THE GATEKEEPERS: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College. Jacques Steinberg, Author. Viking $ (p) ISBN. In the fall of , New York Times education reporter Jacques Steinberg was given The Gatekeepers follows a diverse group of prospective students as they . From the fall of to the spring of , New York Timeseducation reporter Jacques Steinberg was given unparalleled access to an entire admissions season.

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We were all fiercely wanted there, entirely regardless of ‘what we could add. Yes, I’m in the midst of applying for PhDs, which is what led me here, but as I understand it, I hope that has little in common with the nonsensical rigamarole of grades, scores, activities, essays, affirmative action, secret steinbrg and random idiosyncracy described as undergraduate addmissions.

Books by Jacques Steinberg. These men and women give their lives to their institution, pouring their hearts out to fight for high school students that deserve a chance t Steinberg creates almost an epic retelling of the struggles of an admissions officer in a highly selective college – Wesleyan in Middletown, Connecticut. I work in independent school admissions at a highly competitive school.

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For others in the gatkeeepers boat, take heart: Among the book’s surprises are that supplementary material, no matter how impressive, carries no weight in deciding who gets in, while honesty about a mistake—in one case, an incident involving a pot brownie—can influence an admissions officer gatekeeepers admit.

To me, it showed how arbitrary the whole system is, even though the admissions officers really put their hearts into it and fight for individual candidates.

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This book’s funny moments are as funny as the best bits of actual high school, the cute moments as cute, and the sad moments as sad. While it may paint a bleak jacquez of the higher education landscape one that is becoming more exclusive every daythe Gatekeepers seeks to and succeeds in shed light on an admissions system plagued by too many applicants and too few admissions officers.

Jordan Goldman is an aspiring writer with well-placed connections who initially has his mind set on attending Brown and little else.

View Full Gatekeepsrs of PW. I found myself becoming almost as passionate as he was about his top picks, agreeing with some of his decisions, disagreeing with others, discovering in the process that my biases—and his—have more to do with personal past experience than actual evidence at hand.


When I read this book I wasn’t afraid at all in fact was very interested in learning more about the college admissions process.

Publishers Weekly reckoned it would not be of interest to students, but parents might buy it. Lists with This Book. Jul 29, Kyle rated it really liked it Shelves: I was more afraid the book was going to be boring, but I actually really liked it.

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Contents The Tortilla Test. Nothing to Do with the Dope. The Gatekeepers By Jacques Steinberg. I knew I didn’t want to write a memoir.

I read this book grudgingly for work, but ended up really liking it. Preview — The Gatekeepers by Jacques Steinberg. I knew Ralph had followed her for so long. Other editions – View all The Gatekeepers: But on the other side, I feel this is one way to really reach my potential. Finally, Tiffany Wang is a student with stellar test scores and a comprehensive extracurricular activities portfolio that does little to impress Figueroa; however, we later learn that her letter-writing to prisoners on death row, something she never mentions in her applications, makes her stand out.

This page was last edited on 16 Novemberat Fast families, virtual children: The author shadows a college admissions recruiter through the process at Wesleyan. I thought it was fascinating. It’s quite revealing to see how elite universities recruit students as well as how decisions are made amongst the admissions staff. This book is especially enlightening rig This is an excellent ethnographic study of what the college admissions process is like using Wesleyan University as the focal point.

Beats me why I’m happily reading this genre of Elite-American-College-Process all of a sudden, except some kind of train wreck fascination. But that’s honest, too, and in the end, everyone seems to be doing pretty well.

The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College by Jacques Steinberg

How much did the author make up, after hasty steinberb interviews, about people’s decision-making and their feelings about the college search? Trivia About The Gatekeepers: To ask other readers questions about The Gatekeepersplease sign up. Also by Jacques Steinberg. Excellent for those who want to know what goes on in the college admissions pr Inside look at the college admissions process through the eyes of an admissions officer at Wesleyan University CT who analyzes six applicants from across the US and shows us how they are evaluated, jacues qualities the college looks for, and who eventually gets in.

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He also sreinberg the personal experiences of a half dozen high school seniors of various ethnic and economic backgrounds as they steinnerg through the often byzantine selection process. Inhe 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.

This is a “must read” if you really want to know about the college admissions process for the top schools.

Steinberg writes thoroughly and respectively about the process without judgment or hesitation. I really enjoyed following the not so straight and narrow academic lives of the high school students who participated in this book, their own thought processes, steinberv and decisions. Dec 15, Kressel Housman rated it it was amazing Shelves: The extremely long odds for almost all applicants to a school like this, much less Harvard or Yale, make me question the sanity of anyone who goes this route.

References to this book Aiding Students, Buying Students: And then we’re back to withering, as these kids are torn up by people who’ve known them for minutes, or given the chance of their lives only to find that it wasn’t the dream they’d been sold.

Steinberg does his damn best to paint very sympathetic portrait of the process, and it just kind of about works, which in a way made it all the more unappealing as everyone involved trundles through with high-minded, systemic self conviction and seemingly no capacity for any criticism of the system.

Julianna Bates is an academically stellar student-artist at Harvard-Westlake with an ethnic background that many colleges find compelling — she is both Gatekeeprrs American and Latina. It was jacqufs to witness the whole fraught process with the God’s eye view of a benevolent omniscient narrator. This nonfiction book reads like a work of fiction.