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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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24. The Allure of Liberal Arts Colleges

Families believe that if their teenagers don’t attend highly selective, name-brand colleges, they won’t be successful. It reminds me of Groucho Marx’s quote, “I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member,” but this is not based in reality at all.

—Martha “Marty” O’Connell, executive director, Colleges That Change Lives

My daughter was in middle school when she started talking about colleges. One night at dinner, she told my husband and me that she wanted to attend the University of California, Berkeley, or maybe UCLA.

We knew why she focused on these state schools. Her friends were talking about them. We happen to live in California, where, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education ...

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