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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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27. Learning in a Crowd

When you’re surrounded by all these people, it can be even lonelier than when you’re by yourself. You can be in a huge crowd, but if you don’t feel like you can trust anybody or talk to anybody, you feel like you’re really alone.

—Fiona Apple, singer

One of the greatest fears that many incoming freshmen have about attending large universities is that they will be treated like numbers. It’s only natural for them to wonder whether they will get lost in the academic shuffle.

Many of them unfortunately do. According to a study by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, only 28% of students at public universities graduated in four years. The number improved to 58% for the six-year graduation rate.

There are ways ...

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