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Colleges That Change Lives


Colleges That Change Lives

Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change The Way You Think About College
Author Loren Pope
Country United States
Language English
Genre Education
Publisher Penguin Books
Publication date
2006 (third edition)
OCLC 65341249
378.73 22
LC Class L901 .P58 2006

Colleges That Change Lives is a college educational guide, originally by longtime student advocate and former New York Times education editor Loren Pope.[1] It was first published in 1996, with a second edition in 2000, a third edition in 2006 and a fourth edition in 2013. It concerns college admissions in the United States.

The third edition profiles 40 choices for liberal arts colleges that, according to Pope, offer as much, if not more, than Ivy League schools: "The phrase 'Ivy League education' is an oxymoron when compared to the benefactions to mind and soul the colleges in this book bestow. Not only are they better, but they want you, and you will love them for making a new and better you. Your satisfaction will be lifelong."[2]


  • Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. 1
  • Schools 2
  • Notes 3
  • External links 4

Colleges That Change Lives, Inc.

Following Loren Pope's message, Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL) was founded in 2006 as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. The organization supports the goal of each student finding a college that develops a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond college. According to the CTCL website:

In following Mr. Pope’s ideals, we believe that the criteria most college bound students and their parents and counselors use, such as name and prestige, do not acknowledge the importance of understanding an individual student’s needs and how they 'fit' with the mission and identity of an individual college community.

The organization's work is inspired by Loren Pope, who died in 2008.[1] However, Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. operates independently from both the Pope estate and Penguin Books and receives no financial remuneration from either source.

CTCL hosts programs during four annual tours in 26 cities in the United States and abroad. Each programs offers a 30-minute presentation about how to choose a college for fit, not rank, and then provides attendees the opportunity to speak with representatives from the 40 colleges featured in the book. The programs are free of charge and open to the public. In addition, Franklin & Marshall College, Bard College, and Grinnell College were formerly institutions rated by Loren Pope as Colleges That Change Lives, but were removed in 2002 because the institutions became "too selective." St. Andrews University (formerly St. Andrews Presbyterian College) was included in the revised edition, but removed in later editions.








  1. ^ a b Hutchinson, Carol. "College Consultant Loren Pope; Commissioned a Wright House", The Washington Post, 27 September 2008.
  2. ^ Pope, Loren. Colleges That Change Lives, 3rd edition, 2006, p. 10.

External links

  • Official website
  • Book selections from the third edition
  • Discussion of third edition — NPR
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