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The Power of Privilege: Yale and America's Elite Colleges

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  4 reviews
It is widely assumed that admission to elite U.S. universities is based solely on academic merit—the best and brightest are admitted to Harvard, Yale, and their peer institutions as determined by test scores and GPA, and not by lineage or family income. But does reality support those expectations? Or are admissions governed by a logic that rewards socioeconomic status whil ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 28th 2007 by Stanford University Press (first published 2007)
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Hong Deng
This book is written by an exceptional critic, Joseph Soares, who expertly examines the correlation between one's social status and the chance of getting into the tope colleges in the United States. The book provides many insighful ideas that introduce readers into the mist of admissions to prestigious colleges. It focuses on the admission history of Yale, one of the most selevtive and well-known colleges in the country. In addition to different voices from many prominent scholars and critics, J ...more
Kathy Godwin
Interesting book with a lot of information about Yale admissions. Good for higher ed students to consider, but the book is difficult to read at times.
While the information on California and the use of SAT is helpful, the flow of the book seems almost interrupted by the insertion.
I'd recommend it to other higher ed students, but please realize that the reader may be trying to determine which timeline, president, or policy is in effect at any moment in the book.
Soares takes a subject with great potential, but delivers a dry, monotonous book. The history of admissions at Yale could be fascinating, but his tone and ubiquitous charts and numbers combine to create an uninspired text. It is by no means a bad book, but disappointing nonetheless.
Great book about discrimination against Jews in the past century of higher education (Yale especially)
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