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The UCLA guide will be sent immediately to your email upon receiving payment. All other guides are in progress, so we are only taking unpaid pre-orders.

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Testimonials and Press

“I was very impressed with what I saw. The graphics, text quality, and general “feel” of the document was very professional and reader friendly.”
—Dave Berry, Co-Founder of College Confidential

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“The UCLA Guide “included things most people enjoy at UCLA but (visitors) don’t really see when they just look at the resources the campus provides already.”
— Charisse Yeh, UCLA Student

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What’s inside?

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Our Story

It was spring of 2014. I had a small pile of acceptance letters from colleges across the country, and I had to choose one of them to which I would reply favorably.

For the last few months, I had been traveling furiously to see all these spectacular universities. From Los Angeles to New York, Ithaca to Providence, I went on college tours and tried to find a school that I clicked with. I wanted to make sure that I would get the most out of my 4 years in college.

The problem was that even after all of those college visits, I still felt like I only knew random statistics and stories about the schools. I didn’t know what it would be like to be a student at any of them because I didn’t plan my visits to include other important things like restaurants, activities, and surrounding neighborhoods.

I ultimately decided on UCLA because it seemed like a safe choice. I feel lucky that it worked out in this regard, but I still wonder if I made the right decision.

Now I’m a 3rd year at UCLA, and every family friend whose kid is applying to college is asking me what to see, eat, and do when they visit UCLA.

I got tired of writing long emails with extensive lists of things to do, so I got a group of friends together, and we turned those emails into an ebook.

We hope that you get as much out of our book as so many of our family friends have.

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FAQs

Why can I only get the UCLA e-book?

The UCLA e-book is the only book that is complete and ready for purchase. All of the other editions of our guide are in progress. Pre-orders on other editions help us prioritize which guides to release next.

When will I receive my order?

The UCLA e-book will be sent immediately upon receiving your payment.

How will I receive my order?

At the bottom of the payment confirmation page, you will see links from which you can download your e-book. Your download will also arrive in the inbox of the email you ordered with. Please wait up to 5 minutes and check spam if you do not see your download.

Why are there 2 download files and what are they?

We provide the e-book in epub and pdf form. epub files work in most e-readers like the Kindle, Nook, iBooks, etc. pdf is included just in case you prefer to read the guide in a pdf viewer like preview.

What is the best way to plan a college visit?

Grab a copy of the relevant College Visit Co. guide, read the “Before Arrival” section, and make those reservations accordingly. Then skim through the rest of the book to see if there’s anything that you absolutely do not want to miss. Keep those things in the back of your head. Re-visit the book when you’re traveling to or on campus and pick things to do according to how you’re feeling. Remember that college visits are about experiencing student life, so immerse yourself in the culture and have a great time!

What can I do if I want a guide for a school that isn’t in your store?

Go to the shop and click the “Request Guide(s)” button, or shoot us an email at thebestcollegeguide@gmail.com. Please include which college/university you would like a guide on and when (if you know) you are planning to visit that college/university. We want to make the guides that you want to read, so the more emails we get about certain schools, the more we will prioritize those guides.

I found something inaccurate or out of date, how can I notify you?

Please report inaccurate or out of date information to thebestcollegeguide@gmail.com. Include details about which piece of information is wrong, the page number of the mistake, and information about how you know the information is incorrect. We appreciate your help!

How is copyright protected?

We will be sad if you try to pirate our work, so we stamp all copies sold with a marker indicating the purchaser’s name and email. We will protect the rights of our work.

How can I contact support?

You can reach us at thebestcollegeguide@gmail.com.