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Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That Is Best for You

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Smarten Up—It's Time to Choose the Right College
Think that your life's growth, success, and happiness depend on which college you attend? The higher-profile school, the better, right? Wrong! Neither is true.
Written by, yes, a Harvard grad, Harvard Schmarvard rebuts the perception that image is everything when it comes to college and emphasizes this simple fact: What you wi
ebook, 304 pages
Published April 23rd 2009 by Three Rivers Press (first published March 11th 2003)
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Manisha Kaura
I think that this book's utility is limited to those who wish to pursue medical, music, or non-profit careers.

I knew I was going to pursue medicine and entrepreneurship after college, so turning down the "prestige" of Penn for my "low-ranked," Christian college, was a non-issue for me. I knew I'd get the pre-req classes done wherever and exceed the requirements wherever I went, and I did so. This book was helpful to me because it allowed me to understand that "college brands" are not responsibl
More college advising background information.
Worth reading, I suppose, although I didn't think much of the way it's written and found it repetitive at times. Nothing really earth-shatteringly new. As opposed to Loren Pope, Mathews favors larger schools.
Final list of 100 schools a bit haphazard and I'm not sure I'd put much weight in what one advisor at some obscure high school said... presumably there were more opinions behind the recommendations, but that's not how it feels. More harmony in th
Recommended to me by the admissions director of a top notch liberal arts college as his favorite guide, this book simplifies the college admissions process, cuts through needless hysteria, and helps families focus on what matters (goodness of fit) and what doesn't (name value). It is a good general overview that you can pair with a more specific guide that describes individual institutions by area of interest, etc.
Read this when Max was getting ready to look for colleges. It really was a wake up call to help Max think about what works for him and not just what society sees as "the best".
Butch Hamilton
One of the few how-to college books that I would recommend for high school students. Insightful and funny. Be sure to read Jay Mathews Washington Post articles.
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