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College Rankings Exposed by Paul Boyer

College Rankings Book Review College Rankings Exposed, by Paul Boyer Hardcover – 235 pages (2003) Thomson Peterson’s The title of this book, College Rankings Exposed, and the cover, which shows a college grad being manipulated by a gigantic, unseen puppeteer, are provocative. Some people will buy this book expecting to find out about skullduggery in ...

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Due Diligence in College Selection

Okay. Let’s say that you’re a a rising high school senior, or even a rising junior who is thinking heavily about where to go to college. Maybe you’re the parent of a senior or junior and you’ve been pondering this whole college selection process for some time. Well, it’s now time to think about due ...

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Relative Value in Colleges

We’ve been having some power outages in our area over the past several months. Maybe it’s due to the strain being put on the regional grid by all the air conditioning people are using. This summer (as I write this) has been the hottest in many years. In my experience, it has been the hottest ...

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Where The Brains Are

Do you live in a “brainy” part of the country? I happen to live in a small community about 50 miles away from a gigantic Big 10 university. The overflow of brain power from that school has covered my region and I can see evidence of both intellectual and artistic traits manifesting here. When you ...

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Best Values in Public Colleges

Most times it’s hard to think of the term “value” when it comes to college. The astronomical rise in higher education costs relates more to the Misery Index than to a best-buy mindset. So, what else is new? Things are tough out there. However, there are ways to chisel some costs from those money-monster bills ...

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Top-10 Toughest Colleges to Get Into

I’m taking bets on when the first American college will go below a 5% overall acceptance rate. Any takers? After that milestone, I’ll be taking wagers on when the first college will hit 1%. Finally, the betting pool will take on the momentous first decimal-point acceptance rate school. Won’t some future group of first-year admits ...

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What Studies Show that Elite Colleges Are Worth the Cost?

Question: Can you direct me to any studies that support what I will call the “reputational difference” of attending an “elite” school. My son is applying to UPenn, Princeton, Stanford, WashU, Northwestern as well as a few smaller private institutions. The cost to attend these “elite” schools is $25K – $30K higher than these smaller ...

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College Rankings: The Exceptional & The Train Wrecks

It’s that time of year again. College rankings come out. Of course, the Big Daddy of college rankings is the highly controversial U.S. News edition, which debuts late summer every year. This year, though, there may be a new contender for controversy: the CollegeGuide.org rankings. Why so controversial? Well, how about this statement about one ...

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Going to A Top Party School?

Toh-GA! Toh-GA! Toh-GA! Another year. Another Top-10 party school list. Time to dust off that Animal House DVD for another viewing. In my view 99% of colleges are party schools. I can’t quote a source on that opinionated statistic, but I’m probably in the ballpark. Take a quick look at the storied histories of American ...

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The Value of A College Degree: Another View

It seems as though almost every week a new article comes out questioning the value of a college degree. Most of the articles discuss ROI (Return On Investment) and student loan debt. I’ve written about this argument before here in Admit This!. Yesterday, I made a post on the College Confidential discussion forum about the ...

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