Award-winning journalist Jeffrey Selingo spent parts of 2018 and 2019 embedded at three different universities to get an inside look at the admissions process: University of Washington, Davidson College, and Emory University. He was trying to answer the central question millions of college-bound kids and their parents ask themselves every year: who gets in, and why? The answer, it turns out, is surprising, and has a lot more to do with the college or university’s needs than with what’s best for students.
In his new best-selling book Who Gets In and Why, Mr. Selingo shares what he learned from months inside the college admission process. Most of us probably believe that this process is about merit, grades, and SAT scores, rewarding the best students, but Mr. Selingo presents a more complicated truth, showing that who gets in is more frequently about the college’s agenda than about the applicant. In a world where thousands of equally qualified students vie for a fixed number of spots at elite institutions, admissions officers often make split-second decisions based on a variety of factors—including whether a student will enroll if accepted.
Selingo will be joined by Melissa Korn, Wall Street Journal higher education reporter and co-author of Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit, and the Making of the College Admissions Scandal.
This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and our YouTube channel.
AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who buy a copy of "Who Gets In and Why" from The Book Stall are invited to an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Selingo and Korn that will start after the webinar. Copy and paste to purchase: https://www.thebookstall.com/book/9781982116293 .
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