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Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 Best Buys

Fiske-2014-Best-BuyFor the last 30 years, the #1 bestselling Fiske Guide to Colleges has chosen a select group of schools, noted for quality academic offerings and affordable cost, for its annual Best Buy list.

The tradition continues with the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014, comprised of 22 public and 20 private colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and the UK.

Former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske takes several factors into account when determining which institutions are Best Buys, including:

  • four-or five-star academic ratings,
  • inexpensive or moderate price category,
  • and quality of student life on campus.


How Best Buy Schools Are Selected

As Edward Fiske explains in the 2014 Fiske Guide:

One of the lesser-known facts of life about higher education in the U.S. is that price and quality do not always go hand in hand. The college or university with the jumbo price tag may or may not offer a better education than the institution across town with much lower tuition. The relationship between the cost paid by the consumer and the quality of the education is affected by factors ranging from the size of an institution’s endowment to calculations by college officials about what the market will bear.

In the face of today’s skyrocketing tuition rates, students and families in all economic circumstances are looking for ways to get the best value for their education dollar. Fortunately, there are some bargains along the way. The Fiske Guide has an “Index by Price” that groups public and private institutions into four price categories, from inexpensive to very expensive. We also go one step further and suggest a number of schools that offer outstanding academics with relatively modest prices. This year we have designated 42 such institutions—22 public and 20 private—as Best Buys.

All of our Best Buys fall into the inexpensive or moderate price category, and most have four- or five-star academic ratings. But there are bargains to be found among all levels and types of institutions. For example, some of the best values in American higher education are public colleges and universities that have remained relatively small and offer the smaller classes and personalized approach to academics that are typically found only in expensive private liberal arts colleges. Several of these are included as Best Buys.

Featured 2014 Best Buys

In celebration of the 30th anniversary edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, Sourcebooks introduces a new series of enhanced ebooks, optimized for all tablet devices and featuring full-color photos of each school, data points showcased as easy-to-read infographics, and linkable text that allows students and parents to get a jump start on their college search.

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Fiske Guide to Colleges: 2014 Best Buys features 14 of this year’s 42 Best Buy institutions:


College of Charleston

University of Iowa

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Oregon

University of St. Andrews (UK)

SUNY–College of Geneseo

Texas A&M University

Trinity College Dublin (Ire)


Brigham Young University

California Institute of Technology

Cooper Union

Elon University

Rice University

Xavier University of Louisiana


Fiske Guide to Colleges: 2014 Best Buys, available for $4.99 on iPad, NOOK Color, KindleFire, KoboVox, Sony tablet, and any full-color tablet device running Android OS. It is the first in a series of enhanced ebooks from the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014, which will include Fiske Guide to Colleges: The Ivy Leagues and Fiske Guide to Colleges: Beyond the Ivies (Sept. 17, 2013), Fiske Guide to Colleges: SAT/ACT-Free (Nov. 2013) and Fiske Guide to Colleges: Great Sports Schools (Feb. 2014).

For the full list of 2014 Best Buy schools and Fiske’s signature profiles of the 321 best and most interesting colleges and universities, check out the Fiske Guide to Colleges book, interactive online program, and iPad app.



Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 by Edward B. Fiske

Fiske-30-anniversaryThe #1 bestselling college guide, from the top name in college admissions!

For 30 years, this leading guide to more than 300 colleges and universities has been an indispensable source of information for college-bound students and their parents. Hip, honest and straightforward, Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 delivers an insider's look at the academic climates and the social and extracurricular scenes at the "best and most interesting" schools in the U.S., plus Canada and Great Britain.


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The Fiske Guide to Colleges includes:

  • Fiske's exclusive academic, social, and quality-of-life ratings
  • The 40+ schools that deliver the best education at the most reasonable costs
  • Lists of each school's strongest majors and programs
  • Candid tips from each school's current students
  • A self-quiz to help students understand which college is right for them
  • Vital information on how to apply
  • "Overlap" listings to help students expand their options




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  • Featuring full-color campus photos
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  • Personalize, with notes and lists of your own
  • Link directly to school websites


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Fiske Guide to Colleges: 2014 Best Buys enhanced ebook

Exclusive new offering from the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 explores a new frontier—ebooks optimized for all tablet devices! Full-color photos, data points as infographics, and linkable text bring the “Fiske schools” to life like never before.



Ever wonder if an international school fits your price range? Sure you can’t afford a small private college? Come to terms with the fact that out-of-state tuition is too expensive for you? Discover the truth about which colleges offer the most bang for your buck. Get a sneak peak at a selection of Edward B. Fiske’s “Best Buys” for 2014.

  • Understand how Fiske chooses his “Best Buys”
  • Cross-section of schools based on locale, major, public vs. private, and size
  • Includes Fiske’s exclusive expense ratings