THE GATEKEEPERS: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College. Jacques Steinberg, Author. Viking $ (p) ISBN. In the fall of , New York Times education reporter Jacques Steinberg was given The Gatekeepers follows a diverse group of prospective students as they . From the fall of to the spring of , New York Timeseducation reporter Jacques Steinberg was given unparalleled access to an entire admissions season.
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Publishers Weekly reckoned it would not be of interest to students, but parents might buy steinberh. It gave some interesting insight as to what colleges primarily look for in students, and how they decide whether or not a person may be fitting for them. Despite her low class rank, she flourishes at a Maryland preparatory school, becoming one of the first Latina campus leaders the school had ever had.
The workload can be crazy and the decisions agonizing, but it pales in comparison to the admissions process at a place like Wesleyan University. Using real names, applications and interviews, Steinberg follows six applicants of gqtekeepers backgrounds from their first encounter with Figueroa to their final acceptance or rejection.
While it may paint a bleak picture of the higher gatekeepere landscape one that is becoming more exclusive every daythe Gatekeepers seeks to and succeeds in shed light on an admissions system plagued by too many applicants and too few admissions officers.
As someone who is not familiar with the American college process steinbery having a son in 11th grade in New York, I chose this as book number one to read on college admissions, a little late perhaps. He has been a staff reporter for The New York Times for more than two decades, and is currently a national education correspondent for the paper.
Yes, I’m in the midst of applying for PhDs, which is what led me here, but as I understand it, I hope that has little in common with the nonsensical rigamarole of grades, scores, activities, essays, affirmative action, secret handshakes and random idiosyncracy described as undergraduate addmissions. Looking for More Great Reads? While it only profiles one college mainly, and others offhand, it provides a better description than many traditional guidebooks into the college admissions process.
In that time, he discovered just how difficult it could be to winnow down a list of nearly seven thousand applicants to seven hundred freshmen for the class of Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
THE GATEKEEPERS: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College
Contrary to what I thought, the admissions process is neither cold nor impersonal. Specifically, Steinberg follows the life of Ralph Figueroa, an eight-year veteran of the admissions profession. View all 3 comments. About Jacques Steinberg Jacques Steinberg has been a staff reporter for The New York Times for more than ten years and currently is a national education correspondent.
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This is probably one of the most depressing books I’ve ever read. The Gatekeepers In its 20th Printing – Updated with a New Afterword New York Times education reporter Gatekkeepers Steinberg was given an unprecedented opportunity to observe the admissions process at prestigious Wesleyan University over the course of nearly a year.
A year in the life of a college admissions counselor. I wish I’d read this before applying to college, if only to make myself feel better about that one wait listing I got.
Due to the private nature batekeepers collegiate admissions, Steinberg was rebuffed at several colleges, but successfully persuaded the staff at Wesleyan to allow him access to the process of creating the class of Jul 29, Pages Buy.
Retrieved 13 March I’m a tutor, and this is all Reads like a novel. But I can change my present, and since reading this book, I’ve been seriously considering graduate school.
At times, it will drive you insane to see students wtih The Gatekeepers is both an intelligent expose of the college admissions system and yet a frightening picture of what is, and will continue to be, a maddening system of partial judges. Inside look at the college admissions process through the eyes of an admissions gatekespers at Wesleyan University CT who analyzes steinbrg applicants from across the US and shows us how they are evaluated, what qualities the college looks for, and who eventually gets in.
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Journal of College Admissions, Summer Pretty fascinating inside look at admissions at Wesleyan in She cited the University of Michigan ‘s highly publicized point system as an example. How much did the author make up, after hasty shallow interviews, about people’s decision-making and their feelings about the college search? Because the whole thing felt a little bit off, a little bit forced, a little bit false. In the fall ofNew York Times education reporter Jacques Steinberg was given an unprecedented opportunity to observe the admissions process at prestigious Sgeinberg University.
The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College
Gatekeepeers does his damn best to paint very sympathetic portrait of the process, and it just kind of about works, which in a way made it all gayekeepers more unappealing as everyone involved trundles through with high-minded, systemic self conviction and seemingly no capacity for any criticism of the system. About The Gatekeepers In the fall ofNew York Times education reporter Jacques Steinberg was given an unprecedented opportunity to observe the admissions process at prestigious Wesleyan University.
I at that class meeting she continually warned us not to be afraid and that we were all capable of getting into a good school. The author does a wonderful job of pivoting the story around one admissions person, but he also follows about a dozen students from their junior high school years until a few years into college.
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