For Students, Parents, and School Counselors…

By publishing Inside Honors, we hope to reach students, parents, and counselors who want and need more detailed information about the leading public honors programs in the country. Although the new edition is 489 pages long (in e-format), embedded hypertext will make it easy to find information about any of the fifty programs.  A print version of 409 pages is available as well.

Readers who only want to see ratings of one or two programs, and quickly, can now purchase individual programs here.

For students, we not only show stats about actual graduation rates, actual class sizes, curriculum, and prestigious undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships, but we also discuss the academic strengths of each university and important information about honors housing and other honors benefits, such as priority registration.

We also enable parents, who are understandably very concerned about cost and value, to consider our excellence impact data that shows the extent to which the honors program in a given university has a higher rating than the perception of the university as a whole, as measured by U.S. News. Another term for this data is “value-added impact.” It is a fact that many universities that do not rank highly in major national surveys also have some of the best honors colleges and programs in the country. Parents need to have some way of assessing the profound impact that honors education can have.  We also include information about National Merit Scholarships.  In addition, we rate the honors dorms for each honors program, using data from our map searches (to estimate distances from dining halls, classroom buildings, etc.), and rating the dorm rooms according to the features and configurations they offer.

School counselors have the enormous responsibility of advising students and parents on the suitability of a university, based on matching test scores and academic records with the admission requirements of prospective colleges. The Review, therefore, places each of the fifty programs in a category that fits the actual SAT/ACT and GPA requirements.  The new edition also reports on the numbers of class sections offered by each program, by academic discipline.  Thus you can see whether a given program, for example, offers only a few honors math sections, limited honors physics sections,  a lot of honors seminars, or mostly departmental honors sections that may include large numbers of non-honors students.

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