Colleges that Change Lives

I borrowed the 2000 edition of this book from my public library, but based on a peek inside the table of contents of Colleges that Change Lives, it looks like the list of forty superb yet not-so-selective colleges remains pretty much the same for the 2012 version (perhaps because after the book first came out, the colleges Loren Pope identified committed themselves to maintain the excellence). I know impressive graduates from several of these colleges, like colleagues who went to Hampshire, Clark, Wheaton, and St. Olaf; other friends who are artists who went to Hampshire, Clark, Kalamazoo and Reed; a musician from Rhodes. I love the premise that you can get a better-than-Ivy preparation at these small colleges that really want you even if you’re┬ánot an A-student. The author also spends a chapter on learning differences and suggests that you should let the college know when you apply if you have a diagnosed learning difference. I know folks who have done so and folks who have not. How did it work out? If you are still pre-collegiate with a learning difference, what do you think you of this advice?

Although you can learn a great deal from the website, I would suggest reading the book for tidbits like which two are the most “intellectual” in the U.S. or which one has produced more scientists than Princeton for about 80 years.