Fiske Guide to Colleges 1999: The: The Highest-Rated Guide to the Best and Most Interesting Colleges in America (15th ed) (英語) ペーパーバック – 1998/8/4
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For seventeen years, The Fiske Guide to Colleges has been the indispensable source of information for hundreds of thousands of students and their parents. Candid, lively, and reliable, it speaks with unique authority, covering everything from where a school's history department ranks academically to where its basketball team ranks nationally, from which dining halls should be avoided to which professors shouldn't be missed. The result is -- as USA Today wrote -- the "most readable and informative" of all the college guides published. Based on surveys of thousands of students and administrators and thoroughly revised and updated every year, The Fiske Guide to Colleges answers the questions on the minds of all guidance counselors, prospective students, and parents. Included are:
-- application information -- where to get one, which schools have the longest and most difficult applications, deadlines, etc.
-- quality-of-life, academic, and social-life ratings for each school -- "party school" or "monastery"?
-- listings of each college's strongest departments and majors
Plus there's Fiske's exclusive selection of the forty-two schools that constitute 1999's "Best Buys" -- schools that deliver the best education at the most reasonable cost.
Some college guides offer merely pages of statistics, others just student opinions, and still others only the opinions of education experts. But The Fiske Guide to Colleges combines all three, so you get the full picture. It's the one authoritative book that college-bound students and their parents shouldn't be without.
The only college guide to get a top rating from American Bookseller
Edward B. Fiske is one of America's leading education experts. The former education editor of The New York Times and the author of several bestselling books, he lives in East Alstead, New Hampshire.
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The best short reference on each college is the Princeton Review of The Best (311) Colleges. It gives ratings of academic quality, difficulty of admission, percentage admitted, etc. There is also a brief summary of college life and what each place might be looking for.
Peterson Guide is comprehensive, and has long write-ups for each school. There is a front section for each school, listed alphabetically within each state, and a back section with detailed profiles of selected institutions.
Fiske's guide is interesting, but he basically has something good to say for each school, so careful reading between the lines and for "damning with faint praise" is called for.
The Yale Insider's Guide is extremely subjective, with different students writing various reviews. We did not find it too reliable, except in conjunction with other books.
Likewise for Barrron's Guide to the Most Competitive Colleges. Recent alumni write of their (invariably positive) experiences. Take it with a grain of salt, or read carefully between the lines.
Choosing the Right College by ISN was extremely helpful. Some readers criticized it for being allegedly right wing. We did not find it so. Rather, knowing the point of view of the authors helped us evaluate their observations. Other books do not make their biases explicit. A feature of the book we found particularly helpful was the naming of excellent professors and departments in each college.
Antonoff's College Finder was interesting only in conjunction with other books.
Three books written from the perspective of college admissions officers were very interesting and helpful. They are The College Admissions Mystique, by Mayher, Getting In, by Bill Paul, and most of all A is for Admission by Michelle Hernandez. We strongly recommend that parents and the kids who are the applicants read at least one of these.
Another very helpful book was You're Gonna Love This College Guide, by Marty Nemko. It takes the student through the decision process of big vs. small, urban vs. country, elite vs. the level just below, geography, and so forth. That really got our daughter unstuck in her thinking process.
Loren Pope is another helpful author for those who think that not getting into Harvard is the end of the world.
Three books we did not find to be particularly helpful are Getting Into Any College, by Jim Good and Lisa Lee, The National Review College Guide, by Charles Sykes and Brad Miner (too out of date), and The Real Freshman Handbook, by Jennifer Hanson.
One book we found to be unexpectedly useful was Getting Into Medical School Today, by Scott Plantz, et. al. Even if your child is not interested in medical school, this book puts college in perspective for any post-college program.
We hope readers find our review helpful.