Don’t rely on any book as the ultimate source of information on a particular college. Do your own research.
Don’t put much weight on U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings because the magazine’s methodology is greatly flawed.
Consider looking beyond brand names to find incredible schools.
When exploring schools, use the list of questions that the National Survey for Student Engagement developed.
Take advantage of free Internet tools to research colleges easily.
Research potential academic majors before shopping for colleges.
Never assume that an academic department is great just because the school’s overall reputation is sterling.
Use press coverage, a department’s own Web site, and easy-to-access online resources when ...