Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions (A FAN Program)

We are so happy to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome Jeff Selingo, author of the bestselling book, Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions. Selingo will be interviewed by Atlantic staff writer Adam Harris. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Who Gets In and Why from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Selingo and Harris that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book: 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: A Year Inside College Admissions, 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.

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. Selingo's newest book, Who Gets In and 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, and The Chronicle of Higher Education and is co-host of the podcast, FutureU.

About the Interviewer: 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.

Event date: 

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Online Zoom webinar!
Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982116293
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Scribner - September 15th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 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.