The Fiske Interactive College Guide 2012 is the iPad version of the long-established and well respected guide to US universities. Here’s a little slice of its App Store elevator pitch:
For more than 25 years, the FISKE GUIDE TO COLLEGES has been the most trusted source of information for parents, counselors, and college-bound students. Now, the Fiske Interactive College Guide brings you every aspect of the book – plus much more – in an app! You’ll find the Fiske Interactive College Guide useful throughout the hectic, often stressful college search and selection process.
The app offers a wealth of good information, and it’s presented very well. Here are a few of its notable features:
Exclusive Fiske Profiles, or, “WHAT’S THIS SCHOOL LIKE?”
Schools differ in ways that will determine your college experience, and the heart and the hallmark of Fiske Interactive are the detailed profiles of every school
√ Social environment
√ Academic rigor
√ Intellectual environment
√ Religious affiliation
√ Campus location and surroundings
√ Student living arrangements
√ All the key statistics you need (acceptance rates, tuition, test score ranges, etc.)
BEYOND THE BOOK FUNCTIONALITY
√ Organize your college tour with built-in map function
√ Easily locate critical school deadlines (such as application dates)
√ Email admissions departments directly from the app
√ Browse each college website
√ Easily explore schools that compete with one another (“overlap schools”)
MAKE LISTS TO NARROW DOWN YOUR SEARCH – The sheer number of colleges and universities can make the college-bound experience a dizzying one. Fiske Interactive eliminates the clutter, helping you:
√ Easily and quickly flag schools you’ll want to look at again,
√ Add your own notes to each school,
√ Organize the schools you want to visit,
√ Make lists of your “Safety Schools,” “Probable Schools,” and “Reach Schools” to track all of the schools you’re interested in.
BROWSE THE 300+ BEST AND MOST INTERESTING SCHOOLS – Fiske Interactive has been created so you can use it how you want to use it. Browsing, searching, and bookmarking are all easy to do.
My daughter is only 8 years old, and as brilliant as she is not quite ready for college just yet – but I took a quick look at this app anyway and came away quite impressed. I know one thing – I think this is a much better tool for students and parents than a big, thick printed book.
Here’s an App Store link for Fiske Interactive College Guide 2012; it’s priced at $19.99.