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    St. Martin's Griffin; 32 edition (July 1, 2005)
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Yale Daily News Staff. Description: The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges has been, for 39 years, the most relied-upon resource for high school students looking for honest reports on colleges from their fellow students. Because policies, costs, and statistics do change from time to time, readers should verify im- portant information with the colleges. Students must number of distinct programs, or students make sure they get their tickets early if they can participate in approved programs from want a seat at this perennially sold-out event.

In interviews with hundreds of peers on campuses all over the country, our writers have gotten the inside scoop on every school - on topics from professors and campus life to dorms and student activities. Each school profile in The Insider's Guide cuts through the veneer of brochures and common stereotypes to reveal the college as it's seen.

Having interviewed hundreds of their peers on more than 330 campuses and by getting the inside scoop on everything from the nightlife and professors .

Автор: Yale Daily News Название: Insider& Guide to the Colleges ISBN: 0312672950 ISBN-13(EAN) .

opinions and outrageous off-the-cuff advice.

Student-written profiles in The Insider's Guide. are lively and informative and strike the tone of a college pal offering advice. Who better to tell prospective students about life at college than current students? ―Boston Herald. The Yale Daily News is produced by the undergraduates at Yale University. It has been serving the university and New Haven, CT since 1878. Series: Insider's Guide to the Colleges.

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This guidebook offers information about 323 American Institutions of Higher Education.

For more than thirty-five years, The Insider's Guide to the Colleges has been the .

In interviews with hundreds of peers on campuses from New York to Hawaii and Florida to Alaska, our writers have sought out the inside scoop at every school on everything from the nightlife and professors to the newest dorms and wildest student organizations.

Even within the text, I saw the popular majors of one college described as Mathematics, psychology, government, and mathematics.

For more than thirty years, The Insider's Guide to the Colleges has been the favorite resource of high school seniors across the country, because it is the only comprehensive college reference written and researched by students for students. In interviews with hundreds of peers on campuses all over the country, our writers have gotten the inside scoop on every school--on topics from professors and campus life to dorms and student activities. Each school profile in The Insider's Guide cuts through the veneer of brochures and common stereotypes to reveal the college as it's seen through the eyes of its students. This comprehensive guide includes:

The real advantage to this guide, like The Best 361 Colleges, is that kids tend to read, if not devour, it. Since buying it for our two daughters, I have recommended it to several other parents, advising them just to leave it out, either on a living room table or in the bathroom (It makes great john reading). In all cases the kids have found it interesting, relevant and credible. Is it the final word? Not at all. But it does serve as a great starting point for kids to put together a list of schools in which they might be interested.
This was an OK guide to some colleges. Unfortunately, some of the schools my son is considering weren't in the book which was dissapointing. The infomation about the schools wasn't as in depth or "insider" as I had hoped. I found college sites on the web more helpful. I wouldn't have bought this book if I had known.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend the Insider's Guide to the Colleges to either parents or students. I feel that Fiske, Princeton Review and Kaplan (even though the last edition is becoming dated) are better sources of information.

However, there are some good aspects to the Insider's Guide so I would at least recommend picking up the book at the library and skimming the beginning section on choosing a college. Insider's does a good job of mentioning all the facets a student should consider and they do a very fair job of detailing the strengths and weaknesses of both small and large schools.

On the other hand, I have to agree with the reviewer who said that the entries make each school sound like either a "party school" or a "nerd school" as if colleges only came in two varieties. I think it quickly becomes very hard to distinguish individual qualities of the schools because so much emphasis is placed on the balance of partying to studying to the exclusion of other information, particularly about good academic reasons to attend a school. It's also apparent that Insider's is placing a little too much emphasis on sports when they discuss a school's croquet or handball program. Yep, that makes the school different, but it should be obvious to Insider's that there are other aspects of the school they should have focused on instead.

Now my writing is not the best, but I suppose I expected better from Yale students. One writer used the non-existent word "irregardless" (it's "regardless") while another couldn't be bothered to check if Stony Brook was one word or two. The writers sometimes delivered badly executed last paragraphs with incongruous sentences, poor transitions and confusing conclusions. You end up with something like "Students at X University say that the food is horrific, the dorms should be condemned and the school is less exciting than a cemetery. It's a great place to spend four years." Yes, I suppose it would be fair to give them a break since they're only undergraduates (I think), but I feel it's important to expose our high school kids to the superior writing found in other guides like Fiske or Princeton Review instead of something that's not very good.

