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The 2015 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges guidebook offers comprehensive advice for high school students and their families on researching their college choices, narrowing down a smart shortlist, putting together a slam-dunk application and finding the money once you’re in. Find out how colleges are overhauling their programs to make sure students succeed, what you n The 2015 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges guidebook offers comprehensive advice for high school students and their families on researching their college choices, narrowing down a smart shortlist, putting together a slam-dunk application and finding the money once you’re in. Find out how colleges are overhauling their programs to make sure students succeed, what you need to know now to increase your chances of getting a job later and how to negotiate the best possible financial aid package. You’ll also get our new exclusive college rankings. Discover the country's best universities, liberal arts colleges, regional colleges and universities, historically black colleges and universities, and undergraduate engineering programs and business programs.


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The 2015 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges guidebook offers comprehensive advice for high school students and their families on researching their college choices, narrowing down a smart shortlist, putting together a slam-dunk application and finding the money once you’re in. Find out how colleges are overhauling their programs to make sure students succeed, what you n The 2015 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges guidebook offers comprehensive advice for high school students and their families on researching their college choices, narrowing down a smart shortlist, putting together a slam-dunk application and finding the money once you’re in. Find out how colleges are overhauling their programs to make sure students succeed, what you need to know now to increase your chances of getting a job later and how to negotiate the best possible financial aid package. You’ll also get our new exclusive college rankings. Discover the country's best universities, liberal arts colleges, regional colleges and universities, historically black colleges and universities, and undergraduate engineering programs and business programs.

48 review for Best Colleges 2015

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    If anyone close to you is contemplating going to college in the next few years, this book is a must have. US News and World Report has been providing college & university rankings for over 30 years; published in a magazine format, it includes a wonderful guide on how to study the schools. One of my favorite sections was called "Take A Road Trip" which highlights schools in Missouri, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. The real purpose of the book, however, is their rankings of the schools. Four pa If anyone close to you is contemplating going to college in the next few years, this book is a must have. US News and World Report has been providing college & university rankings for over 30 years; published in a magazine format, it includes a wonderful guide on how to study the schools. One of my favorite sections was called "Take A Road Trip" which highlights schools in Missouri, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. The real purpose of the book, however, is their rankings of the schools. Four pages are devoted to explaining the methodology to the rankings. Schools can fall within 7 categories: Best National Universities, Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, Best Regional Universities, Best Regional Colleges, Best Historically Black Colleges, Best Business Programs and Best Engineering Programs. There's also a great bonus section on online programs (which are ranked, of course!) It's rounded out by 6 articles on how to get accepted in the college of your choice and another 6 articles on financing -- and that was just the first half of the book. The second half has a directory of colleges & universities with info and data on tuition, admissions, undergraduate populations, popular majors, financial aids, and (most helpful) freshman profiles that include exam scores and high school class ranks. I was fortunate to have received this free through Goodreads First Reads but the relatively low price (9.95 from the publisher, also available electronically)is a small price to pay for the guidance.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    What to say about the gold standard for college rankings? The methodology for ranking is explained. Comprehensive lists of schools and numerous statistics are listed for the following: Best National Universities, Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, Best Regional Universities, Best Historically Black Colleges, Best Business Programs, Best Engineering Programs, Best Online Degree Programs,and A+ Schools for B Students. In addition to the rankings, the book (a magazine really) provides articles on What to say about the gold standard for college rankings? The methodology for ranking is explained. Comprehensive lists of schools and numerous statistics are listed for the following: Best National Universities, Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, Best Regional Universities, Best Historically Black Colleges, Best Business Programs, Best Engineering Programs, Best Online Degree Programs,and A+ Schools for B Students. In addition to the rankings, the book (a magazine really) provides articles on topics such as financial aid advice, admissions advice, online education, competency based programs, the new SAT, and a gap year. I didnt agree with the highlighting of a few schools in the "Take a Road Trip" articles. Althought I enjoyed these sections because they gave me some insight into the culture of those schools, it seems grossly unfair to see these 12 schools selected for profiling. Though clearly there are issues inherent in the practice and methods involved in assigning a college/university a number rating, the reality is these rankings exist and have far-reaching effects. Thus, if you are embarking on the college search it seems reasonable to at least peruse the rankings and then determine for yourself how much credence you want to give them, and how important the rating is to your selection process.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Akilah

    I won this from Goodreads! Great book, lots of great information. The articles are the real standout here. After reading through the book, my daughter (a sophomore) has seriously started considering a gap year and knows that a small liberal arts college is probably best for her. I also like that there are regional and state rankings since she has very particular ideas about where she wants to live while she studies. All in all, a handy resource. I recommend it for anyone who is starting to resear I won this from Goodreads! Great book, lots of great information. The articles are the real standout here. After reading through the book, my daughter (a sophomore) has seriously started considering a gap year and knows that a small liberal arts college is probably best for her. I also like that there are regional and state rankings since she has very particular ideas about where she wants to live while she studies. All in all, a handy resource. I recommend it for anyone who is starting to research colleges.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erica Thompson

    I won this book in a great reads giveaway. As a high school teacher and counselor I love having resources in my classroom for my students. Although, this book is not definitive it provides a great starting point for many seniors and juniors as they take the next step in college applications.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Skye

    Lots of good information about college. Good reference. I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

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