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Foreword Preface Zeroing in on Your Schools Chapter 1: Brace Yourself Chapter 2: Make a Match Doing Research Chapter 3: Insist on Academic Substance Chapter 4: Look for Serious and Responsible Teaching Chapter 5: Understand Campus Culture and Dorm Life Chapter 6: Get the Facts on Drinking and Socializing Chapter 7: Put A Premium on Free Speech Chapter 8: Aim for Four Years and Out Chapter 9: Learn the Real Cost (by Dr. Richard Vedder) Chapter 10: Visit with Eyes Open Remaining Involved Chapter 11: Stay Connected Chapter 12: Conclusion: Jump Right In! Postscript: Take Action Acknowledgments Selecting a College Checklist Appendix A Appendix B Endnotes

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Anne D. Neal has spent more than two decades advancing higher education reform, first at the National Endowment for the Humanities and then at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University.


Every prospective college student and parent should be grateful that Anne Neal wrote this book! She shows clearly how to evaluate the school itself and not just the nice brochure: how to find out what is - and is not - actually taught in classes; the real deal on financial aid; why to avoid "party schools" altogether; how to find out if actual faculty teach courses or whether teaching is routinely handed off to doctoral candidates, and more. No one should invest four years or more and tens of thousands of dollars or more without Ms. Neal's expert guidance. -- Tom Rollins, Founder, The Teaching Company

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