College Rankings

Book Review: Princeton Review’s Best 331 Colleges

Princeton Review’s Best 373 Colleges, 2011 Edition This perennial best seller is a quick-and-easy guide to learning some “inside” subjective opinions about hundreds of American colleges and universities. I’ve been a fan of this book as a college search tool for many years. Why? Well, I like the quotes gathered from real students at the ...

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College Rankings: Good, Bad, Or Ugly?

Love ’em or hate ’em, college rankings seem to be with us forever. And even those among us who claim to despise the rankings are often the first to devour the latest editions as soon as they hit the streets. So what’s good about rankings, and what are their pitfalls? College Confidential is here to ...

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The Gourman Report

The Gourman Report (officially Gourman Report of Undergraduate Programs, 10th Edition: A Rating of Undergraduate Programs in American and International Universities) takes a boldly different approach. Instead of ranking schools by overall quality (whatever that is), Dr. Jack Gourman ranks the best English programs, the best Chemistry departments, etc.—everything from Accounting to Zoology. Gourman used ...

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Second Tier Colleges

Shedding Tiers:  The Dean Says, “Why Use U.S. News Rankings When You Can Make Your Own?” The second-tier college scoop. I may not be a real dean, but I play one on College Confidential. I write the “Ask the Dean” column for CC, and I do often call upon bona fide admissions directors when I ...

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