Who Gets in and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions Hardcover – 15 September 2020

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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1982116293
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1982116293
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A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and a New York Times Notable Book

"A rare inside look... It's amazing."
--CBS This Morning

"[A] widely anticipated new book...Selingo was given extraordinary access to the selection process and the selectors at Emory University, Davidson College and the University of Washington. He uses it in his book to present one of the most nuanced, coolheaded examinations of the admission process that I've read. He explodes certain myths -- for example, that SAT and ACT scores are absolutely pivotal -- and confirms other suspicions, such as the ridiculous advantage conferred on middling students who play arcane sports."
--Frank Bruni, New York Times

"This absorbing book delves into the sometimes enigmatic world of college admissions...an invaluable tool for college-bound students and their families, guidance counselors, and college admissions personnel."
--Library Journal (starred review)

"An illuminating and multisided view of admissions work...eye-opening and insightful."

"Comprehensive and ultimately reassuring...Anxious parents and students will be buoyed by this richly detailed and lucidly written guide."
--Publishers Weekly

"In this meticulously researched and evenhanded book, the author provides a unique mix of in-depth reporting, insight, and advice that may save readers needless frustration and thousands of dollars. One of the best books on college admissions in recent memory."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"An important book that shines a clarifying light into the mystifying corners of the college admissions process. Jeff Selingo gives students and their families much-needed perspective on how things really work behind the scenes."
--Jill Madenberg, author of Love the Journey to College

"In Who Gets in and Why, Jeff Selingo addresses the tyranny of selective admissions and its inordinate social and emotional impact on the more than 90% of students who enroll in non-selective schools. He depicts the agony and the ecstasy of the selective admissions process, questions why we're all hostage to it, and offers insightful ways to avoid getting caught in the madness. Bravo!"
--Deborah Quazzo, Managing Partner of GSV Advisors

"In his fascinating and timely book Who Gets in and Why Jeff Selingo breaks the seal on college admissions to reveal what really goes on, who gets a special look and why, what the colleges have at stake, and how a student can put their best foot forward. Frank and reassuring, Selingo presents a thoughtful critique of an outmoded system along with sound advice for students and parents who have little choice but to play by these rules."
--Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult

"Jeff Selingo has done it again. Amid increasingly loud calls for transparency in college admissions, and a growing suspicion among the public that the process is unfair, Selingo has managed to lift the veil from the 'inner sanctum, ' showing how admission officers deal with the challenges presented by talented and diverse applicants. From the committee rooms that Selingo has penetrated come stories of compassion for students balanced by institutional priorities and mandates. Who Gets In and Why offers a great insider's view, making a complex process much easier to understand."
--Robert Massa, former Dean of Enrollment, Johns Hopkins University

About the Author

Jeffrey Selingo is an award-winning journalist who has reported on higher education for more than two decades. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal. He's a special advisor to the president of Arizona State University and a visiting scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Selingo is the bestselling author ofThere Is Life After College and College (Un)Bound. He lives in Washington, DC, with his family.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Admission Insider's review of Who Gets in and Why
Reviewed in the United States on 16 September 2020
In Who Gets in and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions, Jeffrey Selingo gives readers a true insider’s view into the world of selective college admissions. I work in this field and can attest to the fact that Selingo provides readers a detailed and nuanced peek behind the curtains.

A modern day deep dive into the world of college admissions - akin to The Gatekeepers and Creating a Class - Selingo brings readers into the “room where it happens” providing direct insights from enrollment leaders and those who read and review thousands of college applications each year.

The closing chapters offer excellent guidance to readers and some recommendations for higher education.

I'd definitely recommend Selingo’s Who Gets in and Why to anyone approaching a college
search as well as my colleagues working to support students and families navigating the admissions process.
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