What I Learned About College Admissions After 2 Years on the Inside

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It’s been a whirlwind two weeks since Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions was released on September 15. Thank you for all your support. I was on CBS This Morning on Friday to talk about the book (and also on the CTM podcast). The book landed on the USA Today bestsellers list. Friday night, it rose to #71 among all books sold on Amazon and it’s headed to its third printing in a few weeks. People find out about books mostly from their friends and colleagues, so if you have the book or read it, please tell others about it.

As today’s newsletter will explore, I’ve learned a lot about the world of college admissions in the 2+ years of reporting for the book.

🖥 Two can’t miss virtual events this week:

For parents of high schoolers:

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a group of people sitting on a bench: Graduating Masters students from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) gather the day before their online graduation ceremony, in Manhattan, New York City, May 15, 2020. Andrew Kelly/Reuters


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Graduating Masters students from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) gather the day before their online graduation ceremony, in Manhattan, New York City, May 15, 2020. Andrew Kelly/Reuters

For high school seniors and their parents, and for families of high school juniors as well, the ongoing pandemic has impacted every aspect of the college search and application process. 



a close up of a sign: "THE COLLEGE CONVERSATION: A Practical Companion for Parents to Guide Their Children Along the Path to Higher Education," by Eric Furda and Jacques Steinberg. Courtesy of Penguin Random House


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“THE COLLEGE CONVERSATION: A Practical Companion for Parents to Guide Their Children Along the Path to Higher Education,” by Eric Furda and Jacques Steinberg. Courtesy of Penguin Random House

Standardized tests like the SAT and ACT have become optional at most four-year colleges and universities, at least for this academic year and perhaps into the future. Many students who were scheduled to enroll on college campuses this fall have instead chosen to defer their arrival by taking a

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4 questions about college admissions during a pandemic answered

For high school seniors and their parents, and for families of high school juniors as well, the ongoing pandemic has impacted every aspect of the college search and application process. 

THE COLLEGE CONVERSATION cover

“THE COLLEGE CONVERSATION: A Practical Companion for Parents to Guide Their Children Along the Path to Higher Education,” by Eric Furda and Jacques Steinberg.

Courtesy of Penguin Random House


Standardized tests like the SAT and ACT have become optional at most four-year colleges and universities, at least for this academic year and perhaps into the future. Many students who were scheduled to enroll on college campuses this fall have instead chosen to defer their arrival by taking a gap year, raising questions among applicants for next year’s class about whether the availability of precious seats will be tighter. 

Meanwhile, the ability to visit campuses in-person — normally a critical step as young people and their families assess potential fit —

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