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A Subscription to the Jewish News.
tions, but unfortunately it only
covers 50 schools.
Fiske Guide to Colleges is
much like The Yale Daily News'
Insiders Guide (see below). It of-
fers vital statistics and a two to
three-page wrap-up for each
school. However, this guide is
preferable to Yale's because of its
attractive layout, its inclusion of
social and academic ratings, and
its quotation of students talking
about their schools.
The guide covers all the bases
of student life, including politics
and race relations, with a frank
representation of the good and
the bad. Fiske also offers index-
es of schools by state and by price.
For a comprehensive, honest, ex-
perienced discussion of schools,
this guide is the best.
Fiske's is written by Edward
Fiske, former New York Times
education editor, who has creat-
ed a mini-empire of college guides
bearing his name.
Lovejoy's College Guide for
the Learning Disabled, one of
many Lovejoy's college guides,
an aspect of the school, including
both positive and negative stu-
dent comment. Also included are
vital statistics and a list of what's
"hot" and what's "not" for each
school. For a brief, balanced im-
age of the school, this book could
be the best.
But don't let the book's title fool
you. Princeton Review is in no
way affiliated with Princeton
University. It's an educational
service located in Princeton, N.J.,
that also produces test prepara-
tion guides and other education-
Princeton Review's Visit-
ing College Campuses pro-
vides very valuable information
about how to arrange the all-im-
portant college visit. This book
eliminates almost any excuse not
to visit a school by offering infor-
mation on transportation options,
driving directions, hotel accom-
modations, local attractions, cam-
pus tours, interviews, class visits
and overnight dorm stays. Be
forewarned, though, that this
guide will not provide you with
much information about the
schools themselves, just about
Do you want the
The Hillel Guide to Jewish
Life on Campus, produced by
facts and just the
the B'nai B'rith Hillel Founda-
tion, seems to be the main guide
for substantial information on the
Jewish side of college campus-
es. It gives information about
standards and types
each of the 450 schools in the
United States, Canada and
abroad "where Jewish student in-
and activities are served
Or a summary of
by professional or volunteer staff,"
student life and
the guide says. For each of the
schools, it offers general and Jew-
ish populations, the address of
the Hillel or campus Jewish life
office, and often a description of
special features of interest to Jew-
The guide also describes
could be a great resource if only kosher food options, what kinds
it went a few steps further. As it of religious services are offered,
is, it provides the same general and the extent of the Jewish stud-
factual information about each ies program and Israel study-
school as other guides, compli- abroad programs. This fall, Hillel
mented by a list of available sup- will co-publish with Princeton Re-
port services for learning disabled view a more extensive guide, in-
students like availability of tu- cluding more schools, academic
tors, whether or not the school information and an expanded list
has a learning center on campus, of summer opportunities for Jew-
special course offerings, permis- ish students. It will be available
sibility of oral tests and avail- in bookstores.
ability of note-takers.
The Yale Daily News' In-
A more comprehensive dis- siders Guide to the Colleges
cussion of each school's capabil- claims to be "the only college
ity of assisting learning disabled guide written by students, for stu-
students would make this book dents." Produced by the staff of
more helpful. Still, it's a decent Yale's student-run daily news-
paper, it devotes two to three
Princeton Review's The pages to each school, including vi-
Best 306 Colleges gives each tal statistics and a description of
college and university two pages, most aspects of student life. While
posing the question, "What do not exhaustive, the guide does
students think about (name of the profile a lot of well-known, large
school)?" The responses are sub- and/or prestigious schools. More
divided into five categories: Aca- direct quotes from students
demics, Life, Students, Ad- would have given the book more
missions and Financial Aid.
personality, but overall, this book
Each section also summarizes is worth perusing. ❑