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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It really highlights how unfair the process has been to both sets of students.

These men and women give their lives steinnerg their institution, pouring their hearts out to fight for high school students that deserve a chance to better themselves through higher education. Overall, this book, paired with The Price of Admission, gave me the second wind I so desperately needed after living through my first semester dteinberg a graduate program in higher education. An author tour and national reviews will help raise their awareness of it.

She cited the University of Michigan ‘s highly publicized point system as an example.

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Reissued in Fallwith a new afterword by the jacquws, on the tenth anniversary of its first printing. Ralph and his colleagues really do read those entrance essays. Nov 19, Diane rated it it was amazing.

This question led Steinberg to cover the world of college admissions, and he sought out admissions officers willing to let him observe the admissions process.

Work hard and make the best of it; the rest of the world is not as fickle as undergrad admissions.

The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College

Jan 03, Lark Benobi rated it it was ok Shelves: The Gatekeepers follows a d In the fall ofNew York Times education reporter Jacques Steinberg was given an unprecedented opportunity to observe the admissions process at prestigious Wesleyan University. He can sometimes be seen swimming and biking in and around Westchester County, New York, though slowly, and not at any distance approaching that of an Ironman.


We are experiencing technical difficulties. Read it Forward Read it first. Aug 05, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: The author shadows a college admissions recruiter through the process at Wesleyan.

Jacques Steinberg was kind to all the individuals he described, but he was also unsparing.

To my vast surprise, the only number of stars I could justify at the end was This is a well written and engaging book, I felt very connected to Ralph and his own journey as a college admission officer. It’s not cold and dry nor presented too factually. I thought it was fascinating. I can hardly wait to visit other schools, interviewing for positions in their admissions or orientation offices.

It’s quite revealing to see how elite universities recruit students as well as how jxcques are made amongst the admissions staff. I read this book grudgingly for work, but ended up really liking it.

Although Steinberg seems to have no particular mission for this work, it is truly an expose in the arbitrary decisions that are made by college admissions committees.

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 gatekeepers row, something she never mentions in her applications, makes her stand out.

Due to the private nature of collegiate admissions, Steinberg was rebuffed at several colleges, but successfully persuaded the staff at Wesleyan to allow him access to the process of creating the class of What happened to the applicant in an early chapter who could sing and who got put in the “defer” pile?


I knew I didn’t want to write a memoir. View all 3 comments. I’ll admit that I was emotionally invested from the beginning. I was left mostly going ‘ugh’.

The Gatekeepers is an engaging account of a year in the lives of an admissions officer and six high school seniors whose paths converge at Wesleyan University. In the fall ofNew York Times education reporter Jacques Steinberg was given an unprecedented opportunity to observe the admissions process at prestigious Wesleyan University. For the Gatekeepers in children’s fantasy novel series, see The Power of Five.

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 to admit.

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For the documentary film, see The Gatekeepers film. While it may paint a bleak picture 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 jaques applicants and too few admissions officers. Jul 10, Jean rated it liked it Shelves: We were all fiercely wanted there, entirely regardless of ‘what we could add. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Because the whole thing felt a little bit off, a little bit forced, a little bit false.

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