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 author shadows a college admissions recruiter through the process at Wesleyan. I found myself becoming almost as passionate as he was about his top picks, agreeing with some of his gateeepers, 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.

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Retrieved 13 March Open Preview See a Problem? Beth Provinse, in the Journal of College Admissionscriticized Steinberg for focusing on one school, which she said did not reflect “the current realities of college admission. 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.

Taking it one step further, the New York Times journalist has no qualms complimenting other universities, like Yale, Cornell, Amherst, or others as he details the thought processes of the students seeking admissions.

How much did the author make up, after hasty shallow interviews, about people’s decision-making and their feelings about the college search? Dec 06, James Xu rated it it was amazing. Return to Book Page. Jordan Goldman is an aspiring writer with well-placed connections who initially has his mind set on attending Brown and little else.

zteinberg References to this book Aiding Students, Buying Students: Singer and John B. Fast families, virtual children: To ask other readers questions about The Gatekeepersplease sign up. These men and women give their lives to their institution, pouring steinnberg hearts out to fight for high school students that deserve a chance to better themselves through higher education.

This ploy paid off for Bays, as he was eventually admitted and, appropriately, netted a job after graduation answering viewer mail for David Letterman.


College applicants, who are bombarded with test prep guides and annual college resources, probably won’t pick this up, but their parents and guidance counselors will surely want it. While it only profiles one college mainly, and others offhand, it provides a better description than many traditional guidebooks into the college admissions process. He graduated in from Dartmouth College, where he majored in history and edited the student daily, The Dartmouth.

This page was last edited on 16 Novemberat When I read this book I wasn’t afraid at all in fact was very interested in learning more about the college admissions process.

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This is truly a fascinating book, from a collegiate gateeepers. Looking for More Great Reads? 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.

I have no idea how many kids Steinberg met, but I fell in love with the half-dozen he chose to show. My library Help Advanced Book Search. So, like Jordan, I want to a mid-tier liberal arts college that was anxious to snap up the Ivy League’s remnants although unlike Jordan, I was savvy enough to choose one that gave me a substantial merit scholarship. The author does a wonderful job of pivoting the story around one admissions person, but he also follows about a dozen students from their junior high school years until a few years into college.

And then we’re back to withering, as these kids jacquds 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. Over the course of nearly a year, Steinberg gtaekeepers admissions officer Ralph Figueroa on a tour to assess and recruit Steinbery recommend it highly.

The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College

Despite her low class rank, she flourishes at a Maryland preparatory school, becoming one of the first Latina campus leaders the school had ever had. And beautifully honest, whenever we get to spend some time with the kids and explore their lives, their decisions, their hopes and fears.


Mar 10, Laura McNeal rated it really liked jacquea Shelves: A really interesting non-fiction book about the admissions process at an “ivy league light” instituion. Views Read Edit View history. He has two jaacques children and is married to Sharon Weinstock, a lawyer.

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It was fun to witness the whole fraught process with the God’s eye view of a benevolent omniscient narrator. 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.

For the documentary film, see The Gatekeepers film. Jul 29, Pages Buy. Using real names, applications and interviews, Steinberg follows six applicants of varying backgrounds from their first encounter with Figueroa to their final acceptance or rejection. Aug 20, Barbara rated it liked it. Jul 29, Kyle rated it really liked it Shelves: Fast families, virtual children: LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Reading it brought me right back to my high school and college years, except that now with an adult’s perspective, I can see all my mistakes more clearly than ever.

Mar 14, Kristin rated it really liked it. Lists with This Book. 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.

See all books by Jacques Steinberg. Oct vatekeepers, Susan Flahive rated it it was amazing. The enforced cynicism of fourteen year olds having to spend years of their lives figuring out what possibly makes them special in very narrow ways, how to package it, and finally how to conform to it.