A collection of helpful Liberal Arts websites, books, organizations and other information.
The Selection Process
Companion site to Lynn O’Shaughnessy’s excellent book by the same title. Filled with solid advice on finding and financing the right college experience.
The purpose of the National Center for Education Statistics’ website is to provide clear, complete information about schools based on statistical information. Here you can search for colleges on various search criteria, build a list of potential schools, do side-by-side comparisons, map school locations and even export search results into a spreadsheet.
Center For College Affordability
This organization provides the analysis for the annual Forbes school rankings, this particular study focuses primarily on outcomes and satisfaction criteria, not the typical school reputation criteria used by U.S. News and World Report and others. Much of the weight in this study comes from measures of student satisfaction or post-graduate success. Also taken into consideration is the cost of the schools and debt loads of their students.
SmartSearch is college planning software that combines expertise in financial aid, college admissions and financial planning so parents have a fast, accurate way to estimate: where your child may be able to get in, likely sources of financial aid, and which colleges you can afford based on your family’s resources.
Offers reviews of college professors across the nation. It can give you and your student a good idea of students’ opinions of professors at a college they are considering. The site also provides a list of colleges with the top rated faculty.
Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges
The Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges drives awareness of public liberal arts institutions, consisting of 27 colleges and universities in 24 states and one Canadian province. COPLAC represents many schools that don’t quite have the reputation of private liberal arts colleges. A good site for those looking for a liberal arts quality education at a state university price.
College Board’s BigFuture
Destination for family wanting to learn more about finding and financing college for their kids. Includes an excellent college cost calculator as well – giving you an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) estimate for your family situation.
NY Times Article on Value of Ivy League Degrees
Article entitled, “Children Smart Enough to Get into Elite Schools May Not Need to Bother.” Written by by Alan Krueger. Based on 2000 study.
Sponsored by 1st Financial Bank, this site has plenty of detailed statistics on specific schools.
Managing Debt and Financing
College Affordability and Transparency Center
List of the most expensive state and private schools in the country.
Student Debt Loads and Impact on Families
Article discussing the issues behind growing student debt in the U.S.. It raises new questions about the wisdom of policy that focused on increasing access to higher learning but paid less attention to what happens once students arrive on campus and beyond graduation.
Dedicated to uncovering deceptive student financial aid practices and educating consumers on the ins and outs of student loans. (?)
Scholarship Search Websites
Colleges that Change Lives
A book by best selling author and college adviser, Loren Pope. In this book, Pope advises students to look beyond a school’s market perception to find the right school for a student. Focusing on the advantages of America’s liberal arts colleges, he encourages high school students to apply to schools where they feel they can get the best education, not just schools who would have (or not have) them as students.
The Student Loan Scam
Written by Alan Collinge, a national recognized student loan expert and student loan consumer.
Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You
Written by best selling college authority, Loren Pope. Focuses on finding the best schools for students regardless of a school’s brand name and admission practices.
How to Go to College Almost for Free
Author Ben Kaplan describes how he won two dozen merit-based scholarships worth $90,000 that could be used at schools around the country. If your child is bright and has the grades and scores to prove it, there is real value for you in this book.
The Secrets to Winning a Scholarship
Online publisher of FinAid.com, Mark Kantrowitz authored this book in 20xx.