Better Than College: Official Book Website

Do you think you need college to get ahead in life?

Think again.

Written for young adults and praised by people of all ages, Better Than College shows you how to build a successful life without a four-year degree.

Learn more by reading an excerpt, meeting the author, and visiting Zero Tuition College where you'll find a social network of self-directed learners and more resources.

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A brilliant and important proposal. The unquestioned college path deserves to be challenged, and this is the right book to do it.

- Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby

Better Than College is a clarion call for independent thinkers and self-directed young people to take control of their learning.

- Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

Blake Boles offers a clear and compelling roadmap: grounded in real-life examples and insightful analysis, lofted by a wide and exuberant sense of what life can become.

- Grace Llewellyn, author of The Teenage Liberation Handbook

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Watch Blake Boles, the author of Better Than College, explain what you could do with $20,000 instead of going to college for a year. (5 minutes)

Publishing Information

The first edition of Better Than College was published in June 2012 by Tells Peak Press.

ISBN: 978-0-9860119-0-0
Kindle ISBN: 978-0-9860119-1-7
ePub ISBN: 978-0-9860119-2-4


On page 40, J.K. Rowling is mistakenly noted to have never attended college. She in fact attended and graduated from Exeter University.