A higher-education journalist draws on insider access to explain the nuts and bolts of college admissions today, outlining the unexpected agendas that reflect which and why prospective students receive admission into better schools. Full description
A higher-education journalist draws on insider access to explain the nuts and bolts of college admissions today, outlining the unexpected agendas that reflect which and why prospective students receive admission into better schools.
Many believe that college admissions is merit-based, rewarding the best students. Selingo, who was embedded in three different admissions offices, dispels entrenched notions of how to compete and win at the admissions game, and reveals that teenagers and parents have much to gain by broadening their notion of what qualifies as a "good college." Hint: it's not all about the sticker on the car window. Admissions officers often make split-second decisions based on a variety of factors-- like diversity, money, and, ultimately, whether a student will enroll if accepted. Selingo guides prospective students on how to honestly assess their strengths and match with the schools that will best serve their interests. -- adapted from jacket
xiv, 306 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-288) and index.
Jeffrey Selingo is an award-winning journalist who has reported on higher education for more than two decades. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post , The New York Times , The Atlantic , and The Wall Street Journal . He's a special advisor to the president of Arizona State University and a visiting scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Selingo is the bestselling author of There Is Life After College and College (Un)Bound . He lives in Washington, DC, with his family.