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Choosing the Right College: 2008-2009: The Whole Truth about America's Top Schools (Choosing the Right College) [Paperback]

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Evaluates the academic life, political atmosphere, and social conditions at more than one hundred of the top colleges and universities in the United States.

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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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Pages   1000
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 7" Height: 2.3"
Weight:   3.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 15, 2007
Publisher   Intercollegiate Studies Institute
ISBN  1933859237  
ISBN13  9781933859231  

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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

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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
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

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
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

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

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

Baylor University
UC Berkely
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

Trinity Western University
Tyndale University College

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