- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press (December 30, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674016203
- ISBN-13: 978-0674016200
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 at the 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.
Top Customer Reviews
This book fits a very unique niche within the college admission literature. I can't think of any other book as a substitute. However, I also recommend `A is for Admission' by Michele Hernandez. In their own research, the authors mention this is one of the better and most honest books on college admission they came across. I agree, as I have also studied that book in detail. Nevertheless, `The Early Admission Game' given its much more narrow focus than your standard college admission guide drills down a lot deeper on acceptance rate probabilities, and other implications of the early admission programs at top schools.
Their research is unequivocal; applying Early Action (EA) is the equivalent of a 100-point boost in SAT score. While applying Early Decision (ED) is the equivalent of a 150 + point boost in SAT score. Most of the selective schools that use these programs refute this evidence. They argue that the pool of students who apply early is much stronger, and that is why the acceptance rates are higher. But, the authors' research strongly rebuts this. To the contrary, they found there is very little difference between the early applicants and the regular ones. They actually found that EA applicants were slightly stronger.Read more ›
The only criticism of early admission I have some disagreement with is one emphasized frequently in the book -- that first semester high school seniors who apply early do not have time to sufficiently research potential colleges and know which will be the best fits for them. Information about colleges should be gathered during the student's junior year and, by September or October of his senior year, he/she should have a a good enough idea of what is reasonable to attain and what he/she wants in a college to be able to choose one above all others -- if early decision is something that student wants. The difference in application deadlines is only two months, not enough to make a significant difference for the serious-minded student. If that student wants Princeton more than any other college and, if Princeton fills 60% of its class from early applicants, it would be foolish for that student to wait until January to apply. That may not be the ideal situation but it is the reality.
Whatever one's opinions on Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED), they are realities that present high school students, their parents, and their counselors with a dilemma: To EA/ED or not to EA/ED?
When looking for answers to this dilemma, students, parents, and counselors have had to rely on unclear messages, equivocal statements, anecdotes, and urban myths.
"The Early Admissions Game: Joining the Elite" shines a bright and needed light into the darkest recesses of a murky maze. The book combines irrefutable statistics and the words of high school students, college students, and admissions professionals to present a clear and readable picture of a complex, often hermetic issue.
I don't use the phrase "irrefutable statistics" loosely here. Statistics are too often used to "prove" a theory that looks a lot like the preconceived notion that the researcher brought to the research. However, in this case, the authors possess the objectivity to report their findings with clarity and without baggage. Also, their backgrounds in economics, public policy, and college admissions give them the qualifications and abilities to present a comprehensive and in-depth review of the subject.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read several books on college admissions, and this is the best by far. I recommend it to everyone who has children in high school. Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by Ward J. Mazzucco
The authors document the massive advantage provided by the early admissions process. At some highly selective colleges, a student's odds of admission jumps from 10% to 40% by... Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by alanhouston
The book tells you everything you need to know about the college admissions process, but do not expect a simple and clear answer to your question, rather a framework. Read morePublished on September 25, 2012 by ML
While nothing in this book is technically wrong, all of the statistics are useless. Since the numbers of college admissions change so quickly, knowing your chances of getting into... Read morePublished on June 15, 2010 by Will
I own many college books, thankfully can finally pass them to someone else now that this is behind us! This and A is for Admission are the two top picks for me. Read morePublished on April 25, 2008 by Marcy Y
As college admissions continue to become more pressurized and competitive, this aptly titled "Early admissions game... Read morePublished on September 21, 2007 by ERLMD
here's the gist of the book. apply early, you have a better chance of getting into the school you want or a better school than you may deserve. Read morePublished on January 12, 2007 by Amazon Customer
Ok... I'm a junior studying at an American School in Mexico who considers to apply either to Princeton or to UPenn, ED, next year. Read morePublished on October 16, 2005 by E. Hinojosa