The College Admissions Book You Need to Read

Tomorrow is the publication date for Jeff Selingo’s new book, Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions. I was able to get my hands on a copy a few days early, thanks to River Road Books in Fair Haven. I am halfway through it and I attended a private Zoom meeting with Jeff last night. If you are the parent of a college-bound high school student, this is a must read.

Jeff Selingo is a journalist who has reported for over two decades on higher education. He was the editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is the bestselling author of two books about college, There is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow and College (Un)bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means For Students. He was well-positioned to write about college admissions.

Jeff embedded in the admissions department of three different colleges to research for this book. He takes an in-depth look at how decisions are made at University of Washington, Davidson College and Emory University. This is an interesting slice of schools: a large state flagship in the Pacific Northwest, a small liberal arts college in rural North Carolina and a medium-sized school in Atlanta. If your family is negotiating this passage, Jeff’s book will help uncover some of the mystery of who gets in and why. I highly recommend it!

I am posting quotes on my instagram story as I read the book. You can follow me at louiselarsen14.

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