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The Gatekeepers Audiobook

The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College

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Publisher's Summary

In the fall of 1999, 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, Steinberg accompanied admissions officer Ralph Figueroa on a tour to assess and recruit the most promising students in the country.

The Gatekeepers follows a diverse group of prospective students as they compete for places in the nation's most elite colleges. The first book to reveal the college admission process in such behind-the-scenes detail, The Gatekeepers will be required reading for every parent of a high school-age child and for every student facing the arduous and anxious task of applying to college.

©2002 Jack Steinberg (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Carol Highlands, NJ, United States 09-26-12
    Carol Highlands, NJ, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "should be required reading for high school juniors"
    Would you listen to The Gatekeepers again? Why?

    Absolutely. I want to process the information.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Enjoyed the reality of following an admissions officier.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, I wish the author would realize that school counselors could actually be vaulable resources to parents. I was offended by some of the generalizations about the profession. However, this book will still be on a reference slide during a college planning presentation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T. Lowry Pa USA 07-28-14
    T. Lowry Pa USA 07-28-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Excellent insight but too much filler"

    The parts of this book which detail the admissions process and decisions are truly excellent and invaluable to anyone seeking to understand how elite schools make their decisions. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in this topic.

    This book was adapted from a series of articles. It shows. Substantial time is taken on detailing people and their backgrounds to get a better sense of where the different characters are coming from. This was somewhat interesting when the subject was an admissions officer, still bearable when it was one of the various applicants but the author didn't stop there. Are in-depth details the admissions officers parent's stories really of any value? Not so much, but still worse was the many minutes on his grandfather. I skipped over quite a bit at this point but, given the trend, I expect that in the hour+ I skipped we learned quite a bit of the back story of the UPS delivery man and the barista at the local coffee shop.

    However, once it got to the actual decision making process the book was informative and riveting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    wish 4 par 06-29-13
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    a well written, VERY interesting book on the the college admission process, but more like a nonfiction novel, than a reference book on the process.


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    Tanya 08-03-16
    Tanya 08-03-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating Details of Admissions @ Elite Colleges"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A must read for parents who think they want their children to apply to elite colleges or anyone who might want to be a college admissions officer or high school guidance counselor. While Steinberg follows the graduating class of 2004, as the parent of kids who are Tufts Class of 2015 and Trinity College Class of 2020, the process has changed if only to become even more competitive. THE GATEKEEPERS won't teach you how to get your child into an elite college, but it will help you - and your child - understand the numbers game. I am solidly middle class and this book helped me learn things that children from wealthy families do to make themselves more appealing to elite colleges. There is a lot of "filler," but I found that the backstories of all the participants in the book, from the counselors and admissions officers to the applicants, helped round out and give a real face to the facts. I even enjoyed the history of colleges and college admissions that Steinberg included.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the second epilogue Steinberg added to THE GATEKEEPERS, which is from 2012. It is interesting to find out where the major players are now and how their admissions experience and time at college shaped them. The applicants are now approaching 30. Steinberg also discusses how wide use of the Common App has changed admissions as well as the waning value of the SAT and how foreign students are being actively sought as applicants.


    Have you listened to any of Jacques Steinberg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Gatekeepers?

    Although my youngest won't start thinking about college for another 5 years, I am going to approach it differently with him, from the colleges he considers to when we start looking at them to visiting campuses early.


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    Kate Scheideman 06-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting perspective, if a bit outdated"
    What did you love best about The Gatekeepers?

    It's amazing how quickly the topic of college admissions can evolve. I really enjoyed this book for what it was - an inside look at a fairly selective private university's admission process for the class of 2004. While several things about the process are already outdated, I enjoyed some of the more humanistic pieces that it shows in a world that is generally dominated more by numbers.


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    vivek mehta Boston, MA USA 02-14-16
    vivek mehta Boston, MA USA 02-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Engaging and interesting"

    I thought the topic was challenging. But the author very elegantly managed to keep it very interesting. Instead of drab statistics and data the narrative is full of human drama and emotions and still manages to describe the essential details and facts of the admission process. It was especially rewarding to "read" the 10 year follow up.

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    Jessica Marando Martinez Ocala, FL 01-24-16
    Jessica Marando Martinez Ocala, FL 01-24-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Very insightful"

    The Gatekeepers reads like a story following a caring admission counselor from Wesleyan University. The author goes very in depth into a few of the applicants stories. The book was well written and the narrator (author) had a pleasant voice. You really get a feel of what they are looking for in highly selective admissions offices.

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