Item description for Choosing the Right College: 2008-2009: The Whole Truth about America's Top Schools (Choosing the Right College) by John Zmirak...
Overview Evaluates the academic life, political atmosphere, and social conditions at more than one hundred of the top colleges and universities in the United States.
The ISI guide also provides specific advice on which professors to seek out—and which courses and departments to avoid.
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.
This 2008–9 edition includes essays on thirteen institutions not previously covered: Agnes Scott College, Case Western Reserve University, Centre College, Fordham University, George Washington University, Gettysburg College, University of King’s College (Halifax), Lehigh University, Occidental College, University of Rochester, Trinity Western University (British Columbia), University of Tulsa, and Union College.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 7" Height: 2.3" Weight: 3.3 lbs.
Release Date Jun 15, 2007
Publisher Intercollegiate Studies Institute
ISBN 1933859237 ISBN13 9781933859231
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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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Choosing the Right College: 2008-2009: The Whole Truth about America's Top Schools (Choosing the Right College)?
Great Book Aug 23, 2008
This book has been immensely useful in my search for the right university. Of all the books I've looked through, read, even bought, this book was the most accurate in giving me a feel for the schools.
An absolute shoo-in compared to other choosing college books.
Hands down, the best.
Cute read but very bias Aug 13, 2008
The book, though well written, is very bias, especially in terms what it considers "legitimate" academics. In the review of Oberlin college(I'm currently a student) the author seemed to value only the western canons of philosophy, religion, and literature, belittling, and devaluing Oberlin's rich and diverse offerings in non western cultures and literatures. The author also seemed to be dismissive of courses/majors that took a critical look at the world in terms of race, class, gender, sexuality, and class, dismissing them as more or less pitty parties(not his exact words but the words he did use were more or less to that effect-sorry I'm not able to remember the exact words). The other parts of his reviews were either just flat out wrong or half truths at best. Yes, Oberlin does have a alcohol and drug culture(like MANY colleges) but neglected to let readers know that, unlike many schools, there is NO pressure(i.e. if someone offers you drugs/alcohol and you decline they, 9 times out of 10, will not pressure you/ask you again). He also cited Christians would have a hard time-if you're the type to force your ideas upon others in a close minded way then yes you will have a problem here-but that's wilth any philosophy you try to shove down people's throats at Oberlin. I am a practicing Christian and have yet to have a problem here at Oberlin. Also, Oberlin is not a haven for "confusing sexuality" as he painted various events on campus as such. It's is, though very open and very accepting place for many types of people. Oberlin, in a lot of ways, forces you to think critically about issues that are important to this world-many of which are outside the western canon of standards or actually question those standards, and that is what I think the author has a real issues with. While an interesting review, it was definitely not balanced, and very skewed. It might be an OK(at best) addition to a list of other more balanced college books when looking at colleges, but it definitely shouldn't be your be all end all book for college information(nor should any one book really). But even if you include this book in your collection, remember the author definitely has a biased agenda(unlike many other neutral college books) and to take his review with a grain of salt
Good Information With a Conservative Bias Aug 12, 2008
The book is not a bad one. It has plenty of detailed information about lots of schools [mostly moderate to very selective ones] as well as lots of quotes from students. It seems very well researched and provides a good idea of the "feels" of these campuses.
My main problem with the book is that it tends to the conservative side quite a bit. For example, in almost every school review, there is a sentence like, "Of course, there are also a few courses like "Gay and Lesbian Studies" or "Race in Latin America", but most of the offered courses are solid." Many times the author [and there are apparently many] will criticize more liberal colleges [i.e. Swarthmore], claiming that conservative students are treated badly. However, for the more conservative colleges [i.e. Texas A&M], there is no such criticism.
Remember that the books partner guide is "Choosing a Conservative College". Good info, just take it with a grain of salt.
A Thoughtful Beyond the Hype Guide to Colleges May 2, 2008
This is an excellent guide, because it analyzes the curricula of the universities or colleges, to determine whether or not, a true liberal arts education is being fostered. This guide offers insightful analysis and evaluation of the schools, beyond the obvious hype and mindless college summaries, common in the many other directories, such as "the students work hard, but also play hard". In addition, the book evaluates whether or not free speech and political tolerance is honored at the school for all shades of the political spectrum. In summation, this is a very helpful and useful guide to understand what is happening in the classrooms and on the campuses to promote true education and open dialogue or whether free speech is suppressed by a left-wing bias or by overly zealous professors bent on indoctrination and intimidation. There is no other guide on the market that addresses these important questions. One note, however, it is not a comprehensive guide and primarily only the better or well-know schools are evaluated.
Too selective Apr 29, 2008
I was worried about this when I bought the book. It only gives reviews on about 130 colleges, leaving out all the ones my daughter was interested in--most of them being large, state universities. Maybe this was mentioned somewhere, but I didn't see it. It would be helpful if we knew which colleges were reviewed before buying.
FYI, these are the ones they review:
New England: Amherst College Bates College Boston College Boston University Bowdoin College Brandeis University Brown University Colby College Connecticut College Dartmouth College Harvard University College of the Holy Cross MIT Middlebury College Mount Holyoke College Providence College Smith College Thomas More College of Liberal Arts Tufts University Wellesley College Wesleyan University Williams College Yale University
Mid-Atlantic: Bard College Barnard College Bryn Mawr College Bucknell University Carnegie Mellon University Catholic University of America Colgate University Columbia University Cooper Union Cornell University Fordham University Georgetown University George Washington University Gettysburg College Grove City College Hamilton College Haverford College Johns Hopkins University Lafayette College Lehigh University New York University University of Pennsylvania Penn State Princeton University of Rochester St. John's College Seton Hall University Swarthmore College Union College United States Military Academy United States Naval Academy Vassar College Villanova University
South: Agnes Scott College Auburn University Centre College Christendom College Clemson University Davidson College Duke University Emory University University of Florida Furman University George Mason University University of Georgia Georgia Institute of Technology Hampden-Sydney College Louisiana State University University of Mississippi Morehouse College University of North Carolina Oglethorpe University Rhodes College University of the South Spelman College Tulane University Vanderbilt University University of Virginia Wake Forest University Washington and Lee University College of William and Mary Wofford College
Midwest: Calvin College Carleton College Case Western Reserve University University of Chicago Franciscan University of Steubenville Grinnell College Hillsdale College Indiana University University of Iowa University of Kansas Kenyon College Macalester College University of Michigan University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Northwestern University University of Notre Dame Oberlin College St. Olaf College University of Tulsa Wabash College Washington University in St. Louis Wheaton College University of Wisconsin
West: Baylor University BYU UC Berkely UC LA UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara California Institute of Technology Claremont Colleges University of colorado at Boulder Colorado College University of Dallas Gonzaga University Occidental College Pepperdine University Reed College Rice University University of Southern California Southern Methodist University Stanford University University of Texas at Austin Texas A&M University Thomas Aquinas College United States Air Force Academy Whitman College
Canada: Trinity Western University Tyndale University College