for college

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About the Author

Founded in 1933, U.S. News & World Report delivers a unique brand of weekly magazine journalism to its 12.2 million readers. In 1983, U.S. News began its exclusive annual rankings of American colleges and universities, now among the most eagerly anticipated magazine issues in the country.

Product Details

  • Series: U.S. News Ultimate College Guide
  • Paperback: 1776 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks; 7 edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402222858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402222856
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 2.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #898,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mark 07/24/09 July 24, 2009
By Lucas
I bought this book and went to activate the free 10 day pass to the Premium Online Edition and kept getting an error and could not access the site. I tried for 5 days! I called their customer service and spoke ( on two separate occasions) with an extremely rude person! She was zero help and didn't care that I could not access this College Guide. She told me to contact the webmaster and I did and never heard back from them and they actually tell you in an auotmated email not to contact them again that they will get back to you within 48hours. Sure! I called again and got the same apathetic response from customer service that she could not do anything for me. So I returned the book ( it has all dated information anyway) and bought Barron's Profiles of American Colleges which I am very happy with and they give their college ratings in the book!
US News is a total rip-off and they lure you in with free offers that they have no intentions of giving you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Guide June 14, 2011
The "U.S. News" approach is to use numbers...and that can be very useful. For example, the book includes a chart of the graduation rate at various colleges. Not surprisingly, more than 90% of Amherst students obtain a degree four years after enrolling. At many public colleges, that number is 30% or 40%. Most public colleges do such a poor job with first and second year students, the majority of them drop out...a sad fact that this book documents.

However, numbers can be misleading. How do you rank one college as the "Number 87" liberal arts college in America and another as "Number 107". That sort of ultra-precise numerical ranking borders on fantasy.

To learn about the personality and flavor of each school, you need to supplement this book with one or two books that focus on those factors...numbers are only a small part of the story.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars College Selection Process March 28, 2009
By Judy H
The best source of information for the college-bound student. This book containes everything you need to know about each college in the US as it relates to GPA and SAT requirements, financial aid, student size, majors, and tuition cost. A must-have for preparing your college selection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful in my Job September 23, 2011
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I am a High School Counselor and this book has been very helpful when working with students. The reference allows the students to see firsthand what colleges and universities are looking for in a perspective Freshman. The students are also able to see what they need to bring in an application. Having the statistics from the prior class provides facts that I am able to show students how they may stack up against admission criteria.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
We purchased this book when our daughter was a senior and it was used several times. It answers all of the questions we had when looking for the right colleges to visit. It has information for parents and students. I would recommend this book for high school students trying to pick a college.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless May 31, 2011
By M.M.
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I used this guide when I was applying for college 25 years ago, and it is still very useful as a summary of what's out there, now for my daughter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best in class college guide March 3, 2011
By Ari
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Great price, great college guide. I got this for my sister who is beginning to look at colleges and its full of all the information you need to narrow in on schools you are interested in. Doesn't hurt either that its $19.99!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best College Guide February 20, 2011
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This has always been and always will be the best and most comprehensive college guide on the market. It has everything we need to find the best colleges for each of our kids. It was great 20 years ago and it is even better today.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Published on November 10, 2011 by Victor J. Tennery
5.0 out of 5 stars Good resource
A fair review of many colleges and universities. Easy to understand and compare. I recommended it to anyone looking to find and compare multiple schools.
Published on August 23, 2011 by M. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge help
There is so much information here it is somewhat intimidating. However, if you are at all shopping for college from any perspective (money, size, majors) this is your reference. Read more
Published on July 11, 2011 by MOMSTER
5.0 out of 5 stars College Guide
It is what it says, ULTIMATE COLLEGE GUIDE. Gives tons of info when you are trying to select a college.
Published on April 30, 2011 by Cero
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Tool!
We went to a college seminar for information about sending kids to college. Everything that was said in the seminar was in this book. Read more
Published on April 9, 2011 by lovetoteach
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know
We have gone back to this book time and again for information on everything that pertains to choosing a college. Easy to use, well organized. Read more
Published on April 1, 2011 by Gozamomm
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
I bought this college review for a young friend who is considering colleges. She has great potential in math and I wanted her to look at schools that would offer her more... Read more
Published on February 1, 2010 by Emma Jane
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