Who Gets In and Why
A Year Inside College Admissions
by Jeffrey Selingo
My children have been out of college for a while now but I still find the whole college admissions process to be fascinating. As a sociology major, I feel that there are great research projects to be done on the subject.
About twenty years ago, an author named Steinberg published a book called The Gatekeepers. Who Gets In and Why strikes me very much as an updated look at the issues addressed in that earlier title.
What readers will learn is that college admissions is a complex entity. Those who are naive may think admissions is all about rewarding the best or most hardworking students but that is not really the case. There are so many facets of the school’s own agendas that influence who does or does not get the coveted “yes” letter. Readers need only think of Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman to know just how true that is.
In this book, Mr. Selingo looks at the process from the perspectives of three different types of institutions, a private and a public university and also a liberal arts college. The result makes for a fascinating read.
College admissions will no doubt be affected by the Corona virus with questions about what will happen to campus life and more. Nonetheless this book provides a keen insight into what has been happening in higher education.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.