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. In The Chosen, the Berkeley sociologist Jerome Karabel lifts the veil on a Many of Karabel’s findings are astonishing: the admission of blacks into the Ivy. THE CHOSEN. The Hidden History of Admission and. Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. By Jerome Karabel. Illustrated. pp.

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Inclusion and the Persistence of Privilege Jul 22, Will rated it it was amazing. Yes, I’m a Harvard grad, and one who believes that legacies and athletes receive much more advantage in admissions than they should — sorry, My Two Children — and I loved seeing the dhosen secrets topple out of the secret files.

Maybe I am being mean to give it two stars but the structure not only made the book way longer than it needed to be, but was also confusing. Feb 11, SallyStenger added it.

Jerome Karabel

I renewed it twice and that’s the limit. Jerome Karabel born is an American sociologist, political and social commentator, and Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley.

Karabel’s tome on admissions in the Big Three is impressive. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect tue alert. This is the best work of empirical sociology I have read in a long time. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt- Education – pages. Some of the little moments dinged around in my head for a long time: Jan 04, Dana marked it as to-read.


The Chosen looks at the ‘Big Three’ Harvard, Yale, and Princeton and the admissions process for the respective institutions. Karabel holds a BA and Ph. On top of this, Karabel also frequently gets off-topic explaining contextual US history of the time in excruciating detail, and using way more examples than are necessary or prudent do we really need several pages of primary sources quoted in detail to establish that America in the ‘s hated Jews, when half that amount gets the point across?

Sep 06, Nathaniel rated it it was ok.

THE CHOSEN by Jerome Karabel | Kirkus Reviews

Harvard and the Battle over Restriction. Oct 01, Jennell McHugh rated it liked it. Why do you always feel kxrabel a poodle on display throughout interviews in musty admissions offices?

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Dec 02, Emily rated it really liked it. Mar 31, Alasdair Ekpenyong rated it it was amazing. It’s easier still if you are Native American or are of other under-represented ethnic minorities even if you don’t meet the academic standard. There is also little discussion about the increase of tuition over time, and how the cost at these three schools compares to non-Ivy or other Ivy schools. Why is the SAT so important? And yet, it is clear that his non-polemical, thoroughly academic approach recognizes when they mean well and yet are overwhelmed by realpolitik.

However, the crux of the book doesn’t come until the end But there’s a bigger structural issue here as well: Be warned, it’s a history book. Not far off as a concept, though. In other words, the initial reason why women got in the door was to prevent men from going to other schools that were co-ed.


Jan 06, Tressie Mcphd rated it really liked it. A customer of mine is the granddaughter of one of the richest women in the world she lives locally.

I have been reading it for over a month and am now at about page Also covered is the racism towards all minorities, prejudice towards women, the battle over Affirmative Action, and the adoption of need, sex, and race-blind admissions policies. Sometimes the right kind of view of a small part of something can illuminate the rest. If you do not fall into at least one of those three categories, you will have a much more difficult time getting into college.

The Battle over Merit. Newsworthy, but too dense for the general reader. The most interesting aspect of the book is how each of the universities have adapted and changed due to the social expectations of the general US populous. Will head win over heart?

The universities do not have to publicise figures karabell drop-outs and the areas of society they came from. She says her problem is that she wouldn’t ever be able to do the exams but is ok at assignments and essays.

This book should be required reading for anyone in the college admission field, whether a college admission officer or a college counselor on the high school side.

The Chosen is a refreshingly candid account of the admissions madness at elite colleges, karanel merit often functioned simply as a handmaiden to power.