The Chosen

the hidden history of admission and exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton

By Karabel, Jerome

Publishers Summary:
"The competition for a spot in the Ivy League - widely considered the ticket to success - is fierce and getting fiercer. But the admissions policies of elite universities have long been both tightly controlled and shrouded in secrecy. In The Chosen, the Berkeley sociologist Jerome Karabel lifts the veil on a century of admission and exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. How did the policies of our elite schools evolve? Whom have they let in and why? And what do those policies say about America?"--BOOK JACKET.

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ISBN
978-0-61857-458-2
Publisher
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2005.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on September 1, 2005

Who gets into what college, and why? Karabel (sociology, Univ. of California, Berkeley) has produced a powerful study of the origins of current practices of selective admission at the "Big Three" and the ways in which definitions of merit, and attendant admissions policies, evolved during the 20th century. Perhaps because access to higher education is becoming increasingly competitive (with so much made of the connection between higher education and economic success later in life),...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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