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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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Hidden Gems

Even with the promise of anonymity, many schools, including those in the Ivy League, have spurned participating. It’s easy to see why the Ivies, which can coast with the traditional ranking methodology, would shrink from an analysis. It’s tough to do well in all five benchmarks, and many of the schools that have succeeded aren’t the ones that create admission frenzies. In one year of findings, which began in 1999, these were the only schools that aced all five benchmarks:

  • Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin

  • Centre College, Danville, Kentucky

  • Elon University, Elon, North Carolina

  • Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia

The easy part, thanks to the NSSE’s Web site, is finding the names of all the schools that participate in the yearly ...

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