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"College Handbook 2013" (2252 pages) is one massive book. They should sell it by the pound! The premise of the book is quite simple: provide a short overview of the 2000+ 4 year colleges and the 1700+ 2 year colleges that grace our country. At that it succeeds, mostly. Most informative is the "freshman class profile" which includes (for most colleges) the key information of how many applicants, how many were admitted, and how many actually enrolled. It also includes the all-important tuition and room + board fees, but beware, those numbers are generally 1 or 2 years old, and so if you are looking at starting college in, say, Fall of 2013, these numbers are already outdated.

Because of the (literally) enormous size of this book, this is not particulary user-friendly. It's just HUGE. But it's a good starting point, up to a degree, simply to get a lay of the land of colleges. If your son or daughter simply wants to know what colleges are out there in his or her state (since most kids attend college in their home state), this is not a bad place to start as colleges are listed state by state. My daughter spent some, but not a whole lot, of time with this book (a few years ago), and quickly moved on to other books when she had a clearer idea of what colleges she was most interested in. In particular I'd recommed the Princeton Review's "best 377 colleges" book, the 2013 edition of which is coming out in mid-August (if forced to choose, the previous editions of this book are the single most important college search book--assuming your child's college of interest is included in there).
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on December 20, 2012
I checked this out at the library and now I had to buy it myself. This college book is a must in order to find out more about colleges. They offer things that other websites don't (but I also recommend checking out like percentages of classes that have less than 20 students. Most websites either list student to faculty ratio or nothing at all, either thing doesn't really tell you much. I could go on with all the other information that this book has but the bottom line is that it has mostly everything you would want and more about every college in the nation.

The only people that shouldn't buy this book are as follows:
1. If you aren't interested in going into college (obviously)
2. If you have completely 100% decided what colleges you want to apply to. (Unless if you didn't do your research properly, you really need to do a lot of research since your college choice makes a huge impact on your life.)
3. If you are a transfer student. This book unfortunately lacks info on transfer stats. If you are looking into transferring to different colleges then I would recommend The Transfer Book (You can find it on and
4. If you are a graduate and are deciding to pursue a masters or above. I don't have an alternate book for you, but I'm sure they are out there. This book could still work, but it really is geared toward undergrads only.
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on November 13, 2012
We bought this book to see what colleges were out there. I was overwhelmed to see the size of the book and the information on each college. It is a MUST have for a college bound student that is unsure of where they would like to attend.
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on April 19, 2013
This book is a great resource for the college bound student and their family.
It has all of the colleges in it, at least that we've found, as well as a bunch of
general information about them like size, graduation rates and what you need
in the way of scores and grades to get in.
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on May 31, 2013
Good statistical data provided on each 4-year and 2-year college. Use this book as your bible in researching colleges. It won't provide you with every single piece of data to do an analysis but it's a good foundation and along with other tools you can get everything you need to know about a school, short of the on-campus tour.
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on June 25, 2013
This book is fantastic for having on the coffee table and browsing with your sophmore or junior as colleges come up. They are all organized the same way, which makes it easy to know what you are looking at. If you are particularly interested in one college, just go to their website - but they are all so different that this puts all of them on a level playing field.
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on August 2, 2013
This book lists information easily. We have copied pages for comparisons. I like the online version also but this version we can highlight.
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on August 7, 2013
This is such a great resource of all the different colleges, with detailed information on all of them. WORTH IT TO BUY IT.
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on March 14, 2013
Very helpful. Had everything in it that I wanted. I would highly recommend this book to anyone searching for colleges.
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on April 12, 2013
this book is so up to date with colleges that is was extremely helpful in finding the ones i am interested in
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