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Who Gets In and Why: An Inside Look at College Admissions

The Bryn Mawr School invites students, parents and educators from Baltimore and beyond to spend an evening with journalist and author Jeff Selingo, author of the new book, Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions. This virtual event will take place on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. and include both a presentation and a moderated Q&A. Register here.
Selingo spent a year embedded at three different college admissions offices —the University of Washington, Emory University, and Davidson College— to find out how they actually look at applications. The book also follows a group of high-school seniors through the process as well as players behind-the-scenes, including the marketers, the financial-aid consultants, and the rankers. The result is a narrative that dispels entrenched notions of how to compete and win at the admissions game, and reveals that teenagers and parents have much to gain by broadening their notion of what qualifies as a “good college.”

“The college admission process is dynamic and varies by institution. Mr. Selingo’s inside look at admissions processes and practices will help students and families begin to understand there is not one way that admission decisions are made,” said Ann Marie Strauss, Bryn Mawr’s Director of College Counseling. "Each year admission deans are tasked with institutional goals and priorities upon which they build the class. We look forward to learning together about identifying “good colleges” (of which there are many) that are solid fits for Bryn Mawr students.”

Jeffrey Selingo has reported on higher education for more than 20 years. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal. He’s a special advisor to the president of Arizona State University and has also served as visiting scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Selingo is the bestselling author of There Is Life After College and College (Un)Bound. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his family.

Register for the event here.
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