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Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012 Paperback – July 1, 2011
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Don't expect a ton of objective data in the Fiske Guide to Colleges. The lover of numbers would do better with the U.S. News and World Report Ultimate College Guide or Peterson's Four-Year Colleges. That said, numbers rarely tell the story of a school effectively. The essays in the Fiske Guide employ both subjective and objective information to capture the real "feel" of a school. Since picking the perfect college is more about a personality match than anything numerical, Fiske's efforts to capture the personalities of the schools should be applauded. " - About.com
"Any prospective college student should certainly purchase a copy of this book. Fiske's Guide to College 2008 will become your virtual bible as you begin and progress through the difficult and often overwhelming college admissions process." - Helium.com
"The guide is notable as much for its focus on each school's personality and quality of life as for its statistical data and admissions information. " - AP column Financial Bookshelf
"This guidebook makes an excellent effort to give students good, relative info for school-to-school comparisons." - Newsday
This is the encyclopedia of colleges. It covers the most competitive 300 colleges in the U.S., including SAT ranges, size of the student body, most popular majors, class size, information on the surrounding area, student life and crossover colleges. There is also a wonderful intro section that lists "best colleges" by area of study, like business, theatre or engineering. If you only buy one college book, this should be it.
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On the other hand, the descriptions of the schools are oftentimes right on point. Check the first sentence on American University (where my youngest one is going): "If the odds to enter Georgetown are against you and you can't see yourself on GW's highly urban campus, welcome to American University." That is EXACTLY what happened to my daughter: not admitted to Georgetown, admitted to GW and AU, but not at all charmed by GW's urban campus, hence she's at American. The descriptions of the school my son attended are also on point.Read more ›
Make sure you read the parents and student pledges at the back of the book. They are helpful, true, and amusing.
I was a bit disappointed that some of the info is not accurate. Some things I found wrong or puzzling:
1. Goucher College criticism that says the library closes at 6PM on Saturday. That was true in the old library from a few years ago. It is open 24/7.
2. Reference to Towson State in the Goucher College review: Towson University is the name of the school, as it has been since 1997. You would think the editors would pick up this name change, since it was 13 years ago.
3. University of Maryland not listed for strong music programs from large universities. Not only is MD strong in music, they have the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, which is among the largest and nicest facilities on the East Coast. Big omission.
I am taking off one star for its inaccuracies. Also, Kindle edition is highly needed! This book is too thick to cart around.
Another annoying feature is the order--one reader said schools should be arranged by state, and it would probably make more sense. One often has to go to the index to find schools because the order is not consistent. Canadian and British schools are hard to find at best, and there are some strange omissions--where are Oxford and Cambridge for example?
Lastly, our copy was defective, with about 70 pages in the second third of the book printed upside down and scrambled, which made it really difficult to use. There didn't seem to be a way to get a replacement copy.
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The Fiske Guide provides the inside scoop on top colleges in an engaging style. However, the format is not as easy to digest as the Princeton Review's college guide book.Published on May 29, 2012 by S. R. Leib
Not as comprehensive as I would prefer. More details on undergrad and post-grad awards would help. More colleges reviewed would also help.Published on March 11, 2012 by Jeb
This book provides an enormous amount of information on almost every college in the country. Gives my son a tool for what to shoot for in deciding which colleges to apply to.Published on January 19, 2012 by Onahunch
For more than 20 years, this leading guide to more than 300 colleges and universities has been an indispensable source of information for college-bound students and their parents. Read morePublished on October 31, 2011 by L. Zhang
Great book I purchased for my niece she loved it. Books are still wonderful in this age of technology. Read morePublished on October 21, 2011 by Dee