Greenes' Guides to Educational Planning: Inside the Top Colleges: Realities of Life and Learning in America's Elite Colleges

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The competition for admission to the best colleges keeps getting tougher.

  • There are 12.5 million college undergraduates. Fewer than 90,000 attend the top twenty-five colleges.
  • Ten prominent institutions -- eight Ivy League schools, Standford, and MIT -- enrolled 1 percent of all entering freshmen, representing one-third of the highest academic achievers and test-takers in the nation.
  • There has been a substantial rise in applications to elite colleges and universities. In 1999
  • Harvard received 19,000 applications -- including 2,900 from high school valedictorians -- for the 1,600 spaces for the class of 2003
  • Stanford received more than 17,000 applications for 1,550 places; and
  • Princeton received 14,875 applications for 1,694 places

    Based on a survey of more than 4,000 current students at twenty of the country's top colleges

    Academic reputation is the number-one reason students apply to Ivy League schools, but are they prepared for the host of other factors that will affect their success on campus? Inside the Top Colleges breaks through the "halo" of prestige surrounding the nation's elite schools to reveal what the quality of education and daily life is really like on these campuses. Every institution has its strengths and weaknesses; this book examines those factors that can result in a highly positive college experience or a potentially negative one. Students speak out on

    The Top five advantages of an elite education

  • Intellectual confidence
  • Foundation for future self-education
  • New intellectual and social perspectives
  • Social connections
  • Business/career connections

    The top five student suggestions

  • Reduce class size
  • Increase diversity
  • Increase faculty accessibility
  • Provide better counseling
  • Review core curriculum

    At all these colleges, students complained about the stress of the workload and the cost.

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    With serious crime, race, union strikes, soaring costs among the issues on Ivy League campuses, there is clearly a gap between how Americans perceive elite colleges and how they really are. In The Select, Howard Greene breaks through the halo effect to get to the truth of what life is really like at these universities.

    Using advanced polling techniques, extensive focus groups and one-on-one in-depth interviews with students, Greene explores the crucial yet often ignored issues about the academic experience the price of a prestigious education; dating and social life; safety on campus; alcohol, drugs and eating disorders; political activism and correctness; and diversity and racism, in order to give parents and students a better overview of what to expect from America's top colleges.

    This indispensable guide will break new ground and provide lasting reference for applicants and parents alike.

    About the Author:

    Howard R. Greene, M.A., M.Ed., is a former admissions officer and member of the faculty board of advisers at Princeton University. As the nation's foremost educational consultant, Howard has counseled more than 25,000 students over the past thirty years. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he holds master's degrees from Harvard and New York University. He is the founder of Howard Greene & Associates, an educational consulting firm with offices in Connecticut and New York. He lives in Wilton, Connecticut.

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