Coe College named one of "America's Best Kept College Secrets" in new guidebook

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2011-08-26 10:59:11 - General

Coe College has been named as one of “America’s Best Kept College Secrets” in a new guidebook.   Written by an expert in college admissions, Peter Arango, the book includes 70 leading colleges and universities from around the country.

The book, entitled “America’s Best Kept College Secrets: An Affectionate Portrait of Outstanding Colleges and Universities,” focuses on higher education institutions that share several important characteristics:  each is a superior institution – exciting, challenging and welcoming; each one has an excellent reputation and is highly regarded by those who know colleges; each has favorable retention rates; and each is a college or university of quality interested in applicants from outside its region.

The lively and informal guide offers an uncommonly candid appraisal of each college's culture - what it feels like to live and work on each campus.  Profiles include large universities, liberal arts colleges and institutes of technology.

According to the book, “Coe is an academic school and its students study hard; they also have plans for the future.  A clear commitment to preparation for the world of work is reflected in the provisions of the Coe Plan.  The ‘Coe Plan’ obviously assumes that college graduates may want to be employable – a delicious hypothesis.”

In further describing one of the key preparation programs at Coe, Arango reports, “The Coe Plan offers students the opportunity to learn from industry and academic professionals at such work sites as Walt Disney World, the State Department, and the Seattle Zoo. Students have the opportunity to follow their research to institutions and agencies in the Unites States and to laboratories in China, Germany and the United Kingdom.  Coe is also affiliated with the Washington Term and the New York Term, making well-organized off-campus experiences available to students in virtually any major.”

Arango has been working in the field of college admissions for 40 years, during which time he has counseled hundreds of students and families. He is an editor of the “Houghton Mifflin Guide to U.S. Colleges and Universities,” a contributor to numerous publications, and a frequent presenter at workshops on preparing for the college search. Currently, Arango lives in Carpinteria, Calif., where he holds the Littlefield Chair in Humanities at Cate School.

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