Item description for America's Best Colleges for B Students: A College Guide for Students Without Straight A's (America's Best Colleges for B Students) by Gen Tanabe Tamra B. Orr...
High school students who get average grades in high school and don't ace the SAT or ACT discover that an exceptional college education is by no means beyond their reach in this guide. Along with information on what to look for in a college and what colleges look for in their students besides grades, this college reference provides details on more than 75 colleges that make it a point to help students who have not achieved a stellar GPA and includes information on whether colleges feature extra tutoring, help from professors, and distance-learning programs. Advice on the application process emphasizes the schools that look beyond GPA to the extracurricular activities and community involvement at which many average students excel. Quelling both students' and parents' fears about finding a good education with a less-than-perfect academic record, this guide makes it clear that it is always possible to find an excellent education.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.8" Width: 7" Height: 1" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2007
Publisher Supercollege, Llc
ISBN 1932662227 ISBN13 9781932662221
Reviews - What do customers think about America's Best Colleges for B Students: A College Guide for Students Without Straight A's (America's Best Colleges for B Students)?
Solid information on college options Aug 25, 2008
I'm writing about the newest edition of this book, not the old one that others seemed to have reviewed. I found this book to be very helpful, especially with the feedback from admission officers and students. It gives you the confidence you need to apply to a college even if you aren't a straight-A student, and it gives you insight into what the admission officers really want. Most importantly, you will probably learn a thing or two about a college you might not have heard of before or considered.
This Book Gets a C minus Sep 8, 2007
Very limited comments and list of schools. Did they have to pay to get into this? You mean the rest of the schools are either bad or only accept A students? Come on - I want my money back.
Colleges for B students? Sep 5, 2007
I actually think this book should be called A College Guide For "C" Students. For the most part the schools were not put forward in a way that made them look at all appealing. Not nearly as helpful or hopeful as Loren Pope's book, "Colleges That Change Lives"
Okay, but there are better guides Apr 4, 2007
I feel that this guide might be misnamed. B students at strong schools where most of the students are college-bound probably could go to "more reputable" schools than the ones listed here. Not that reputation is important in itself, but one thing that's usually true is that a school that is hard to get into will (usually) have students who have better study habits, and your child's peers have a lot more influence over how seriously he or she takes his/her education than pretty much anything. For the most part, I think a B-minus or C student could have more luck with this guide than a solid B student.
However, there is a better guide for the "mid-range" student called Finding The College That's Right For You by John Palladino. (Again, probably most appropriate for students with an average lower than a strong B to C+ or C) It's much, much more thorough than this title and defends its reasons for choosing the colleges it recommends very well. This book (Tamara Orr's) is very spotty when it comes to discussing the individual schools. Some of the entries (such as Auburn's) are informative while others are too short and unhelpful.
I think Orr's book can be useful. For students who are not secure about their chances of getting into college at all, who are scared they'll fail out of college, or who just don't want to go, this book offers some confidence boosting advice in the front section. Also, while this book includes a few schools that are well-established as great choices for students who need nurturing as well as good enough for A students(such as Eckerd, Goucher, Agnes Scott, Guilford), most of the schools are ones that aren't listed in the other guides. Therefore, it can be a supplement to Finding The College That's Right For You or Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope.