Your head begins to fill with arcane academic facts, culled from the U.S. News rankings and the Princeton Review. How does Swarthmore compare to Harvey Mudd for alumni giving and student/faculty ratio? When are the due dates for the online FAFSA form and SAT II Chemistry test? Does Marilyn McGrath-Lewis, the Harvard dean of admissions, prefer coffee or tea at breakfast? All these answers are at your fingertips, ready to be summoned forth at a moment’s notice. Soon, the deluge begins to overwhelm your rational faculties, and you begin to think seriously about things like how various collegiate rear-window stickers will go with your minivan’s color scheme.
He does recommend this resource:
All-American Colleges: Top Schools for Conservatives, Old-Fashioned Liberals, and People of Faith by John Zmirak (Editor)