After spending a year inside admissions offices, journalist and author Jeff Selingo reminds parents and students that admission into college is not just about grades and hard work, and it never was. We talk to Selingo about his latest book, “Who Gets In and Why,” to explore how colleges can improve admissions and increase opportunities for disadvantaged students and how students can maximize their college experience — wherever they go to school.


About Jeff Selingo

Jeff Selingo, former editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education, has written about higher education for more than two decades and is a New York Times bestselling author of three books.

His latest book, “Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions,” was named among the 100 Notable Books of the year by the New York Times.

A regular contributor to The Atlantic, Jeff is a special advisor for innovation and professor of practice at Arizona State University. He also co-hosts the podcast, FutureU.

He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.

More about Jeff’s work:

“Who Gets In And Why.” Jeff Selingo’s Behind-The-Scenes Look At College Admissions

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A Year Inside College Admissions: ‘Lessons Earned’ Podcast Opens Season 3 With Author Jeff Selingo

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Season 3, Episode 1 Transcript: Download