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Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change The Way You Think About College  
Author Loren Pope
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Education
Publisher Penguin Books
Publication date 2006 (third edition)
ISBN 0-14-303736-6
OCLC Number 65341249
Dewey Decimal 378.73 22
LC Classification L901 .P58 2006

Colleges That Change Lives is a college educational guide by Loren Pope. It was originally published in 1996, with a second edition in 2000, and a third edition in 2006. It concerns college admissions in the United States.

The third edition profiles Pope's top 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." (10)

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." Although the organization's work is inspired by longtime student advocate and former New York Times education editor Loren Pope, 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.

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