In the three editions in which it has appeared during the last five years, the ISI college guide, Choosing the Right College: The Whole Truth about America’s Top Schools, has served as an essential reference resource for prospective students and their parents. Unlike other college guides, which too often read like paraphrases of university public-relations brochures, Choosing the Right College is an independently researched and written volume that covers the things that matter most, such as core curricula, campus crime, student living arrangements, the quality of teaching and student advising, and freshman orientation. The ISI guide also provides specific advice on which professors to seek out—and which courses and departments to avoid. Now an annual publication, the 2005 edition of Choosing the Right College has been thoroughly revised to reflect the ongoing changes and the impact of significant controversies at each of 125 featured colleges and universities. The editors provide candid assessments of the state of each school’s academic curriculum, political atmosphere, and social life as well as telling campus statistics. They also tell students which courses they can take at each school to provide themselves with a true core curriculum—a course of study that used to be required almost everywhere but now almost never is. This unique build-your-own-core feature is one more reason that Choosing the Right College has become the most valuable and trusted college guide on the market for the student and parent seeking a genuine liberal education.