Colleges Worth Your Money: A Guide to What America's Top Schools Can Do for You

Andrew Belasco (Author) Dave Bergman (Author)
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Colleges Worth Your Money: A Guide to What America's Top Schools Can Do for You is an invaluable guide for students making the crucial decision of where to attend college when our thinking about higher education is radically changing. At a time when costs are soaring and competition for admission is higher than ever, the college-bound need to know how prospective schools will benefit them both as students and after graduation. Colleges Worth Your Money provides the most up-to-date, accurate, and comprehensive information for gauging the ROI of America's top schools, including: In-depth profiles of 150 of the top colleges and universities across the U.S.; Over 75 key statistics about each school that cover unique admissions-related data points such as gender-specific acceptance rates, early decision acceptance rates, and five-year admissions trends at each college. The solid facts on career outcomes, including the school's connections with recruiters, the rate of employment post-graduation, where students land internships, the companies most likely to hire students from a particular school, and much more. Data and commentary on each college's merit and need-based aid awards, average student debt, and starting salary outcomes.

Product Details

$19.99  $18.39
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publish Date
April 15, 2020
8.5 X 11.0 X 0.7 inches | 1.71 pounds

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About the Author

Andrew Belasco, Ph.D., a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard University, is CEO of College Transitions, an educational consulting firm and a co-author of The Enlightened College Applicant: A New Approach to the Search and Admissions Process (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). His work has been published in the nation's top higher education journals and featured in dozens of media outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Time, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and NPR Dave Bergman, Ed.D. oversees the blog and Dataverse, reaching an audience in excess of one million readers annually. Dave is also the co-author of The Enlightened College Applicant: A New Approach to the Search and Admission Process (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). Michael Trivette, Ph.D. is a co-founder of College Transitions and has experience working within the University of North Carolina System and the University System of Georgia. His research has been published in Educational Policy, Review of Higher Education, The Journal of Higher Education, and the Journal of Education Finance.


A refreshing combination of data and insight, this guide provides families with critical information that can often be difficult to locate or discern. Colleges Worth Your Money not only answers key questions but will also prompt families to ask important ones as they research, visit, and ultimately select from their college options.--Rick Clark, author, "The Truth about College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together"
A comprehensive and digestible guide for individual top colleges and universities that doesn't just focus on who attends, but how and what they do upon graduation, this puts information at the fingertips of students and parents so they can make better college choices.--Michael B. Horn, author, "Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life"
The authors of Colleges Worth Your Money have taken over 70 data points for 150 schools and skillfully woven them into a narrative that helps you really get to know each school. This exceptionally rich resource focuses on things other guidebooks don't, so students can find the college that is right for them. I recommend this book to both parents and students as an informative and accessible resource that will help students take ownership of the college search process and give parents the confidence that their students have the right information to make informed choices.--Lynn Abrahams, PhD, learning disabilities specialist; co-host "College Parent Central" podcast
Colleges Worth Your Money focuses on what truly matters for today's students as they look for their best fit schools.--Lynda McGee, award-winning college counselor, Downtown Magnets High School, LA
In my view, a college's retention rate is the single most informative statistic when assessing a college- the higher the percentage the more it says that both the student and the college made a very good choice. Colleges Worth Your Money recognizes this along with a host of other key metrics essential to making a well-informed choice of where to apply and enroll. While there is no guarantee that you will retain through graduation, consulting this richly researched guidebook will give you a much better chance than just counting on instinct.--Bill Conley, vice president, enrollment management, Bucknell University
With some colleges now charging $300,00 for a single bachelor's degree, you need to be smart, alert, skeptical and armed with facts to know if your dream schools are not only worth the price, but will prepare you for a high-paying job after graduation. In an easy-to-digest way, Colleges Worth Your Money is an innovative and invaluable resource that will provide you with answers to make the best possible college decisions. With so much at stake, I'd urge you to use this book as your college lifeline.--Lynn O'Shaughnessy, nationally recognized college expert,