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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The Gatekeepers

It is so impressive that the author was able to get such an ins I usually try not to read work-related books for fun, but this account of the college admissions process really drew me in. 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. Expanding on a series of articles in the New York TimesSteinberg provides an insider’s look at how Figueroa and the school’s admissions committee factored grades, test scores, essays, extracurricular activities and race into account as they winnowed students for the class of from nearly 7, applicants.

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.

Jacques Steinberg

But I can change my present, and since reading this book, I’ve been seriously considering graduate school. It’s not cold and dry nor gatekeepeds too factually. Jacques Steinberg follows an admissions officer for a year to see the ins and outs of the decision making process, and comes away with a well written and well researched book that provides some wonderful insight.

More from Jacques Steinberg. Fast families, virtual children: That said, I still skimmed over the bits where we left the students and went back to Ralph’s life. This is an honest book. About Jacques Steinberg Jacques Steinberg has been a staff reporter for Jzcques New York Times for more than ten years and currently is a national education correspondent.


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 gatekeelers goes this route. My judgements faced a comeuppance or two, and so did the admissions officer’s.

Steinberg follows six college applicants through the admissions process. This ploy paid off for Bays, as he was eventually admitted and, appropriately, netted a job after graduation answering viewer mail for David Letterman.

Feb 06, Norma Scogin rated it really liked it. It did what it set out to do, which is to inform the reader about the admissions process, and made it a grippingly human story by focusing on people, Wesleyan admissions officer Ralph Figueroa and six applicants he considered for the class of It was so important to Wesleyan to bring an American Indian to its school that they accepted one with Cs and Ds on his high school transcript while students at significantly more rigorous high schools with As and Bs in their Advanced Placement classes were not.

Happily, this book contains an epilogue, which describes the fate of the college prospects.

The beauty of Steinberg’s text is that he has no problem portraying quirks, idiosyncrasies, and even faults in the schools and people he is researching.

Overall, this book, paired with The Price of Admission, gave me gatekeeppers second wind I syeinberg desperately needed after living through my first semester of a graduate program in higher education. The Gatekeepers follows a diverse group of prospective students as they compete for places in the nation’s most elite colleges. It follows an admission officer on his recruitment trips and the process in general.

Figueroa has been recruiting Julianna since her freshman year of high school. Although not a how-to book per se, Steinberg’s work does include helpful advice, such as “there’s no way to outthink this process” and “if you’ve got something you want to write, steibnerg write it the way you want. I found myself becoming almost as passionate as he was about his top picks, agreeing with some of steinbegr 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.


It gives a detailed account about the admissions process into a highly selective college.

THE GATEKEEPERS: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College

It is so impressive that the author was able to get such an insider view of the admissions process props to Wesleyan for allowing this level of transparency and that all the players were willing to let this stranger into their lives — especially the students and their families. The Gatekeepers In its 20th Printing – Updated with a New Afterword 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.

As someone who is not familiar with the American college process and having a son in 11th grade tatekeepers New York, I chose this as book number one to gateeepers on college admissions, a little late perhaps. To me, it showed how gafekeepers the whole system is, even though the admissions officers really put their hearts into it and fight for individual candidates.

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

John Bundris of the Christian Science Monitor described The Gatekeepers as a gatekee;ers denouement after the college applications are in the mail – for parent and student alike”. Although Wesleyan University is predominantly white, I found it interesting that four of these students were minorities.

Other editions – View all The Gatekeepers: Apr 17, Lisa rated it really liked it. Guaranteed to make any college applicant highly anxious.

Mar 14, Kristin rated it really liked it. Trivia About The Gatekeepers: I love the way the story was told because it followed one admissions officer and several different high school prospects.

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