The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges

The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges
Students On Campus Tell You What You Really Want To Know

This is a reference book for students in the process of looking for a college. The book was researched and written by the staff of the Yale Daily News  so it’s written for high school students by their peers.

A couple of chapters at the beginning of the book deal with things to think about when finding a college, such as  advice about the college application and interview process and different views on the SAT or ACT. There was also a section reviewing the pros and cons of a small or large school.

After that, the book is divided by state and provides candid student feedback at each school about the campus environment, professors, classes, dorm life, weekend events, and student diversity. The reports are very informative and give you a good feel for what life would be like on each campus. At end of each school review, a FYI section is provided that tells the reader what a typical weekend schedule is like, what one thing they would change, and three things every student at that school should do before graduating.

The beginning of each school section has facts about average SAT scores, cost and most popular majors. However, if you want more information regarding academics at each school, this book does not provide that.

The guide covers just over 300 colleges and were chosen based on  quality of education and range of extracurricular options. They include schools from all 50 states as well as Canada, and have included a good number of large as well as small schools.

Overall, I found this book to be informative. I got a lot out of the first few chapters, as it contained good information regarding things to think about when choosing a school as well as the application process.

Although it was written with the high school student in mind, I think parents would benefit from it as well when guiding their son or daughter.  Much of the information from the student’s perceptive at each school was also interesting and informative. However, I think students looking at colleges will go to the Internet or their fellow classmates to get this information.

The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges

39th Edition 2013

Compiled and Edited by the Staff of the Yale Daily News

St. Martin’s Griffin New York

Price: $24.99  


Easy to Read  5
Quality of Illustrations
Appealed to Both Boys and Girls  5
 I Would Purchase This For My Family 
 I would Purchase This As A Gift 
 I Found Information in The Book Helpful  4
 Overall Rating

Meet the Reviewer!

Lisa Martin is a new resident of

Northern Virginia. She is married

and has two boys ages 13 and 16.  


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