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.

Author: Gojora Shazahn
Country: Suriname
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Personal Growth
Published (Last): 24 June 2006
Pages: 129
PDF File Size: 16.91 Mb
ePub File Size: 17.6 Mb
ISBN: 184-7-52692-883-2
Downloads: 14859
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Arami

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

The Harvard Educational Review – HEPG

Stay in Touch Sign up. H Jacques Steinberg is the author of The Gatekeepers: Jacques Steinberg has been a staff reporter for The New York Times for more than ten years and currently is a national education correspondent.

Open Preview See a Problem? If you’re thinking about college or starting to apply then this is a book you must read. The author shadowed an admissions officer and had contact with several others during an entire admissions season.

I usually try not to read work-related books for fun, but this account of the college admissions process really drew me in. Journal of College Admissions, Summer It brought out all my latent pedagogical-ideological background, probably because I couldn’t help think of myself atalso, which is when I learned this stuff, straight back to Paulo Freire and Martin Buber, with a level of irritation I’m actually a little surprised by. It’s quite revealing to see how elite universities recruit students as well as how decisions are made amongst the admissions staff.

But on the other side, I feel gate,eepers is one way to really reach my potential. Steinberg, an education reporter for the New York Times, garnered the opportunity to observe the Wesleyan University admissions office assembling the freshman class.

And then we’re back to withering, as these kids are torn up by people who’ve known them for steinberv, or given the chance of their lives only to find that it wasn’t the dream they’d been sold.

Jordan Goldman is an aspiring writer with well-placed connections who initially has his mind set on attending Brown and little else. Please try again later.

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. Over the course of nearly a year, Steinberg accompanied admissions officer Ralph Figueroa on a tour to assess and recruit the most promising students in the country. Singer and John B. Lists with This Book. Being a college student with a prospect of transferring, I was attuned to the novel since many of the cases shed light upon a seemingly Excellent for those who want to know what goes on in the college admissions pr Inside look at the college admissions process through the eyes of an admissions officer at Wesleyan University CT who analyzes six applicants from across the US and shows us how they are evaluated, what qualities the college looks for, and who eventually gets in.


He has two school-age children and is married to Sharon Weinstock, a lawyer. The Gatekeepers then follows a diverse group of prospective students as they compete for places in the nation’s most elite colleges.

What happened to the applicant in an early chapter who could sing and who got put in the “defer” pile? He presents the facts carefully and in a way that is engaging, entertaining and enlightening. I knew I didn’t want to write a memoir. Mar 10, Laura McNeal rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 28, Marcy rated it it was amazing. Jul 29, Kyle rated it really liked it Shelves: Perhaps the saddest part is the coda, wherein two students who were accepted despite mediocre grades and SAT scores were unable to handle the academic work and had to take time off from college, whereas two students who were rejected despite great SAT scores soared a This is probably one of the most depressing books I’ve ever read.

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.

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

This is a “must read” if you really want to know about the college admissions process for the top schools. Dont Send Me Poems. Fast families, virtual children: Nevertheless, readers will walk away with an appreciation for the effort put forth by all constituents in this book.

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. Over the course of nearly a year, Steinberg accompanied admissions officer Ralph Figueroa on a tour to assess gatekeeepers recruit the most promising students in the country.


Guaranteed to make any college applicant highly anxious.

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.

The Gatekeepers is both an intelligent expose of the college admissions system and yet a frightening picture of what is, and will continue to gateksepers, a maddening system of partial judges.

Pages to jjacques images to Wikidata. This book helped cast light on a process that has always been a great mystery to me – why some students get into a particular college and not others – and steinherg the process of stdinberg who gets in and when reveals about our beliefs about merit and fairness.

Those reading The Gatekeepers to find tips on how to gain admission to an elite college will not find much here. His intensive shadowing of Figueroa shapes the majority of The Gatekeepers.

Education reporter Steinberg presents a compelling tale in this account, told from the perspective of Ralph Figueroa, an admissions officer at Wesleyan University. 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 steinbefg that all the players were willing to let this stranger into their lives — especially the students and their families.

In that time, he discovered just how difficult it could be to winnow down a list of nearly seven thousand applicants yatekeepers seven hundred freshmen for the class of Discover what to read next. Excellent for those who want to know what goes on in the college admissions process.

THE GATEKEEPERS: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College

Happily, this book contains an epilogue, which describes the fate of the gate,eepers prospects. More By and About This Author. Where you get in is not who you are or how good you are. Jan 18, Tisha rated it really liked it. She cited the University of Michigan ‘s highly publicized point system as an example.