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Best/Worst College Books

spaceball519spaceball519 Registered User Posts: 164 Junior Member
edited January 2007 in College Admissions
This might not be the best place to post this, but I was wondering what are some of your favorite/least favorite college guide books(To clarify, I am talking about Fiske, Princeton Review, etc, not publications put out by colleges)


I have always been a fan of the Fiske guides, as well as the US News publication. By far, by far the worst I have seen is "Choosing the Right College", which I think is put out by ISI. It is so fundamentaly biased that it seriously borders on being racist/sexist/homophobic/bigoted in general. Any school that offers classes that focus on non-Western cultures is seen as "pandering to liberals", and nearly every good LAC(with the exception of schools such as Claremont Mckenna) get labeled as bastions of communism and homosexuality.

It's almost funny how blatently politcally incorrect it is, not to mention poorly written.

What are your opinions on the best and worst college books?
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Replies to: Best/Worst College Books

  • MarathonMan88MarathonMan88 Registered User Posts: 1,321 Senior Member
    I was in Border's yesterday and realized that no one can even hope to have a grasp of the whole spectrum of college guide books--there must be at least 50 on the shelves of Border's alone. That said, I think that Fiske is the among the best--it's well written; seems to make some effort at periodic updates; and the opening 2-3 sentence summaries are often masterpieces of distilling things to their essence. USNews (on-line is more complete than the hard copy) is probably the best I've seen for sheer data.
  • spaceball519spaceball519 Registered User Posts: 164 Junior Member
    The little summaries are an essential addition to the Fiske guide. When my sister was applying to schools(in 2002), she had the Fiske 2001 guide, and they didn't have the summaries. Looking back to those, compared to the current one that I have, the new one seems so, so much more helpful.
  • spaceball519spaceball519 Registered User Posts: 164 Junior Member
    bump this one up
  • JoyceleneJoycelene Registered User Posts: 266 Junior Member
    I have to agree with the other posters. Fiske is definitely my college resource of choice. The "If You Apply To" blurbs at the end are definitely not bad to have, either; easier and faster than digging around the PR website or the college website for deadline dates, at least :)
  • ManUtd20OleManUtd20Ole Registered User Posts: 1,246 Senior Member
    Students' Guide to Colleges: The Definitive Guide to America's Top 100 SchoolsWritten by the Real Experts--the Students Who Attend Them.

    This book is fun ^.
  • b@r!um[email protected]!um Registered User Posts: 10,373 Senior Member
    I like College *******.
  • b@r!um[email protected]!um Registered User Posts: 10,373 Senior Member
    Come on, what's that?
    Why can't I post that word????
    The book(s) is/are called College P R O W L E R.
  • TheOneCurlyFryTheOneCurlyFry Registered User Posts: 2,415 Senior Member
    I like the college pro wler website :). I didn't buy any books. I downloaded all the sample PDFs for schools I was looking at, though.
  • jupp1313jupp1313 Registered User Posts: 142 Junior Member
    I also liked the student's guide to colleges
  • spaceball519spaceball519 Registered User Posts: 164 Junior Member
    It's really dumb how CC will delete words that are names of their competitor's sites.
  • warblersrulewarblersrule Super Moderator Posts: 9,999 Super Moderator
    It's really dumb how CC will delete words that are names of their competitor's sites.
    Yes, especially when CC uses their "rankings." :rolleyes:

    I agree that Fiske is the best (I met Edward Fiske when he visited Duke :cool:). The Yale guide isn't bad, and Colleges That Change Lives is a great resource.
  • Mia WallaceMia Wallace Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    The ones I found most helpful were Getting In by Katherine Cohen and Students' Guide to Colleges: The Definitive Guide to America's Top 100 Schools Written by the Real Experts--the Students Who Attend Them by Jordan Goldman. The latter helps especially with the "Why University X?" essays.

    The A is for Admission guide by Michelle Hernandez was alright.
  • 1938219382 Registered User Posts: 1,795 Senior Member
    Ha, CC must have some serious inferiority complex.
  • drummerdude_07drummerdude_07 Registered User Posts: 1,345 Senior Member
    Are kidding about the "Choosing the Right College", the ISI Guide? It is the only one I've seen that provides meanginful information worth paying for!

    That guide is AMAZING. Is it "biased" in a conservative leaning way. Well duh! It's put out by ISI!!! But what are the conservative "biases" on higher education? Well 1) Schools should have a "core curriculum" that covers American history, classical literature, etc. because these are topics that EVERY educated American should have a working knowledge of. Two people who gradaute from the same school with the same major should taken at least some of the sames classes or least covered some of the same material2) You CANNOT study and understand other cultures without knowing about our own Western culture 3) Fluff areas like Gender Studies, Multicultural Studies, and basically anything ending in studies are more often places for professors to indoctrinate students into their Marxist and/or feminist viewpoints rather than actually teach something meaningful 4) Bias against conservative viewpoints in modern schools is rampant

    Given this, if you are a conservative or moderate or libertarian, someone who doesn't like to have propaganda shoved down your throat, or you actually want to learn something in college beyong how to perform a job, this book is priceless.
  • sudaneya4eversudaneya4ever Registered User Posts: 343 Member
    rock hard apps is pretty helpful i've found
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