A Fresh, New Way to Evaluate Colleges

Finally, there’s a new way to evaluate colleges.

No longer will you have to rely heavily on those monster guide books from such corporate types as The Princeton Review, Fiske and Kaplan. Nor will you have to become a slave to U.S. News & World Report’s stupid ranking system.

A whiz kid, who graduated four years ago from Wesleyan College, is on the verge of releasing a fresh and intriguing way to hear directly from college students about their opinions regarding their institutions. It’s called Unigo and you can find it’s beta version here.

Unigo welcomes all students to register and share what they think about their schools through comments, photos and videos. It’s got about 230 colleges on the site and more will be added.

No longer will you have to depend upon the filter of Princeton Review or any of the other collegiate reference guides, which cooperate with schools when publishing their guides. The companies obtain a lot of data from their questionnaires, but they whittle all this stuff down to a few paragraphs in a two-page write up.

Unigo is still in its beta version, but it should be launched shortly. I can’t wait to play around with it. I figure it’s got to be better than what we’ve got now.

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