Choosing the right college, 2004: the whole truth about America's top schools
Since the first edition appeared in 1998, the ISI college guide, Choosing the Right College: The Whole Truth about America's Top Schools, has served as an essential reference resource for prospective students and their parents. Unlike other college guides, which too often read like paraphrases of university public-relations brochures, Choosing the Right College is an independently researched and written volume that covers the things that matter most, such as core curricula, campus crime, student living arrangements, the quality of teaching and student advising, freshman orientation, the good professors students should seek out, and the courses and departments they should avoid. This, the 2004 edition, has been thoroughly revised and rewritten. It has also been expanded to include 125 of the nation's top private and public colleges and universities. As with previous editions, the editors provide candid assessments of the state of each school's academic curriculum, political atmosphere, and campus life. But in this edition, students are also told which courses they can take at each school in order to provide themselves with a true core curriculum. This build-your-own-core feature helps make the 2004 edition more useful than ever for the student and parent seeking a genuine liberal arts education.
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