We never see the outside of a school, much less the inside of one, in Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. Yet, we would argue that this is a "college book" because two of its main character's are very bright young men, intellectuals who have dropped out of college for a variety of reasons. Some other main characters are bright young women who – in large part because they aren't allowed to go to college in their home country (not unusual in Russia in the 1860s) and are candidates for less than a handful of jobs – have very limited options. By showing us its absence, Dostoevsky puts education up on a pedestal.
Crime and Punishment helps us realize that education is a precious resource that we shouldn't take for granted.
Crime and Punishment argues that formal education isn't necessarily the best way to learn about life.