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Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012 Paperback – July 1, 2011
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"I'm a fan of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Each profiled school is described by a well-crafted 1,000 to 2,500 word essay that draws on information from students, administrators, and independent research. The book is pleasingly readable with concise side boxes containing numerical data on SAT scores, retention rates, acceptance rates, and so on.
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.
About the Author
Edward B. Fiske served for 17 years as education editor of the New York Times, where he realized that college-bound students and their families needed better information on which to base their educational choices. He is also the author of the Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.
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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.