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5.0 out of 5 stars A most unique college guide. Highly recommended., December 1, 2002
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Read this college guide togther with books such as "Colleges that Change Lives", "Beer and Circus", and "The Distinctive Colleges". You will see that the opinions expressed in this book is quite on the mark. This book should be regarded as a college guide to college guides. Plus, it tells you the representative colleges from each categories such as the scholarly colleges, the "great books" colleges, etc.
U.S. News and World Report's College Guide is pretty silly. It tells you how selective a college is. I.e., how good are the incoming students to each college. Well, we don't want to know how healthy are the patients that are admitted to a hospital. We want to know how much the hospital is going to do for a patient. Likewise, a college guide should tell us how much a college is going to do, educate, mentor and enable a student. Choosing a college is like buying a product. I want to know what that product will do for me, not how well I am.
Buy this book. It is highly recommended!
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Initial post: Aug 1, 2010 7:22:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 1, 2010 7:23:53 PM PDT
takhi rider says:
I agree that the US News rankings leave a lot to be desired. However, the selectivity of a college can tell you one important thing -- is the student body serious and capable, or not? Granted, the selection methods are imperfect but the general truth is that colleges with low entry thresholds get lower entries. Simple as that. If a student is motivated and prepared, it can be worse than demoralizing to be surrounded by, say, calculus students who can't reduce fractions. My friend, a math professor at a state university with a 90% admission acceptance rate (they take nearly everyone who breathes), spends nearly a third of his teaching time in remedial work with unprepared students, to the profound detriment of his other students.

As the great sage Barindra Fordinathmurty carved into his desk as a 5th-grader, "If you want to learn well, seek the company of others who want to learn well."

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2011 4:17:51 PM PDT
Janet says:
I think you both make a good point. The thing is, we do tend to think highly of the expensive colleges that are hard to get into, assuming that the most important thing a student can have is to be able to say "I graduated from Harvard." So I think the OP's point is interesting and useful.
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