The Price of Admission (Updated Edition): How America's Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges--and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates

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Crown/Archetype, Jan 21, 2009 - Education - 400 pages
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “A fire-breathing, righteous attack on the culture of superprivilege.”—Michael Wolff, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Fire and Fury, in the New York Times Book Review
 
NOW WITH NEW REPORTING ON OPERATION VARSITY BLUES

In this explosive and prescient book, based on three years of investigative report­ing, Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Golden shatters the myth of an American meri­tocracy. Naming names, along with grades and test scores, Golden lays bare a corrupt system in which middle-class and working-class whites and Asian Ameri­cans are routinely passed over in favor of wealthy white students with lesser credentials—children of alumni, big donors, and celebrities. He reveals how a family donation got Jared Kushner into Harvard, and how colleges comply with Title IX by giving scholarships to rich women in “patrician sports” like horseback riding and crew.
 
With a riveting new chapter on Operation Varsity Blues, based on original re­porting, The Price of Admission is a must-read—not only for parents and students with a personal stake in college admissions but also for those disturbed by the growing divide between ordinary and privileged Americans.

Praise for The Price of Admission
 
“A disturbing exposé of the influence that wealth and power still exert on admission to the nation’s most prestigious universities.”The Washington Post

“Deserves to become a classic.”The Economist
 
 

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If only I'd known I'd be a future crossword champion, I probably would have gotten into the schools that rejected me (Will Shortz's proteges do extremely well in college admissions). Or perhaps if a ... Read full review

THE PRICE OF ADMISSION: How America's Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges--and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates

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An expansion of Golden's series of Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal articles on college admissions practices.Golden, deputy bureau chief at the Journal's Boston bureau, names names and cites ... Read full review

Contents

HOW THE lZLIST MAKES THE ALIST
21
RECRUITING THE RICH
53
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91
ENDURING LEGACIES
119
AND THE RISE OF THE UPPERCLASS ATHLETE
151
A BREAK FOR FACULTY BRATS
185
THE NEW JEWS
199
THE LEGACY ESTABLISHMENT
225
THE CHALLENGE OF WEALTHBLIND ADMISSIONS
263
ENDING THE PREFERENCES OF PRIVILEGE
289
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Daniel Golden is a senior editor at ProPublica. He was previously a managing editor at Bloomberg News, the deputy Boston bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, and a reporter for The Boston Globe. The recipient of many journalistic honors, including the Pulitzer Prize and three George Polk Awards, he holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College.

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