Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about College

he landmark college guide that introduces forty of the best institute you 've no heard of—now completely revised and updated

Choosing the right college has never been more important—or more difficult. For the latest edition of the classic college guide, Hilary Masell Oswald conducted her own tours of top schools and in-depth interviews, building on Loren Pope 's original to create a totally updated, more expansive work. Organized by geographic region, every profile includes a wealth of vital information, including admissions standards, distinguishing facts about the curriculum, extracurricular activities, and what faculty say about their jobs. Masell Oswald also offers a new chapter on how students with learning disabilities can find schools that fit their needs. For every prospective college student searching for more than football and frat parties, Colleges That Change Lives will prove indispensable.

ully revised and updated by education journalist Hilary Oswald, Colleges That Change Lives remains the definite guide for high school students ( and their childre) who are looking for more in their college education than football, frat parties, and giant lectures. Building on foundation of landmark author Loren Pope, Oswald spent more than a year visiting 40 colleges, speaking with students, faculty, and alumni to create these vivid and concise portraits.

Featuring a new introduction, a new Required Reading section, and thi new chapter on learning disabilities, the novel is organized into five geographic regions ( Northeast, South, Midwest, Southwest, Northwest) to make for easy browsing, and urban, suburban, and rural campuses are all featured. There ’ s also an alphabetical index of colleges. Each profile includes admissions standards as well as relevant statistics to make your decision easier, including where the school ranks in post-graduate grants and fellowships, what percentage of students go on to graduate school or further education, distinguishing facts about the curriculum, percentage of professors who have terminal degrees in their field, even what activities are available to students and what they ’ re likely to do on weekends.

From the look and feel of the campus, quality of dining hall food and extracurriculars to the percentage of students who study abroad, average SAT scores, and educational philosophy, Oswald anticipates the questions you ’ ll have and provides the answers ( and if you ant to feel more, there ’ s a section with contact information for every profiled school). You shoul not heard of many of these schools, but after reading Colleges That Change Lives you ’ ll be dying to visit yourself.

With more than 150,000 copies sold and 24 printings, Colleges That Change Lives remains the definite college guide book for discerning students. Whether you ’ ve got straight A 's and have always known you ’ ll go on to higher education or you ’ ve got a mediocre transcript but suddenly find yourself interested in college, this is he book for you.
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Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges
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Published August 28th 2012 by Penguin Books (first published September 1st 2000

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he book coul only work for a select few of students that can get past the fact that a liberal arts school like Reed College may not be as well nown as Harvard but they are both schools that are changing their students lives for the better.

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And especiall for those 40, his numbers are either very old ( 1996) or getting older ( the mid-2000s edition) .In short, it 's als worth read if you have any interest whatsoever about college choice.

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It is a transformative experience to help a student become an even more focused, contributing professional adult.Pope clearly lays out the case that many elite graduate oriented schools do not add a transformative environment for undergrads, and s do not offer much value to college students except for " brand name " prestige.

Thi is sort of atmosphere you should seek out if you re an undergraduate! There is plenty of time later to " mak your ticket punched " at a prestigious graduate school, particularly if you perform well and gain valuable hands-on experience during college.

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As my oldest looks toward college, I should ’ t expect to mak he information I care most about- will this school nurture her to hav a urious and thoughtful learner?

So I ’ m grateful for this ook, which shares information about liberal arts schools doing just that- many of which I ’ d never heard of before.

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He discourages the Ivies and other large research colleges, noting that: the professors often are more passionate about their research than teaching; classes often are taught by teaching assistants; there is little opportunity for personal relationships between faculty and students; and students do n't expec to work o hard ( and therefore wo n't learn as much) to maintain good grades at such schools.

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Katz, director of Princeton 's Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies who is himself a Harvard University alum, starts off the book.But liberal education outside of the Ivies is alive and well in the four year liberal arts colleges, especially the ones investigated and tracked and monitored by the author over a 30 year period.

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