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.
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