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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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Cracking the Secrecy

The annual survey discusses results only in broad terms. In one survey, for instance, freshmen at liberal arts colleges were more likely to participate in class discussions and to view their professors more positively than other institutions. In another finding, freshmen at research universities were more likely to belong to a learning community than other types of institutions.

The most recent survey concluded that students will typically boost their performance in college if they participate in at least two “high-impact” activities while in school with preferably one occurring in their freshman year. Here are those desirable activities: Belonging to a learning community, participating in undergraduate research, studying ...

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