- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Revised edition (August 28, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143122304
- ISBN-13: 978-0143122302
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 203 customer reviews
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Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges Revised Edition
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About the Author
Loren Pope (1910-2008) was education editor of the New York Times in the 1950s. In 1965 he opened the College Placement Bureau in Washington, D.C., to help families of college-bound students make informed choices. He was also the author of Looking Beyond the Ivy League and wrote numerous articles about the college application process.
Hilary Masell Oswald lives in Denver, Colorado, where she writes about education, architecture and design, and public policy. Her work has appeared in Newsday, the Chicago Tribune, Edutopia, and other publications and websites.
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My other beef is that a lot of the outlook about a school will come from the college's president or another chosen administrator.... For every bit of higher quality information, the quotes from such people detracts from Pope's argument for a school. The budget of a student is not necessarily given a high priority either, Hard facts readily available and published in multiple reliable college search books show the exiting debt levels for the average graduate of certain schools (like Univ of Puget Sound) to be extremely high, and percentages of employment within a certain time frame to be relatively low. College isn't all about getting that piece of paper to get a job, but some of the schools showcased in the book are extremes in pricing at this time. Should that be ideal, or rewarded? Extreme debt can certainly "change lives" after graduation. Teens, especially, looking at schools may not fully understand just how hard it can be once the diploma is in hand and the loan payments begin.
This is a good launching point to considering the world of colleges out there, but it shouldn't be the final word.