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All-American Colleges: Top Schools for Conservatives, Old-Fashioned Liberals, and People of Faith [Paperback]

By John Zmirak (Editor)
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From the publishers of "Choosing the Right College" comes a brand-new guide that provides personal, in-depth profiles of 40 highly recommended schools and programs.

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Since it published its first college guide in 1998, tens of thousands of parents and their college-aged children have come to depend on ISI for informed and independent judgments of the prevailing intellectual, political, and social environments at America's top colleges and universities. With this brand-new guide, "All-American Colleges: Top Schools for Believers, Conservatives, and Old-Fashioned Liberals, " ISI provides a crucial supplement to its critically acclaimed "Choosing the Right College." While "Choosing the Right College" covers America's elite private and public institutions, many of them hotbeds of politicized instruction and saddled with anemic curricula, in "All-American Colleges" ISI's editorial team provides personal, in-depth profiles of forty "highly recommended" schools and programs. At each of these diverse institutions, students who identify themselves as religious believers, conservatives, or old-fashioned liberals will find programs that connect in a special way with the core values of the American founding and the vibrant intellectual traditions of the West--schools and programs that are, in fact, often transformative. Based on fresh, extensive interviews with students, faculty, and administrators, the profiles in "All-American Colleges" extend ISI's coverage of contemporary academia to accentuate the positive--while including necessary caveats about the unfortunate aspects of each school. The result is a unique new guide that parents--and buyers of "Choosing the Right College"--will not want to miss.

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All-American Colleges: Top Schools for Conservatives, Old-Fashioned Liberals, and People of Faith by John Zmirak has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Reference and Research Bk News - 02/01/2007 page 219

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Item Specifications...

Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 7" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 2006
Publisher   Intercollegiate Studies Institute
ISBN  1932236880  
ISBN13  9781932236880  

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More About John Zmirak

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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

John Zmirak currently resides in New York, in the state of New York.

John Zmirak has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Bad Catholic's Guides
  2. Politically Incorrect Guides (Paperback)

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An excellent starter guide for learning more about and possibly choosing a higher-education institution   Jun 9, 2007
Compiled by Intercollegiate Studies Institute, All American Colleges: Top Schools For Conservatives, Old-Fashioned Liberals, and People of Faith is a practical, no-nonsense profile of fifty colleges especially suitable for prospective students with specific values and educational goals - ones who seek learning grounded in concepts of liberty, and education as an enrichment in the process of understanding what it means to be a "good" or "free" person. In other words, institutions that are not so radicalized as to attack fundamental concepts such as abstract truth or disinterested, unbiased scholarship. The medley of schools surveyed include a broad range of religious colleges, as well as secular schools for conservatives and "old-fashioned" liberals in the tradition of John F. Kennedy and George McGovern. From Catholic colleges to Southern military academies to Quaker and Mennonite schools to evangelical Christian universities, All American Colleges spans the gamut of faiths and interests. Each school profile offers vital statistics (enrollment numbers, freshman retention rate, graduation rate, courses with fewer than 20 students, etc.), lists of what courses all students are required to take, several pages summarizing what the college offers and the nature of its environment. An excellent starter guide for learning more about and possibly choosing a higher-education institution with good old-fashioned moral values.
A Thinking Student's Guide  Dec 15, 2006
"All-American Colleges: Top Schools for Conservatives, Old-Fashioned Liberals, and People of Faith" is the MOST comprehensive survey of reliably solid colleges ever compiled.

John Zmirak takes the reader beyond the hollow U.S. News ratings (based on such superficial factors as enrollment, retention rates, etc.) and gets to the heart of each featured institution. Small colleges that would never appear in U.S. News actually feature more motivated faculty, students, and administrators than large state university monstrosities. Zmirak reveals these hidden gems with exceptional honesty, depth, and clarity.

The writing is accessible and a fair substitute for a campus visit, if your reading is supplemented by additional research. Zmirak is the Arthur Frommer of great institutions of higher education.

Choosing a college is the most important decision many students will ever make. If you look at the transfer rates, you'll notice that many mess it up. You can read Kaplan, Princeton Review, and all the rest but only Zmirak's book will help you make the RIGHT choice the FIRST time.

Take a glance at what a year (or more) of wasted education will cost you and I think you will agree that this book is money well spent. If you are going to college because it's the thing "to do", don't waste your time with this book. But if you are going to college to learn and live among the rising thinkers of your time, you cannot afford to omit this book from your reading list!
Sift through the mess of liberalism  Dec 15, 2006
As the majority of state colleges move more and more to the left, indoctrinating students with their own brand of beliefs, its important, as a conservative, for me to attend a school that is private and morally sound. This book is the perfect guide for finding out which colleges are conservatively sound. That doesn't mean that these centers of higher ed. are going to shove conservatism into your heads, but rather, you can rest knowing that they won't inappropriately preach extreme political beliefs.

It's very well organized and researched. ISI really knows its stuff!
A great guide!  Dec 2, 2006
The ALL-AMERICAN COLLEGE GUIDE is a great review of colleges. Zmirak's reviews of the colleges that I am familiar with have been right on. This is another great guide by Zmirak that doesn't leave room for false expectations or hidden surprises. This guide answers a lot of questions, covering areas that I wouldn't have even thought to ask about.
Real reviews of real schools for real people  Dec 1, 2006
As I flipped through the reviews in All American Colleges, what first came to mind was why have I never seen anyone else review schools like this before? It's so obvious that the criteria used to evaluate the schools (spelled out in the beginning) is what actually matters in considering where to go to school, that all other guides are exposed to be the silly things they actually are. If simply knowing what SAT thresholds your child must cross to get in, you will be dissapointed how little attention is givin to this and other meaningless things we as parents have been told to use to "check schools out". All the things a real person would actually want and need to know, are covered instead in a smart, thorough manner. The curriculum, the social, political, religious climate...all are addressed in substantive ways. Eventhough these are schools the editor is recommending, the schools don't get free passes. Weak points are addressed. The inspiring essays in the beginning are worth the price of the book alone, even if you have no intention of actually going to school. They are a macro guide to what education is and has always been to those who value learning that will sustain there child through life. While the sub-title suggests this book is for conservatives and cavemen in that lineage, only a fool, fundamentalist, or Gothic dressing Wiccan would be turned off by this book. There's nothing else like it, nothing even comes close as a substitue.

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