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Colleges Worth Your Money: A Guide to What America's Top Schools Can Do for You Paperback – 15 April 2020

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  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 334 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1475853963
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1475853964
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A top guide to higher education choices, Belasco's book is a succinct, affordable, and highly readable resource to suit the individual student looking for the perfect collegiate match. Candid summations identify the most sports- and Greek-crazy campuses and the prime majors for academic depth and future earnings. Coverage of student aid, counseling and recruiting services, top employers, and retention rates point high school seniors and transfer students to the best deals. Tidbits of data--the high crime rate around Wake Forest University, Notre Dame's Catholic background, Yale's music and drama opportunities, Memphis biking lanes, immense enrollment of the University of Washington at Seattle, progressive perspective of Oberlin College--enlighten families to peripheral aspects of campus life. Lacking from overviews are details of gender safety programs, especially the size of security forces. A superb choice for high school libraries and counseling offices, homeschoolers, and public libraries. Young Adult Collections: College-bound teens will find well-presented information to help inform their decisions.--Booklist

With some colleges now charging $300,00 for a single bachelor's degree, you need to be smart, alert, skeptical and armed with facts to know if your dream schools are not only worth the price, but will prepare you for a high-paying job after graduation. In an easy-to-digest way, Colleges Worth Your Money is an innovative and invaluable resource that will provide you with answers to make the best possible college decisions. With so much at stake, I'd urge you to use this book as your college lifeline.--Lynn O'Shaughnessy, nationally recognized college expert, TheCollegeSolution.com

A comprehensive and digestible guide for individual top colleges and universities that doesn't just focus on who attends, but how and what they do upon graduation, this puts information at the fingertips of students and parents so they can make better college choices.--Michael B. Horn, author, "Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life"

A refreshing combination of data and insight, this guide provides families with critical information that can often be difficult to locate or discern. Colleges Worth Your Money not only answers key questions but will also prompt families to ask important ones as they research, visit, and ultimately select from their college options.--Rick Clark, author, "The Truth about College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together"

Colleges Worth Your Money focuses on what truly matters for today's students as they look for their best fit schools.--Lynda McGee, award-winning college counselor, Downtown Magnets High School, LA

In my view, a college's retention rate is the single most informative statistic when assessing a college- the higher the percentage the more it says that both the student and the college made a very good choice. Colleges Worth Your Money recognizes this along with a host of other key metrics essential to making a well-informed choice of where to apply and enroll. While there is no guarantee that you will retain through graduation, consulting this richly researched guidebook will give you a much better chance than just counting on instinct.--Bill Conley, vice president, enrollment management, Bucknell University

The authors of Colleges Worth Your Money have taken over 70 data points for 150 schools and skillfully woven them into a narrative that helps you really get to know each school. This exceptionally rich resource focuses on things other guidebooks don't, so students can find the college that is right for them. I recommend this book to both parents and students as an informative and accessible resource that will help students take ownership of the college search process and give parents the confidence that their students have the right information to make informed choices.--Lynn Abrahams, PhD, learning disabilities specialist; co-host "College Parent Central" podcast

About the Author

Andrew Belasco, PhD, is a higher education researcher, counselor, and CEO of College Transitions, an education consulting firm. His work has been published in the nation’s top higher education journals and featured in dozens of media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Forbes, CBS Money Watch, and NPR, among others.  Andrew is also the co-author of The Enlightened College Applicant: A New Approach to the Search and Admissions Process (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). Dave Bergman, EdD, has over a decade of professional experience that includes work as a teacher, high school administrator, adjunct professor, and independent education consultant. As co-founder of College Transitions, Dave oversees the collegetransitions.com weekly blog, reaching an audience in the tens of thousands and also writes for news outlets including the Charlotte Observer and phillyburbs.com. Dave is also the co-author of The Enlightened College Applicant: A New Approach to the Search and Admissions Process (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). Michael Trivette, Ph.D., has over a decade of experience in the higher-education field, including college admissions, enrollment management, intercollegiate athletics, student support services, and student life. Michael’s research centers on postsecondary student access issues, and his dissertation work involved state and national policies concerning college access for undocumented students.

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The authors, who hold PhDs in higher education, deftly communicate the nuances of navigating the college selection process. While the book is steeped in research and well-cited, it is rooted in welcome pragmatism to help understand how to make smart choices with a costly and life-altering decision. The book serves as a dispassionate guide as you explore various colleges on your journey with its wealth of data and analysis on admissions, outcomes, and resources. If you're looking for a shrewd, directional analysis by higher education experts 'Colleges Worth Your Money' is worth every dime.
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