Item description for Choosing the Right College 2006: The Whole Truth about America's Top Schools (Choosing the Right College) by John Zmirak...
Touted by nationally syndicated columnist Thomas Sowell as ?by far the best college guide in America,? ISI?s Choosing the Right College: The Whole Truth about America?s Top Schools serves as an essential reference for prospective students and their parents. Unlike other college guides, which too often read like jumbles of statistics laced with quotes from university public-relations brochures, Choosing the Right College is independently researched and written by journalists and scholars, and covers the things that truly matter most: the presence or absence of a core curriculum, the strength of distribution requirements, the prevalence of politics in the classroom, the state of free speech on campus, student living arrangements, the quality of teaching and student advising, crime, and freshman orientation. The ISI guide also provides specific advice on which professors to seek out?and which courses and departments to avoid. An annual publication, the 2006 edition of Choosing the Right College has been thoroughly revised to reflect the ongoing changes and the impact of significant controversies at each of the more than 130 featured colleges and universities?including new entries on the U.S. service academies and Southern Methodist University. And, as an exclusive feature, Choosing the Right College advises students which courses they should take at each school to provide themselves with a true core curriculum. This unique build-your-own-core feature is one more reason that Choosing the Right College has become the most valuable and trusted college guide on the market for students seeking a genuine liberal education.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 2" Width: 6.75" Height: 8.75" Weight: 3.35 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2005
Publisher Intercollegiate Studies Institute
ISBN 1932236600 ISBN13 9781932236606
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More About John Zmirak
John Zmirak is an editor, college teacher, screenwriter, and political columnist. He is author of the popular Bad Catholic's Guides, Wilhelm Ropke, and The Race to Save Our Century: Five Core Principles to Promote Peace, Freedom, and a Culture Of Life. His essays, poems, and other works have appeared in First Things, The Weekly Standard, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, FrontPage Magazine, The American Conservative, The South Carolina Review, Modern Age, The Intercollegiate Review, Commonweal, and The National Catholic Register, among other venues; and he has contributed to The Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought and American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia. He edited a number of popular guides to higher education and served as press secretary to Louisiana Governor Mike Foster. His columns are archived at www.badcatholics.com.
John Zmirak currently resides in New York, in the state of New York.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Choosing the Right College 2006: The Whole Truth about America's Top Schools (Choosing the Right College)?
Choosing a college-start with a book, then interact with the school Feb 8, 2008
John Zmirak's "Choosing the Right College" provides an interesting collection of useful information on a selection of the leading US universities/colleges. Students and parents might find it a helpful tool to understand these specific schools. At the same time-- when a campus visit is either premature or impractical (geographic distances)- I can recommend a "virtual college fair" called CollegeWeekLive (www.collegeweeklive.com) which lets students and parents, guidance counselors connect and interact with admissions staff, undegrads at 200+ colleges/universities and watch videos of live presentations from admissions experts. There are lots of great tools to help in this process.
THIS BOOK IS FOR CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN FANATICS. May 25, 2007
This book contains reviews that are blatantly slanted against liberals of all kinds. It jeers at colleges and universities that have, support, or require courses in ethnicity, women's studies, african studies, or gay and lesbian studies. There is little tolerance for liberals in the authors and it shows in their reviews of some of the best colleges in the country. There is unhindered sarcasm in the voice of the authors, who are obviously right wing christian fanatics who believe things like feminism, sexual intercourse, and non-white people are all threats to America. This book is a shameful scar on the face of America. Because of its right wing bias I cannot give it more than one star, and even that is giving it too much credit. I urge you, there are better, more tolerant college guides out there.
THERE IS NO BETTER COLLEGE GUIDE THAN THIS ONE Dec 20, 2006
AS A GRADUATE OF NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY & USC, I HAVE NOT SEEN A BETTER COLLEGE GUIDE THAN CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLLEGE BY ISI BOOKS. CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLLEGE DOES ANNUAL UPDATES & REPORTS ARE GIVEN BY "IMBEDDED STUDENTS" ON CAMPUS MATTERS, POLITICAL LEANINGS OF THE COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY, GAY/LESBIAN ACTIVITY, TYPES OF PARTIES OFFERED, & BOTTOM LINE... ARE PARENTS & STUDENTS TRULY GETTING THEIR MONIES WORTH. OTHER GUIDES DON'T ADDRESS THESE CRUCIAL ISSUES.
Narrow Market Aug 20, 2006
Choosing the Right College is a helpful guide book but it is directed to a specific market. The selection of schools is a bit random. The insights are mostly helpful; however, this book seems to be written for parents and their teens who are interested in attending colleges that are friendly to their ideological preference. Don't expect to see all major state or public universities. Interesting but not thorough. If you have money to spend, buy it; otherwise, look for a more complete guide.
Great minus the narrow mindedness of authors Aug 12, 2006
Initially, I did like this college guide when looking for colleges. It wasn't the fluff seen in the Princeton Review or Yale Guides (which seem more like an extention of the school guides than something which might actually be helpful in picking a college). However, on my second reading, I realized that Choosing the Right College was well, just that: a guide to choosing the RIGHT (as in right wing) college. Anything that isn't focused on and doesn't glorify Western Civilization is somehow not serious. If a college has a core that just happens to require a course on diversity (even if the other 99% of the core is focused on Western Civilization and topics like Math and Science), the core is no longer "serious" and you'll be advised to send Johnny to a place where he never has to know that there is whole other world outside of the West and Japan (for some reason, the authors didn't mind courses on Japan). According to the authors, learning about gender is wrong and thus no one should ever think about taking a course on gender. Also, learning about race and class is not even remotely scholarly. If you major in something African American studies and Latina Studies, then you aren't a serious student. Thus, you'll get the impression that just about half of all the most prestigious colleges (Harvard, Amherst, Oberlin, Berkeley just to name a few) are not "real" academic institutions but places for liberals to air their political views and stiffle academic progress. Yeah, right. I'm all for learning about Socrates, Hobbes, and Kant but it isn't a crime to also be exposed to Confucius, DuBois, or Al-Ghazali.
Also, I got the impression that they didn't always thoroughly check out their info. It said that the group, Sister of the Round Table at Colgate was a political group. I went to Colgate and can tell you right now that the group does nothing political. It's a social group for Black and Latina women that meets every week. It's really not that different that an ethnic organization on campus. I guess the name must've really threw the author for a loop.
If you want a good guide get the Fiske guide. It's been trusted for years and doesn't have the agenda of promoting Western ideas as the only ideas that are worthy of being taught in colleges and universities.