Choosing the Right College 2010-11: The Whole Truth about America's Top Schools

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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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Using on-campus sources to turn up the best—and worst—aspects of leading schools across the nation, CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLLEGE is at once an insider’s guide to almost 140 leading American colleges and universities and a high-minded mentor on how to obtain a serious education at virtually any institution of higher education. ISI’s editorial team analyzes the quality of curricula, the rigor and vigor of major academic departments, and the intellectual freedom that prevails—or not—on each campus. CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLLEGE reveals which schools have vital intellectual atmospheres, safe campuses, and wholesome living arrangements, and which ones don’t. And it names names, recommending specific professors from whom to take classes and advising readers on which buildings ought to be avoided entirely—if possible.

 

These features and many others have made CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLLEGE the most trusted guide on the market for prospective college students interested in obtaining a genuine liberal education in a healthy environment.

 

With a new introduction by Walter E. Williams, this 2010–11 edition has been entirely updated and revised to reflect the current state of play at each institution.

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Definitely not your typical college guide, this very selective one is limited to institutions that “have a required liberal arts core curriculum.” It includes the top 40 most selective national universities and top 40 most selective liberal arts colleges (according to U.S. News), then adds about another 60 schools across the country. Arrangement is geographic and then alphabetical by institution. New England has the longest section, followed by the Mid-Atlantic, the South, the Midwest, the West, and Canada (Trinity Western). Each entry includes boxes showing vital statistics, academic requirements, and suggested core (if any). Essays running 6–10 pages focus on academic and student life and include comments by students, graduates, and professors. As in the foreword, these often show a conservative slant. “Red Light,” “Yellow Light,” and “Green Light” sidebars are also used. For example, Duke’s “Red Light” warns that a Sex Workers Art Show was performed on campus in 2008. Schools are also evaluated based on how closely they compare to the guide’s eight “suggested core” courses—classical literature, ancient philosophy, the Bible, Christian thought before 1500, modern political theory, Shakespeare, U.S. history before 1865, and nineteenth-century intellectual history. Some entries even say “no suitable course” if an acceptable one isn’t available. Comments may be blunt and even sarcastic, but they do give a feel for the colleges included. It’s quite a change from more objective handbooks and perfect for parents and students who want to avoid a liberal university philosophy. --Susan Gooden

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