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by Rachel Toor


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Admissions Confidential is a definitive look at why those books don't work. Wear on the top and bottom edges of the book cover. Pages are warped on the corners. Some pages bottom corners are bent.

Admissions Confidential is a definitive look at why those books don't work. Toor lifts the veil on a process that anxious parents and high school students have never had decoded before. Rachel Toor was an admissions officer at Duke University for three years. She currently writes for The Chronicle of Higher Education and various running magazines. Библиографические данные. St. Martin's Press, 2014.

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Admissions Confidential is a definitive look at why those books don't work

Admissions Confidential is a definitive look at why those books don't work. And they may be shocked to find out: -that elite colleges spend thousands of dollars recruiting students they will never admit -why some students at the bottom of their high school classes are admitted to top schools when the valedictorians are rejected -how pricey independent college counselors can hurt an applicant's chances -why admission to a top school depends on who reads.

Toor lifts the veil on a process that anxious parents and high school students have never had decoded before.

ADMISSIONS CONFIDENTIAL. College Selection Process. This look at how undergraduates are admitted to selective colleges will disillusion the collegebound and exasperate their parents. Rachel Toor, a former admissions officer at Duke University, describes a system bedeviled by numbers, side effects and backfires.

Despite the positions that Toor makes evident in her book Admissions Confidential, Toor has not made significant contributions to Higher Education or college admission reform despite working for The Chronicle of Higher Education, a platform whose audience would be highly interested in such a discussion.

There are hundreds of books available that coach kids on writing college application essays, improving SAT scores and trying to beat the admissions system. Admissions Confidential is a definitive look at why those books don't work. Toor lifts the veil on a process that anxious parents and high school students have never had decoded before. And they may be shocked to find out:--that elite colleges spend thousands of dollars recruiting students they will never admit--why some students at the bottom of their high school classes are admitted to top schools when the valedictorians are rejected--how pricey independent college counselors can hurt an applicant's chances--why admission to a top school depends on who reads your application--why the top of the class at a high-performing high school may end up at their second and third choice Written in engaging first-person and covering the entire admissions process--from recruiting to enrollment--Admissions Confidential is a year in the life of a college admissions officer.

Comments: (7)

Gann
What an eye opener! The author must have been in Admissions at Duke during the 90's but this book is so relevant to today as nothing has changed since then. The Universities in America still expect our kids to out perform - to take the greatest number of AP classes they can in High School and to score a 5 on each AP test, to be a member of some Club(s) or Sport(s) for their 4 years of High School, to write the most intriguing essay ever when applying, to do something spectacular during their High School years i.e. write a play that gets performed on Broadway or cure Cancer - all this while still being a kid and trying to have fun with their peers and keep their sanity. When are we going to change all of this?
Thundershaper
This is a *great* book - I really don't understand the handful of snarky reviews. I suspect those folk were looking for the "magic key." This book doesn't give a magic key, because there isn't one. The book is honest and funny. I just spent the last 6 months watching my daughter negotiate all the turns and twists of college admissions and thought I wouldn't be ready to read a book like this for a while. I wish my daughter (and I) had read it before applying. It really makes you think about the other side of the elaborate admissions dance.
Balladolbine
Excellent read with a great inside view of the admissions process. This book is worth every bit of the price. I live the author’s veracity and candid accounts of her career in admissions.
MeGa_NunC
This is NOT a "how to get into college" guidebook. It is an entertaining look at what it is like to work on the admissions staff of a highly selective university.

Duke, as with all of the 20 or 30 most selective schools, has ten or twenty applicants for every opening, and the majority of the applicants rejected as as highly qualified as those who are accepted. The job of the admissions officer is NOT to decide who is qualified. It is decide which highly qualified person to accept and which to reject.

They must please each power group at the university. Accept legacies (children and grandchildren of graduates) to please the fund raising staff. Accept the children of billionaires to get the new library built. Accept pro quality basketball players to please the alumni. Admit money grubbers to please the staff in the econ department and business school. Accept a great tuba player to please the head of the marching band. Accept a tiny few Black and Hispanic students to create the image of diversity. And then maybe accept a few actual intellectuals and serious students so the liberal arts faculty won't whine.

An applicant is entering a lottery. Most who are rejected are as well qualified as those accepted. The good news: colleges such as Duke turn away great students. Those students then attend Lafayette, Albion, or Penn State where they have the opportunity to get a great education. There are hundreds of colleges in America where a talented student can get a great education.
HeonIc
Nope. Too much babble.
Browelali
Reads like a novel (writer provides rich but often irrelevant detail) but not enough "how-to" tips. The tone was also a bit pretentious.
Atineda
This is an interesting reading for college applicants and their parents. Real story screening the auto admits, WLs, and denies.
a fast read. some parts have value as an insight into admissions. the author almost comes across as at times somewhat mean and meanspirited.

the book does have entertainment value.

lousy picture in the dust jacket.
Admissions Confidential: An Insider's Account of the Elite College Selection Process download epub
Schools & Teaching
Author: Rachel Toor
ISBN: 0312284055
Category: Education & Teaching
Subcategory: Schools & Teaching
Language: English
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (September 4, 2001)
Pages: 288 pages