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.

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The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College

The Gatekeepers is an engaging account of a year in the lives of an admissions officer and six high school seniors whose paths converge at Wesleyan University.

Steinberg, an education reporter for the New York Times, garnered the opportunity to observe the Wesleyan University admissions office assembling the freshman class. Those reading The Gatekeepers to find tips on how to gain admission to an elite college will not find much here.

This question led Steinberg to cover the world of college admissions, and he sought out admissions officers willing to let him observe the admissions process. Due to the private nature of collegiate admissions, Steinberg was rebuffed at several colleges, but successfully persuaded the staff at Wesleyan to allow him access to the process of creating the class of Specifically, Steinberg follows the life of Ralph Figueroa, an eight-year veteran of the admissions profession.


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His intensive shadowing of Figueroa shapes the majority of The Gatekeepers. The discussion of their friendship foreshadows the professional challenges college admissions brings to their personal relationship over the course of the year. There are interesting vignettes of Gatkeepers in action at college fairs, working to establish personal relationships in order to recruit top students to Wesleyan.

Julianna Bates is an academically stellar student-artist at Harvard-Westlake with an ethnic background that many colleges find compelling — she is both African American and Latina. Figueroa has been recruiting Julianna since her freshman year of high school.

Another Harvard-Westlake student, Becca Jannol, takes a risk in her essay by detailing the ethical lessons she learned after eating a marijuana-laced brownie, hoping that her integrity steinbeerg strong record of leadership will land her a spot in a selective college, like Wesleyan. Jordan Goldman is an aspiring writer with well-placed connections who initially has his mind set on attending Brown and little else.

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Despite her low class rank, she flourishes at a Maryland preparatory school, becoming one of the first Latina campus leaders the school had ever had. Finally, Tiffany Wang is a student with stellar stfinberg scores and a comprehensive extracurricular activities portfolio that does little to impress Figueroa; however, we later learn that her letter-writing to prisoners on death row, something she never mentions in her applications, makes her stand out.


The toll this scrutiny takes on students is evident in their personal accounts, as readers discover in the words of Becca Jannol: I felt for [Figueroa]. I knew Ralph had followed her for so long. Be] true to who you are. This point is perhaps best illustrated in the delightful story of Carter L.

Bays, a student steinbrrg at Wesleyan a decade ago. This ploy paid off for Bays, as he was eventually admitted and, appropriately, netted a job after graduation answering viewer mail for David Letterman. The gatekeepers have the unenviable yet exciting task of balancing externalities such as median SAT scores, favorable U.

Nevertheless, readers will walk away with an appreciation for the effort put forth by all constituents in this book.

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