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Seven Indiana Schools In Latest 'Fiske Guide To Colleges'

Purdue, Wabash listed as "Best Buys" in prestigious guide

7/10/2013

Purdue was listed as a "Best Buy" in the new edition of the Fiske Guide To Colleges (wibc.com file photo)

Seven colleges and universities in Indiana are among those portrayed in the latest edition of one of the country's best known college guides.
 
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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, published by former New York Times education editor Edward Fiske.  Rather than ranking schools as some guides do, Fiske says his goal is to provide a narrative for college-bound students and parents of the 300 "best and most interesting schools" in the U.S.  
 
Seven schools in Indiana are listed in the guide this year - Butler University, DePauw, Earlham College, Indiana University, Purdue, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Wabash College.  Though Fiske does not reveal his criteria for choosing the "best and most interesting" colleges, he says schools are placed in the guide based on several measurements of quality, plus interviews his team conducts with students and graduates of the universities.
 
Two of the schools - Purdue and Wabash - were listed as "best buys" in this year's Fiske guide.  That doesn't mean the schools are cheap.  "I look at schools that are relatively inexpensive and find the ones that have relatively high academic ratings.  These schools have the best value - the most academic quality for your buck," said Fiske.
 
Regardless of whether a person uses his guide, Fiske says a good time to start thinking about which college to attend might be the freshman year of high school, though he would caution that serious consideration of actual schools not begin until a student's junior year.  "Students should use their first two years of high school to build up their transcript, take challenging courses.  That's what will determine what options for college the students have," said Fiske.
 
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