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The college guide that changed college guides, this revised and updated edition of ISI's critically acclaimed Choosing the Right College
is perfect for those students—and their parents—who want an independent, truthful assessment of what is really happening at 134 of the nation's top schools. Unlike other college guides, which provide irrelevant statistics and officially approved opinions extraneous to the quality of education a school provides, the one-thousand-page Choosing the Right College
covers the things that matter most.
The ISI guide also provides specific advice on which professors to seek out—and which courses and departments to avoid.
As an exclusive feature, Choosing the Right College advises students which courses they should take at each school to provide themselves with a true core curriculum. This unique build-your-own-core feature is one more reason that Choosing the Right College has become the most valuable and trusted college guide on the market for students seeking a genuine liberal education.
This 2008-09 edition includes essays on thirteen institutions not previously covered: Agnes Scott College, Case Western Reserve University, Centre College, Fordham University, George Washington University, Gettysburg College, University of King's College (Halifax), Lehigh University, Occidental College, University of Rochester, Trinity Western University (British Columbia), University of Tulsa, and Union College.
What They're Saying...
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— Bob Cheeks, The Intellectual Conservative
"Lacking the goofiness and "party hearty" atmosphere of the Princeton Review "best colleges" book, and far more detailed on topics that matter to biblical Christians, traditional Catholics, and other conservatives than the Barron's guides, this is the book you need if you plan to attend an elite college without graduating as a politically correct zombie who knows nothing (at least nothing good) about his or her own civilization."
— Practical Homeschooling
“An indispensable guide to the atmosphere on various college campuses, and the presence or absence of a real curriculum, is a book titled Choosing the Right College. It is head-and-shoulders above all the other college guides. Among other things, it tells you which colleges have a real curriculum, rather than a cafeteria of courses, as well as the kind of atmosphere each campus has.”
— Thomas Sowell, nationally syndicated columnist
"If prospective students and their families want a critical look at what is taught at America’s most powerful and celebrated schools, Choosing the Right College may be their only guide.”
— World Magazine
“A godsend for anyone who wants to know how to beat the academic establishment and actually get an education.”
— National Catholic Register
"Choosing the Right College is aimed…at exposing the political biases of academe, the prevalence of permissive sex and the lack of core curriculums to prospective students and their parents."
— New York Times
"Some students may feel flattered that Harvard, Yale, or M.I.T. seems to be dying to have them apply. But the brutal reality is that the reason for wanting so many youngsters to apply is so that they can be rejected… What you really want is not the "best" college but the college that fits you best. For that you need in-depth information, not statistical rankings. For such information, you could start looking up colleges in the 900-page guide, Choosing the Right College."
— National Review Online
"…provides insightful and truly helpful information on college selection for prospective college students and their parents. This advice includes the basic courses that student's should take to truly have a core curriculum as well as specific advice for each college on which departments excel (as well as those that do not) and professors to seek out."
— Shannon Graff Hysell