- Series: College Admissions Guides (Book 371)
- Paperback: 832 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Review; Original edition (July 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375429387
- ISBN-13: 978-0375429385
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.7 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,382,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Best 371 Colleges, 2010 Edition (College Admissions Guides) Paperback – July 28, 2009
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"The Best 371 Colleges (2010 Edition)" (832 pages) is similar to last year's edition. After holding the number of best colleges at 368 last year (remember this book started off in 1992 with the best 350), this time there are 5 new "best" colleges and 2 that didn't make the cut anymore, and so now we have 371 (if the inflation of "best" colleges continues, I surmise we'll get to 400 eventually). Those 5 new colleges are Angelo State University, Green Mountain College, Marywood University, Stonehill College, and the University of Charleston. There is a fun-to-browse 62 lists of best/worst, such as "Most Beautiful Campus", "Students Study the Most", "Party Schools", and "Most Politically Active Students" (my daughter is attending the No.2 ranked school on that list, it was ranked No.1 last year, so yes these rankings change from year to year).
The best feature of this guide remains the 2 page layout for each of the colleges, with in-depth information on campus life, academic selectivity (the number of applicants, how many were accepted, and of those how many actually decided to attend), up-to-date tuition and room/board costs (I checked the numbers of the college that my daughter is now attending, and they are accurate), etc.Read more ›
The major shortcoming of this book, as I see it, is that it says virtually nothing substantive about the college's actual academic programs and requirements. My son is looking at Ivy League schools, and there is no info in this book about the differences in core requirements between the different Ivy League schools. It wasn't until we were on the student tour at Princeton that we learned that Princeton has a required senior thesis that averages, according to our guide, 80 pages, and that, because of this, virtually no student double majors. This same guide informed us about Columbia's Core Curriculum, heavily based on the Classics, that every student must take. Brown, he told us, is the most flexible Ivy, and has no core requirements. Well, for my son, anyway, all that was vital information and it mattered a lot more to him than some subjective student comments such as 'Everyone likes the Tigers' or 'All the students here are really friendly.'
The info we were seeking is all available online, at each college's website, of course. But it sure would be nice if college guide book writers would actually do a bit more work and write some substantive information about the academic requirements of each school.
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I first saw this book at the library after reviewing many of the big names in College Guide books. The comments are helpful and gives you a real flavor for the work load and the... Read morePublished on July 19, 2010 by Toni Logue
I am a rising high school senior, and this book has been absolutely imperative for me in picking out colleges that interest me. Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by Closm1174
It is shipped fast and good condition, but the book is useless.
The descriptions for colleges are all good words instead of real words, it seems that all the colleges are... Read more
The 2010 edition of Robert Franek with Tom Meltzer, et.al.'s THE BEST 371 COLLEGES is based on 122,000 student ratings and covers the top 20 colleges in 62 categories. Read morePublished on November 12, 2009 by Midwest Book Review
This was extremely informative and put my college search into perspective. Well written and up to date.Published on October 29, 2009 by Nancy Selavka
My daughter just applied to four colleges last week. This book is a good overview of colleges, with rankings based on student input as well as a variety of other factors, including... Read morePublished on October 13, 2009 by Tax Accountant