- Series: Unofficial, Unbiased Insider's Guide to the 360 Most Interesting Colleges
- Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; 2005 ed. edition (June 22, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743251997
- ISBN-13: 978-0743251990
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.8 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,167,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unofficial, Unbiased Guide to the 331 Most Interesting Colleges 2005 (Unofficial, Unbiased Insider's Guide to the 360 Most Interesting Colleges) Paperback – June 22, 2004
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The statistics in the book are understandable and helpful. I feel that Princeton Review does a slightly better job with their coverage of financial aid, but Kaplan is sufficient. Kaplan does something smart by offering a range of SAT scores for the middle 50% of accepted students for each school instead of giving a specific median score. Even though I think it's fun to see median scores, it can be discouraging to students who score below the median, and is therefore a less useful statistic.
I think parents and students will find this a good compromise between Fiske and Princeton Review. One reviewer said he felt that Princeton Review quoted student statements that made good copy instead of statements that accurately reflected a school's true nature. There's no way to know that for sure, but Princeton Review is pretty gossipy, so I have a sneaky suspicion that the reviewer is right. Fiske does a really great job explaining the academic strengths and opportunities of each school, but someone else pointed out that Fiske says so little that's negative that the reader has a hard time figuring out which school is best. Kaplan provides readers with more student opinion than Fiske, and while the reading is a fair amount drier than Princeton Review, it focuses on the classroom a bit more than the frat parties.