October 19, 2011

The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College

Soon, parents and kids will delve into the daunting college admission process. How do you navigate the mystifying process of college admissions?

To help students and parents, New York Times national education correspondent Jacques Steinberg will teach Inside the College Admissions Process, a course that is part of The New York Times Knowledge Network and open to consumers nationwide. Programs of Study courses, developed and taught by New York Times journalists or professional staff, cover a variety of topics and are delivered online.  

Steinberg, also the author of The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College, a Times best seller, and creator and moderator of The Choice blog, will help you, your college-bound teen, and college admissions counselors navigate the mystifying process of college admissions, including the following topics and highlights:

·        An analysis of the factors that carry the most weight with admissions offices.

·        A look at the merits of early decision and early action programs.

·        A special look at the application essay and its latest incarnations, such as video.

·        An overview of financial aid options and how to evaluate them for your family.

·        Viewpoints of financial aid experts, as well as students who have been through the process.

·        The importance of matching a particular student to particular schools.

·        Steinberg’s insights from his long experience reporting on this process, including experience gained by spending an entire year shadowing the admissions officers at Wesleyan University.

·        Exclusive on-camera interviews with the deans of admission from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan, who will walk participants through their selection processes.

Inside the College Admissions Process will take place from October 24 - November 20, 2011 (also available as a self-paced course).

More Information: 
October 24 - November 20, 2011
Live online sessions: October 25, November 1, 8, and 15, 2011, 8:00 - 9:00 PM EST

Also available as a self-paced course.

Link: http://www.nytimesknownow.com/index.php/inside-college-admissions/

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