Who Gets In and Why: Inside College Admissions (A FAN Program with Jeff Selingo)

Congratulations to Family Action Network (FAN) on their 40th anniversary season!

 We are pleased to collaborate with FAN as they welcome Jeff Selingo, author of the bestseller Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions. Selingo will be interviewed by Andy Borst, Ph.D., Director of Undergraduate Admissions at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This IN-PERSON event will be recorded and will also be livestreamed. The recording will be available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

 About the Event: 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 has reported on higher education for more than two decades. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal. He’s a special advisor for innovation and professor of practice at Arizona State University and has also served as visiting scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

About the Author: 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. He writes regularly for The AtlanticThe Washington Post, The New York TimesThe Chronicle of Higher Education and is co-host of the podcast, FutureU.

About the Interviewer: Andy Borst, Ph.D. is the Director of Undergraduate Admissions at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has over 20 years of experience in higher education working at multiple flagship universities, regional campuses, and liberal arts college. Dr. Borst is often cited in national news stories regarding admission practices and ethical considerations in enrollment. He recently chaired the Admissions Practices committee for the Illinois Association of College Admissions Counseling.


Event date: 

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Event address: 

Adlai E. Stevenson High School
Performing Arts Center, 1 Stevenson Dr.
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions By Jeffrey Selingo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982116293
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Published: Scribner - September 15th, 2020

From award-winning higher education journalist and New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Selingo comes a revealing look from inside the admissions office—one that identifies surprising strategies that will aid in the college search.