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College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy

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Stressed and sleepless, today's high school students race from school to activities in their most competitive game of all: admission to a top-ranked, prestigious university. But is relying on magazine rankings and a vague sense of "prestige" really the best way to choose a college? Is hiring test prep teachers and consultants really the best way to shape your own education ...more
Paperback, 205 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Harvard University Press
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Lauren
Oct 03, 2007 Lauren rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone with a hand in the college admission process
I'll admit that I started this book with a feeling of guilt that I hadn't gotten to it sooner - this series of essays came out in 2005 and this book, along with the Education Conservancy, has been a hot topic in my profession ever since. Seeing that I'm the first to review it on Goodreads, however, makes me feel a little bit better.

Much of what's covered in College Unranked won't be new to folks who work in college counseling or higher education. Everyone knows that stress and hype surrounding t
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Lisa Lepore
Mar 31, 2015 Lisa Lepore rated it really liked it
Wish it was more varied in terms of who speaks---perspective from someone who works for a community college would be nice. It's mostly those in elite places lambasting the elite places. But there's some good stuff here.

Michael Beseda of Saint Mary's College of California writes about the best college application essay he read in 23 years. Here it is: "I want to learn." And even though the student had mediocre grades, they accepted her because they believed her. She flourished. Beseda also quote
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Io
Jan 07, 2014 Io rated it it was ok
As with any collection of essays, some are stronger than others. Nevertheless, I found this to be an overall lackluster collection. Some of the essays are marginally interesting, others are existentially philosophical opinion pieces, and others are so boring I forgot them as soon as I read them. Disappointing.
Devon
May 24, 2008 Devon rated it really liked it
I found a lot of new ways to explain Hampshire (and the college process in general) through reading this. I'd encourage anyone involved in the college admissions process to at least give it a skim.
Stevenson Hill
Sep 17, 2012 Stevenson Hill rated it really liked it
very revealing and very helpful if you are sending a kid off to college I recommend this book it opened my eyes to the marketing hype and seemingly profit motivations of the College Board
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Shelves: work-related
Great collection of essays from big names in the 'biz'.
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