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The Gatekeepers: A Premier College Admits Its Freshman Class

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From the fall of 1999 to the spring of 2000, New York Times education reporter Jacques Steinberg was given unparalleled access to an entire admissions season at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. In that time, he discovered just how difficult it could be to winnow down a list of nearly seven thousand applicants to seven hundred freshmen for the class of 2004.

Steinberg follows an admissions officer and his eight counterparts through the daunting task of recruiting students nationwide, reading through each of their applications, and meeting behind closed doors for a week in March to finalize the incoming class.

He also recounts the personal experiences of a half dozen high school seniors of various ethnic and economic backgrounds as they struggle through the often byzantine selection process. Find out why:

* high SATs and many extracurricular activities are not always critical

* a student's "story" can either be helpful or detrimental

* one student with a 1480 SAT score and high grades can face stiff competition from another three thousand miles away whose board score is 900 and who has a handful of Ds on her report card

* an officer peering into the application pool is often most excited to see a reflection of him- or herself staring back

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

ONE

The Tortilla Test 1

TWO

Don't Send Me Poems 27

THREE

Istanbul (Not Constantinople) 55

FOUR

Considered Without Prejudice 89

FIVE

Read Faster, Say No 119

SIX

Thundercats and X-Men 149

SEVEN

Nothing to Do with the Dope 173

EIGHT

Things Seem to Have Gone Well 199

NINE

420-ed 219

TEN

Unnamed Gorgeous Small Liberal Arts School 235

Epilogue 263

Acknowledgments 285

Selected Bibliography 289

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670031351
Author:
Steinberg, Jacques
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Location:
New York
Subject:
Higher
Subject:
Education
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Universities and colleges
Subject:
Administration - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
Bd.4
Publication Date:
September 2002
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
xxiii, 292 p.
Dimensions:
9.30x6.24x1.17 in. 1.30 lbs.

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