Dear College Student,

Remember how complicated it was to pick just the “right” college when you were a high school senior? For nearly 40 years, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has been helping students do just that. It contains profiles of the “best and most interesting” colleges in the nation—based in large part on perspectives and quotes from the students who attend them. Perhaps you used it yourself during your own college search!

We are now preparing the 2023 edition of the Fiske Guide, and we need your help. We want to find out as much as we can about your college—its academic strengths and weaknesses, what sort of students attend, the social life, extracurricular activities, and so forth. What, in short, makes your future alma mater a special place?

You have been selected by your school as one of a small number of current students to provide us with such information using an online questionnaire. The questions are open-ended—thus allowing you maximum freedom to express your ideas. If you feel that you are not in a position to answer any particular question, just skip it and move on to the next one.

A further note: We are all aware of how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our normal patterns, including academic and social life on college campuses. However, we are also confident that, over time, much of what we previously thought of as “normal” in college life will be restored. So please do not respond to the questions below based on how things have been this year. Please think back to your on-campus experiences prior to the pandemic and what you are likely to find once a sense of “normalcy” has been restored. We would appreciate receiving your thoughts by June 4, 2021.

Thanks in advance for your help. We appreciate your assistance—and so will the tens of thousands of high school students and their families who may read your responses in the Fiske Guide.


Edward B. Fiske
April 2021
Click here to download the PDF version of the questionnaire. P.S. If you exit before completing the entire questionnaire, you'll lose all of your answers. If you don't have time to complete the entire survey (which can take about half an hour), we suggest downloading the PDF version below and saving your answers in another document. Once you're done, simply copy and paste your answers into the web form. Please be sure to submit the questionnaire by June 4, 2021.