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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.
As the parent of a Class of '24 teen, Selingo's book certainly described our experience very well. He provides some pretty useful advice in the last few chapters that anyone will find useful. No need to pay tens of thousands of dollars for admissions consultants or a few hundred $K's for a fake application. It's unfortunate the amount of pressure that kids and their families are under from the process but I like the way Selingo provides useful advice and attempts to put a longer term perspective on the entire situation.
This book is a must purchase if you have a kid in high school who will applying to a competitive college. Selingo does a great job of pulling back the curtain and giving his readers an inside look at college admissions. As we all know, the process is opaque and that parents and kids get to experience it only a few times. The whole experience is maddening. This book will shed some light. Highly recommended!
An excellent read - while the overall conclusions may be "common sense" to some of the critics, many students and parents desperately need this advice.
The vignettes of college admissions decisions are fascinating, but the book conclusions should not be forgotten: DON'T focus soley on "sellers!" Understand that "buyers" are providing good educations to those who want them! And- interestingly- the "don't under-match" advice is also a good point to seriously consider.
If you are a parent looking for admissions insights, don't look to this book for that. This book is very largely a series of seemingly endless personal vignettes coming at you through all chapters. If you know nothing about the admissions process and want to learn how it works, this is not the book for that. Many more informative and less story-like books are available. That said, if you want vignettes, the book presents many that seem researched and legitimate.
I checked this our from the library and read it in a couple of days. It is so jam-packed with useful information that I immediately purchased my own copy. Ww found we were looking at multiple schools that were similar in competitiveness and merit-based financial aid, so we were able to narrow the list down considerably. We were also surprised that some schools (like Colby) give the impression they give lots of financial aid but actually only give need-based aid. Note: The author tells you how to calculate whether a school is a "buyer" or "seller," a concept he references frequently in the book, so we took the time to calculate the information for each school in which our rising senior is interested. It turns out, though, that the author has already calculated it in a big spreadsheet, and he provides the link to the spreadsheet at the end of the book. You're welcome. :)
I guess if you’re from another country wondering about US college admissions, this might be interesting. As an American parent, I didn’t have a single, “huh, I didn’t know that,” moment in the entire book. He spent more time explaining what people looked like than giving useful information.