The Early Admissions Game
is intended as an exposé, for high-school students and their parents, of the realities of college admissions, but it is also a protest against the practice of early admissions. The authors believe that these programs benefit privileged students...[and] cheat disadvantaged students. (Louis Menand New Yorker
The authors present a devastating portrait of elite college admissions--and early admissions in particular--as an elaborate and complicated 'game'...[where the winners] tend to be privileged students who have access to highly skilled counselors with information pipelines to elite college admissions offices. (Peter Sacks The Nation
About the Author
Christopher Avery is Professor of Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Andrew Fairbanks is former Associate Dean of Admissions at Wesleyan University.
Richard Zeckhauser is Frank P. Ramsey Professor of Political Economy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.