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Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions
Award-winning journalist Jeff 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 2020 best-selling book Who Gets In and Why, named among the 100 Notable Books of the year by The New York Times, 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 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 in conversation with Adam Harris, a staff writer at The Atlantic where he has covered education and national politics since 2018. He is the author of the 2021 book The State Must Provide: Why America’s Colleges Have Always Been Unequal – And How to Set Them Right.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Who Gets In and Why from FAN's partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Selingo and Harris that will start immediately after the webinar. Copy and paste this link to purchase the book: https://www.thebookstall.com/event/who-gets-and-why-year-inside-college-admissions-fan-program

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Oct 26, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Jeff Selingo
Journalist and bestselling author @https://www.jeffselingo.com/
Jeff Selingo is a New York Times bestselling author of three books. For more than twenty years, his in-depth reporting and powerful storytelling has provided insight about the inner workings of universities and a practical roadmap for higher ed’s future to students, parents, college leaders, and business executives. Selingo's newest book, Who Gets In & Why: A Year Inside College Admissions, was published in September 2020 and was named among the 100 Notable Books of the year by the New York Times. It takes readers on a journey through the selection process from inside three admissions offices, revealing what really matters to the gatekeepers and how the ultimate decision is often based on a college’s priorities. He writes regularly for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education and is co-host of the podcast, FutureU.
Adam Harris
Staff writer for The Atlantic and author, The State Must Provide @https://harrisadam.com/
Adam Harris is a staff writer at The Atlantic where he has covered education and national politics since 2018. He is the author of the 2021 book The State Must Provide: Why America’s Colleges Have Always Been Unequal – And How to Set Them Right, a narrative history of racial inequality in higher education. Previously, Mr. Harris served as a reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he covered federal education policy and historically black colleges and universities. In 2021, he was named to the Forbes “30 Under 30” list, and he was a National Fellow at New America. Harris’ writing has appeared in BBC, B/R Mag, EBONY Magazine, and ProPublica.
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