The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College

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Penguin, Jul 29, 2003 - Education - 336 pages
In the fall of 1999, New York Times education reporter Jacques Steinberg was given an unprecedented opportunity to observe the admissions process at prestigious Wesleyan University. Over the course of nearly a year, Steinberg accompanied admissions officer Ralph Figueroa on a tour to assess and recruit the most promising students in the country. The Gatekeepers follows a diverse group of prospective students as they compete for places in the nation's most elite colleges. The first book to reveal the college admission process in such behind-the-scenes detail, The Gatekeepers will be required reading for every parent of a high school-age child and for every student facing the arduous and anxious task of applying to college.

"[The Gatekeepers] provides the deep insight that is missing from the myriad how-to books on admissions that try to identify the formula for getting into the best colleges...I really didn't want the book to end." —The New York Times
 

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This nonfiction book reads like a work of fiction. It's not cold and dry nor presented too factually. The author shadows a college admissions recruiter through the process at Wesleyan. Interjecting ... Read full review

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This is truly a fascinating book, from a collegiate standpoint. Being a college student with a prospect of transferring, I was attuned to the novel since many of the cases shed light upon a seemingly ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
THE GATEKEEPERS
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Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Eight
Nine
Ten
EPILOGUE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Copyright

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Jacques Steinberg has been a staff reporter for The New York Times for more than ten years and currently is a national education correspondent. In 1998, he was awarded the grand prize of the Education Writers Association for his nine-part series on a third-grade classroom on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

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