This brings me to the Insider's Guide's assertion that the book is "funny and incredibly entertaining." While this is subjective, I strongly disagree. The Insider's Guide is fairly boring compared to the much wittier Princeton Review guide. Personally, my favorite is Fiske, but I would say that if a parent is having trouble getting her teenager to start looking at colleges seriously, she'd pick up something besides Fiske, and I suspect it's often the Insider's Guide as it's written by "students for students." However, not only is Princeton Review better written, the format of the Insider's Guide is user-surly with small print and cramped, unattractive pages. I will say that the Insider's Guide does a better job of sticking to factual statistics than giving schools subjective ratings on a four-star scale, and some may prefer that. As a matter of fact, the Insider's Guide does have a few statistics that Princeton Review neglects and two of them are important: The freshman retention rate and the graduation rate. Both statistics are fairly good indicators of how happy students are at their respective schools. So if those stats are important to you, that might be one reason to at least browse through the Insider's Guide.

The Insider's Guide inexplicably leaves out some top-notch schools, particularly in Texas and Louisiana (such as Loyola) while including some rather absurd choices that have SAT means in the low 400's or in one case, 300's. They also have a number of large state schools that I don't feel have any place in a guide to the "top schools." The fact is that they attract a multitude of applicants which means more people will buy this book. I wouldn't suggest removing the schools with very unimpressive statistics if there are sufficient reasons to keep them (in many cases, I couldn't find any), but with some incomprehensible exclusions, I can't say I find the book authoritative or comprehensive. Go with Fiske or, if your student isn't excited about researching colleges, go with Princeton Review.
This can be a useful volume for those who do not wish wide coverage of colleges and universities throughout the United States. A lot of good schools are missing, though. For instance, I went to Bradley University as an undergraduate, and it does not show up in the listing of Illinois schools, even though it has a pretty good reputation for quality. The number of Illinois' colleges represented is a pretty small slice of decent schools available there.

Just so, Pennsylvania. Many good schools are simply not covered. The introduction that explains how colleges are selected is rather vague--and not very convincing.

All of that said, the discussion of those colleges covered isn't bad. There is enough discussion and information to begin to distinguish one school from another. Thus, this is a useful resource, but it is compromised by spotty coverage of some fine institutions in the United States.
I feel this guide is sometimes useful, but inconsistent. The entries will often tell about the party situation on campus, and perhaps how good the dorms or the food are, and sometimes that's good enough to tell you that you don't want to attend certain schools. But often they say little about the reasons you're in college at the first place: What you're trying to learn. Academics are often overlooked in this guide, although entries on science-oriented schools like Georgia Tech are exceptions. They might list one or two favorite courses at each school, but in general the book misses the bigger picture about programs or opportunities.

I think the book has a bit of a Northeastern bias as their coverage in other regions isn't as thorough. They missed essential schools to a guidebook to the top schools such as Southwestern University and Austin College. There are about ten to fifteen schools that are listed in all the other guidebooks, like Elon University, The College of Charleston and Illinois Institute of Technology and others, mostly in the South and West, that are missing from this book. They do state that because of limited space, they couldn't list all the top schools, but there are a number of odd choices that they probably shouldn't have included if space was a problem. It's all a matter of opinion, and perhaps it would normally serve the public to feature schools that none of the other guides do, but without mentioning specific names, some of the schools they list would interest many fewer people on a national level than the ones they missed.

This guide says things about financial aid in their section about private vs. public schools that I feel is misinformation. They say that small private schools don't have the money to cover financial aid very well, so it's better to stick with "cheaper" public schools. That's not true in many cases. Small schools like Grinnell, Southwestern, and Amherst are very wealthy, and there are probably seventy to a hundred leading small schools that are more than financially sound and generous with aid. Meanwhile, federal money for public schools has been drying up over the last several years, so there is sometimes a shortfall at the financial aid office leaving students with a gap of unmet need. It's important to apply to both private and public schools because you won't know which will be the best bet financially until you actually see and compare the offers.

Furthermore, they seem to indicate that only bigger, top-tier private institutions have "need-blind" admissions, and that if a school has a need-blind policy, you can be sure that its financial aid package will be good enough for you to attend. Nope. First, many smaller schools have need blind admissions, and secondly, you can still receive a package from a need-blind school that consists mostly of loans, making the school unaffordable. The best explanation of financial aid I've seen is in the book called The Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College.

The Insider's Guide does a pretty good job with statistics as they offer more figures than the other guides including more information than Fiske Guide to Colleges (not the same book as the one mentioned above) on fraternity percentages, religious affiliation, minority percentages, and tuition and room & board amounts. To be fair to Fiske, information on religious leanings and fraternity information can almost always be found in the body of each profile, but you'll need to get tuition figures from somewhere else like the school websites.

I don't think Insider's Guide is better for students even though it's written by students, but it is three or four dollars cheaper than the other guides. Because the book has smaller dimensions, the print is also much smaller and, therefore, very irritating to read, and the writing isn't engaging enough to make up for it. On the other hand, it fits better in a backpack.

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