|Cover artist||William Mercer|
|Media type||Print (hardcover)|
|LC Class||LB2351.2 .S72 2002|
The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College is a 2002 nonfiction book, written by education reporter Jacques Steinberg, that examines the inner workings of the admissions committee at Wesleyan University. The book expands upon a series of articles Steinberg wrote in the New York Times. Steinberg follows six college applicants through the admissions process. The book covers issues such as affirmative action, recruiting, standardized testing and the significance of the SATs.
The Gatekeepers was not a best-seller. It received both negative and positive reviews.
Beth Provinse, in the Journal of College Admissions, criticized Steinberg for focusing on one school, which she said did not reflect "the current realities of college admission." She argued that in contrast to Wesleyan's admissions practices, many colleges emphasize a numbers approach in evaluating a candidate. She cited the University of Michigan's highly publicized point system as an example.
Shannon Bloomstran of The Book Reporter, said it was a "fascinating peek behind the curtain" and said that before reading she "really had no idea of the extent of agony and debate that takes place in the admissions offices of these highly selective schools."
- "THE GATEKEEPERS: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- "The Gatekeepers By Jacques Steinberg (Review)". Harvard Education Review. Summer 2004. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- Beth Provinse. Journal of College Admissions, Summer 2003. Issue 180. pg. 30
- Bloomstran, Shannon. "Review". Bookreporter.com.
- Edward B. Fiske
- Bundris, John. "In 'Gatekeepers,' a real-life peek behind closed doors of college admissions offices".