Selecting the perfect college can be complicated. The sooner you begin researching and thinking about you college decision, the better off you will likely be. You may have read books on everything from financial aid for college tuition and private loans for college to test prep tutoring and college dorm life, but at the top of your college reading materials should be the guides that give you a better idea about what college is right for you. Remember, however, that your time is limited, and that means finding the best books are key. Let’s take a look at couple of available options and see how they stack up!
Isn’t a book like this one outdated almost as soon as it is published? Secondly, it is also important to note that these rankings are very arbitrary and a bit more ridiculous than it might seem at first glance. After all, who are the people that really make the decision as to what are the “top schools” or the “top” anything. You can see the problem.
Another issue with Students’ Guide to College: The Definitive Guide to America’s Top 100 Schools Written by the Real Experts, the Students Who Attended Them is that it by its very nature, it ignores career paths. A given school may not be ranked in the top 100 per se, but it may have a great department that is ranked near the top and is respected in its field. This does matter, especially if you are a student or the parent of a student that isn’t likely to get into a top school. Or perhaps you just can’t afford to pay the ridiculous prices that many top schools are now requesting.
It would be easy to dismiss this book outright, but that would be a mistake. Despite its flaws, it does have something to offer prospective college students. There are lots of college guides on the market, and while this doesn’t go straight to the top of the list it is, nonetheless, a worthy entry, especially for those who dream of attending a top-ranked school.
Try and ignore the fact that a “complete idiot” should probably not bother with college and just go along with the Complete Idiot’s Guide on this one. This isn’t a bad book; however, it lacks the punch and weight of many other college guidebooks. The competition in this area is just too intense for this book to come out on top. When contrasted against its competitors, it seems pretty average and perfunctory at best. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to College Survival by Laurie Rozakis does cover some territory that other books might ignore, but it’s just not enough. Further, many readers will likely feel as though the book is just a bit to fluffy to be highly effective.
Ultimately, there are many “guidebooks” on this topic, and one has to be careful as to how much weight to put into any of them. The real point of this article isn’t that one guidebook is better than another, but that you shouldn’t treat any of these kind of books as a de facto bible designed to tell you which college or university that you should select.
Finding the right college or university for you is based on a variety of factors and you as a person. In the end, you might have to use guidebooks like the two we examined here just to cover the basics, as your personal situation will obviously be more complex than what can be put in a guidebook. Remembering this factor will increase the chances of getting into a college or university where you will be happy and this will, in turn, increase your chances of success.