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Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013 - Review

Dec 30, 2012


The "Fiske Guide to Colleges" Is a good place to start when embarking on your journey in finding a good college. Fiske books have a long tradition of putting out comprehensive guides for helping up and coming college students and their parents select  and prepare for college. With over 2,000 colleges to pick from in the U.S. ti's hard to sort through them all. Fiske has solved this problem and narrowed the search down to the 320 most important colleges in the nation.

This comprehensive 848 page book describes 320 colleges in detail with 1,000 to 2,500 word detailed descriptions of each school. You will find an interesting in length discussion of the college campus and list of all the courses and degrees the college specializes in. Background information about acceptance rates, enrollment, and retention rates. A rating system for academics, social scene and quality of life is given. 

I like the "Fiske Guide to Colleges". Each college has a well written easy to read listing with much detail included like SAT score data, religious affiliations, sports, and college specializations. It's organized and clear layout lends itself to scanning quickly or more purposeful reading. 

Organization of information is one of Fiske's strong points. The 320 colleges are listed by state and country, price range, and private-public.

Each college has a complete essay that includes descriptions of academics, campus setting, student body, financial aid, housing, food, social life, and extracurricular activities.

There also is a listing where Fiske organizes each college by its strength in Architecture, business, art, journalism, engineering, dance, television, drama etc.

You'll find both the good and bad about a school. The result is not just a fact filled dry book but through the text you will get the feel of the college your reading about. Picking a college isn't just about the numbers, it is also about the human touch. Fiske specializes in describing the personality of a college.

With so many colleges Fiske takes a lot of criticism for not including more colleges in this book. You will find the shortcoming of just finding a lot of East and West coast colleges with many Midwest colleges missing. 

The "Fiske Guide to Colleges" is not as comprehensive as some other college guides in the number of colleges it covers, but it does cover many things other books don't. Is the Fiske book worth the money? It is if you need a book that gets down into the details and important things any college student needs to know about perspective colleges.

Here are some reviews from Amazon.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful in the college search process August 6, 2012
Format:Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase
The Fiske guide is very helpful in both the information that is given and the organization of each college review. The comments by students give a different perspective than the other guides. Although the Best Value list is helpful, I wish there was a sort function associated with the Fiske Guide. (Perhaps there is an on-line guide that I haven't found yet.) Despite the large number of schools in the guide, it is not complete. Still, it's the best of those college guides I have read.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful August 9, 2012
Format:Paperback
A friend recommended this book to aid the college search with our son. It is well-organized and packed with information. My son has NOT been interested in the college process, but he actually started paging through this book and got pulled into comparing things like the male/female ratio and quality of life ratings at different schools. It's a start!

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