In this new edition, we publish extended excerpts from recent surveys of students and alumni and sample admissions essays to bring you the inside scoop on a unique group of colleges and universities that is redefining academic prestige and is maintaining record-breaking application numbers. These schools make up an eclectic mix of large state universities and small liberal arts colleges from around the country. The survey comments cover the following areas:
- Employment prospects
- Quality of life
- Social life
The guide is intended to serve as a complement to other references to colleges and universities currently available that utilize school-reported data. Unlike those guides, Vault's Buzz Books (which also include the Complete Ivies Buzz Book, College Buzz Book, Business School Buzz Book and Law School Buzz Book) are composed almost entirely of information provided directly to Vault from students and alumni.