The Insider's Guide to the Colleges, 2012 Students on Campus Tell You What You Really Want to Know, 38th Edition

Compiled and Edited by the Staff of the Yale Daily News

St. Martin's Griffin



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1024 Pages



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The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges has been, for 38 years, the most relied-upon resource for high school students looking for honest reports on colleges from their fellow students.

Having interviewed hundreds of their peers on more than 330 campuses and by getting the inside scoop on everything from the nightlife and professors to the newest dorms and wildest student organizations, the reporters at the Yale Daily News have created the most candid college guide available. In addition to the well-rounded profiles, this edition has been updated to include:

* Essential statistics for every school, from acceptance rates to popular majors
* A “College Finder” to help students zero in on the perfect school
* FYI sections with student opinions and outrageous off-the-cuff advice

The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges cuts through the college brochures to uncover the things that matter most to students, and by staying on top of trends, it gives both students and parents the straightforward information they need to choose the school that’s right for them.


Praise for The Insider's Guide to the Colleges, 2012

“Invaluable in choosing and getting into a college.”—Chicago Tribune
“Savvy parents and students hold this book to be a must-read.”—New York Daily News

“Student-written profiles in The Insider’s Guide . . . are lively and informative and strike the tone of a college pal offering advice.”—Rolling Stone
“Who better to tell prospective students about life at college than current students?”—Boston Herald
"As intimate as a late-night chat in a dorm room.”—The Atlantic Monthly

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Auburn University

Address: Quad Center Auburn, AL 36849
Phone: 800-282-8769
E-mail address:
Web site URL:
Year Founded: 1856
Private or Public: Public
Religious Affiliation: None
Location: Suburban
Number of Applicants: 17,798
Percent Accepted: 69%
Percent Accepted who enroll: 34%
Number Entering: 4,160
Number of Transfers Accepted each Year: 1,980
Middle 50% SAT range: M: 520–630, CR: 500–610, Wr: Unreported
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  • Compiled and Edited by the Staff of the Yale Daily News

  • The Yale Daily News is produced by the undergraduates at Yale University. It has been serving the university and New Haven, Connecticut, since 1878.

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