Jeff Selingo - Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions

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Join us online for an insightful evening with journalist and higher education expert , Jeff Selingo.

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  • Jeff's new book, Who Gets In and Why, was released Sept. 15th and is available through Books, Inc.

Join us online for an insightful evening with journalist and higher education expert, Jeff Selingo, as he dispels entrenched notions about the college admissions process.

While many have long believed that college admissions decisions are driven largely by merit, Jeff presents a more complicated truth. Embedded in three distinctly different admissions offices — a selective private university, a leading liberal arts college, and a flagship public campus — Jeff closely observed college admission officers as they made their often agonizing and sometimes life-changing decisions.

Based on a year of reading applications and sitting through committee meetings where up and down votes were taken, Jeff reveals what really matters to the gatekeepers and how their ultimate decisions are often based on a college’s priorities. Following interviews with students, testing agencies, marketers, and ranking organizations, Jeff also shares practical advice and helpful strategies for navigating the confusing, chaotic, and often-times stressful college application process.

Biography

Jeffrey J. Selingo has written about higher education for two decades and is the author of two New York Times best sellers, a contributing writer at the Washington Post and The Atlantic, and co-host of the podcast FutureU. Serving as a special advisor at Arizona State University, he is a founding director of the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership.

Jeff received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ithaca College and master’s degree in government from the Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the board of trustees at Ithaca College and lives with his wife and two daughters in Washington, D.C.

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  • Audience: High school parents and students; teachers, and counselors
  • Admission:  Free

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  • Mountain View Los Altos High School Foundation
  • Los Altos Educational Foundation
  • Mountain View Whisman Educational Foundation
  • Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council

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