Best-Selling Author Jeffrey Selingo “Who Gets In And Why”

Welcome Jeffrey Selingo

We’re joined on the Starline by New York Times Bestselling Author Jeffrey Selingo. His latest book “Who Gets In And Why”.  looks at the confusing, secretive world of college admissions. Welcome Jeff.

Let’s go Beyond the Mic for more than 20 years you have written about college & universities. How did your time at Ithaca, Vanderbilt and Johns Hopkins Universities help mold this desire to write about the institutions you spent 10 years of your life at?

Colleges & universities are using high tech analytics and algorithms to fine tune their pitches to students. How has technology helped and hurt students get into the school they want?

Author Jeffey Selingo joins us Beyond the Mic to discuss his latest book, “Who Gets In and Why”, Jeff you talk about how the admissions requirements in the 1950’s to get into Cal Berkeley was simple. Complete a set of high school courses with marks that average a B. Now it’s completely different.

Who gets into universities may not be just because of grades or financial needs but other reason like what the university might need. What are those needs?


How has the Coronavirus Pandemic affected college admissions?

Is that because the test doesn’t show them what they want to see or have we grown beyond just a testing number

“Who Gets In and Why” is the book Author Jeff Selingo joins us Beyond the Mic. Recently celebrities were caught up in the FBI’s Operation Varsity Blues. How did something so dark as paying to be designated an athlete when the student wasn’t get missed by college admissions officers?

With colleges eliminating athletic programs, how will that affect their overall student admissions?

What is the secret to writing an essay that isn’t fluff but will show a college admissions officer a student is worthy of an admit?

How do students focusing on academic force schools to value and review them like they value athletes?

You talk about several students throughout the book, are you keeping in touch with them to see how their experiences in college (switching majors, financial aid difficulties etc) have changed?

How have the pandemic moving classes online affect students? They are getting a similar education but not the college experience?

You are a Special Advisor / Professor of Practice at Arizona State University. How has that opportunity changed you?

How can students maximize their ability to get to the right school and the most bang for their buck

The Rockin’ 8

Time is running out, so it’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions, and answer with the first thing that comes to your mind.

There is no Pressure.

1. Favorite monument in Washington D.C. ?

2. What were the other schools you looked at when you were college school hunting?

3. You’ve written about higher education the last twenty years, what was the first story you broke when you were a young journalist?

4. Favorite movie of all time is? Even if it’s in the middle

5. Last fight you had with your daughters was over what?

6. Favorite TV Show?

7. If you could have been anything else than a writer or journalist you would liked to have been ?

8. What project are you going to work on now?

How can people find you and your book?

His favorite monument is the FDR, loves _to watch “The Fugitive” and wants you to know “Who Gets In And Why”. Jeffrey Selingo thank for taking the time to talk with me today.

And that my friends is Beyond the Mic.

Jeffrey Selingo
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