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INFORMATION THAT IS TO THE POINT THAT YOU CAN USE IMMEDIATELY. From Rugg, you always get a thoughtful approach to ranking and rating colleges.
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"I am a College Planning Advisor in Lake County, Florida and have used Rugg's Recommendations for over 10 years now. I have used it successfully in the Madison, WI area, Denton, TX area and now central Florida. By using the Tier 1 & Tier 2 recommendations for majors coupled with the average ACT and/or SAT scores at specific colleges and universities that Fred also includes and then adding information from some other data bases that I have, approximately 75% of my students who desired to go to private schools (as opposed to their respective state universities) have gone for less than or equal to the prices of those state universities. So, in essence, Rugg's Recommendations has played a huge part in parent's savings many thousands of dollars on their college costs." ~C.B. Russell, Lake County, Florida


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"Fred, thank you for 16 great years on the radio with us as our 'college go-to guy.' I only do the program on the colleges if I can have Fred on." ~ Dave Congalton, No. 1 rated talk show on California's Central Coast 22 years running

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"Over the last 22 years I have been using Rugg's Recs as a quick, reliable initial reference to evaluate college academic departments at all competitive levels. With the plethora of fine college guides available it is hard to decide what to include in one's library.
This one has proved invaluable as a first step for me. As an independent counselor to students around the country I have noticed that most high school guidance offices have this handy guide. It is particularly helpful once the student has an academic concentration in mind.
Even esoteric majors like Music Therapy, Health Services Administration, Arabic, Entomology and Forensic Sciences are ranked by college. At first I was not sure if the colleges were just listed because they were simply courses offered in the college catalog.
No, they are chosen to be included because Rugg has implemented a comprehensive system of researching that combines statistical analysis with direct communication with hundreds of counselors and teachers around the country. He is able to sift and sort the objective with the subjective. Colleges are always evolving from year to year, department to department. It is a Herculean task to measure the strength of an academic department every year since faculty moves on. But Rugg seems to fairly well identify the dedicated and involved faculty that works hard to provide a substantive level of education and training to students pursuing degrees in those disciplines..."
~ Eric Goodhart, College Counselor, Programs for Education, Lunenburg, MA

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