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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Jacques Steinberg

Read Faster Say No. A really interesting non-fiction book about the admissions process at an “ivy league light” instituion.

The beauty of Steinberg’s text is that he has no problem portraying quirks, idiosyncrasies, and even faults in the schools and people he is researching.

Work hard and make the best of it; the rest of the world is not as fickle as undergrad admissions.

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Open Preview See a Problem? 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. Those reading The Gatekeepers to find tips on how to gain admission to an elite college steonberg not find much here.

I was racing to finish by the time I hit the last few chapters, devouring everything I could learn about every character. As someone who has read admissions statistics since the age of 12, or more than half of my life, I was fascinated at the unflinching portrayal of the intensity of life in the collegiate admissions sphere. No trivia or quizzes yet. References to this book Aiding Students, Buying Students: Jacques Steinberg is the author of The Gatekeepers: The gatekeepers have the unenviable yet exciting task of balancing externalities such as median SAT scores, favorable U.


Dont Send Me Poems. I love the way the story was told because it followed one admissions officer and several different high school prospects. 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.

The Gatekeepers then follows a diverse group of prospective students as they compete for places in the nation’s most elite colleges. I found myself becoming almost as passionate as he was about his top picks, agreeing with some of his decisions, disagreeing with others, discovering in the process that my biases—and his—have more to do with personal past experience than actual evide If you are in the market for books about college admissions, give yourself a treat and read this well researched, tastefully dramatized account of a year in the life of a dedicated, highly principled, woefully underpaid, college admissions officer.

Beats me why I’m happily reading this genre of Elite-American-College-Process all of a sudden, except some kind of train wreck fascination. Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College is a nonfiction book, written by education reporter Jacques Steinberg, that examines the inner workings of the admissions committee at Wesleyan University. Paperbackjacqkes.

Beth Provinse, in the Journal of College Admissionscriticized Steinberg for focusing on one school, which she said did not reflect “the current realities of college admission. From inside the book. Journal of College Admissions, Summer Jacques Steinberg follows an admissions officer for a year to see the ins and outs of the decision making process, and comes away with a well written and well researched book that provides some wonderful insight.

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THE GATEKEEPERS: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College

Reading it brought me right back to my high school and college years, except that now with an adult’s perspective, I jafques see all my mistakes more clearly than ever. I kid you not; I spent several sleepless steinberh obsessing about things like “If only I’d taken more AP classes,” “If only I’d understood that the letter I go Another reviewer said that this book is guaranteed to give high school kids a nervous breakdown, and I’m sure it’s true because I’m over 40, and it’s given me a mid-life crisis.


Want to Read saving…. If you have any questions about college and how everything works then this is a steinnberg book to read. While it may paint a bleak picture of the higher education 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.

In choosing these students, Steinberg demonstrates how deeply affirmative action plays a role in the admissions process at this particularly liberal Connecticut college. This article is about the nonfiction book concerning US higher level education. At times, it will drive you insane to see students wtih the right credentials be denied admission in favor of someone “lesser. Nov 27, Victoria rated it it was amazing.

Views Read Edit View history. It gives a detailed account garekeepers the admissions process into a highly selective college. Oct 10, Susan Flahive rated it it was amazing.