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Jeffrey Selingo

Who Gets In And Why: A Year Inside College Admissions

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To make sense of the confusion behind the college admission process, journalist and higher education authority Jeff Selingo returns to GPS to give a peek behind the curtain of college acceptance.

For an entire admissions cycle, Selingo was embedded in three college admissions offices and followed a group of high-school seniors through the application adventure. During the process he encountered the players who maneuver behind the scenes: the marketers; the financial aid consultants; and the reviewers who all have an outsized role in who gets in and why.

Selingo will highlight the implications of recent policy changes on acceptance, dispel entrenched notions of how to compete and win, and reveal why teenagers and parents have much to gain by broadening their notion of what qualifies as a “good college.”

Jeff Selingo has written about higher education for more than two decades and is a New York Times bestselling author of three books. His latest book, “Who Gets In & 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. A regular contributor to The Atlantic, Jeff is a special advisor for innovation and professor of practice at Arizona State University. He also co-hosts the podcast FutureU. He lives in Washington DC with his family.


Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D. founder of Academic Approach will follow Selingo with an update about the content, strategy, and timeline for the ACT test preparation, specifically some of its newer features like its digital format.

The ACT Test will replace the SAT test as the Illinois State Board of Education assessment of Illinois Learning Standards for all high school students starting in the 2024-25 school year.

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