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The Other College Guide

“A refreshingly down-to-earth approach to deciding what matters when choosing a college.”


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About The Other College Guide

Honest and practical information you need to make sense of the college selection process and carve a path to the future you imagine.

It's a new kind of college guide

Inspired by and including Washington Monthly magazine's signature college rankings.

College has never been more
important—or more expensive

Get an amazing liberal arts education without your parents having to remortgage the house.

Features smartly designed,
engaging chapters

You'll find the best-fit schools and the real deal about money, loans, and the world of work.

Find the school for you

Discover well-rounded campus life for black or Latino students, or if you're the first in your family to go to college.

But that isn't all

The truth about online programs and for-profit colleges, plus fifty profiles of remarkable but overlooked schools.

Buy now!

The Other College Guide is available for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Local Independent Bookstores today.


Pages of Useful Advice


Colleges and Universities Ranked


Great But Overlooked Schools


Helpful Forms and Templates

More About the Book

Popular rankings, such as U.S. News & World Report, mainly measure how rich, prestigious, and exclusive colleges are, but they don’t tell students what they really need to know. The Other College Guide provides a set of guidelines to help students find the right school and excel once they get there.

The guide ranks schools based on the best available data on what really matters: which schools will charge you a fair price and not bury you in debt? Which help students graduate? Which provide degrees that allow you to earn a decent income? In a system that’s confusing and full of trap doors, The Other College Guide is a source of real information designed to help students navigate the process safely and successfully.

Praise for The Other College Guide

A welcome and engaging alternative to typical college guides … a refreshingly down-to-earth approach to deciding what matters when choosing a college.


Diana Natalicio

President, University of Texas at El Paso

Amazing and essential. I've been waiting my entire career for a guide that empowers and supports all students and families.


Joshua Steckel

College counselor and co-author of Hold Fast to Dreams

The Other College Guide is all about students, not school recognition and reputation … a wonderful and crucial resource.


Anthony Lising Antonio

Associate director, Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research

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About the Authors


Jane Sweetland is a former dean at California State University Channel Islands. She lives on the West Coast.


Paul Glastris, a former correspondent and editor at U.S. News & World Report, is currently editor in chief of the Washington Monthly and lives in Washington, D.C. The Washington Monthly has been one of the leading voices of independent journalism since 1969.

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