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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One can but hope. I was also disappointed at the complete lack of discussion of the changing karabwl in graduate schools, because what is happening at the undergraduate level is substantially different than at the graduate level.

The Princeton Director of Admissions in pulled an African-American kid out of the registration line to tell him One of the best sources of cocktail-party conversation you may ever encounter assuming that your fellow partygoers are interested in college, social class, history, sociology, racism or anti-Semitism or sexism, or the American ideal of meritocracythis long, long book is entirely worth the effort.

Sandra rated it really liked it Jul 27, Karabel’s tome on admissions in the Big Three is impressive. Wilbur Bender and His Legacy. Although there is brief discussion about the increase in the number of students seeking financial aid, there is absolutely no discussion about how that is increasingly less linked to the affluence of the parents ie, rich families that make their kids pay for their own education. And yet, it is clear that his non-polemical, thoroughly academic approach recognizes when they mean well and yet are overwhelmed by realpolitik.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Maybe it will work, or maybe given the rigorous academic standards of the Ivy League schools, they will just fail to keep up.

Jan 31, MacK rated it liked it Shelves: This is an outstanding book that shows how – even with good intentions – the structures of inequality are pepetuated through university admission processes. Be warned, it’s a history book.

Yale From Insularity to Inclusion.

Also, it gave someone an inferiority complex about his level of intellectual curiosity, so I’m living. Knock ths over with a feather. Selected pages Title Page. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

It probably could have been done in half the length though.

THE CHOSEN by Jerome Karabel | Kirkus Reviews

Questions about access to education, the value of education and the quest to retain the power of those who had already received their education come through in page after page of well woven history. Race being the great American obsession and often confused with religion being Jewish can be a minus point as they are over-represented according to some recruiters, this also is beginning to apply to Asians especially those whose family hailed from the Indian subcontinent.

A fascinating and appalling examination of how the anti-semitism of the administrations of each college shaped many of the admissions policies we take for granted today too many smart Jewish boys were applying in the early decades of the century; to keep their numbers down, the colleges started adding interviews, SAT scores, extracurricular ac My spouse finally finished reading aloud this epic examination of the admissions policies and practices of the top three Ivies during the past century.


Karabel investigates how and why Harvard, Yale and Princeton “have always been heavily overrepresented in the American elite.

The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton

I’ve learned so much about the college process from this book. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Whom have they let in and why?

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.

It is a staggering hidden history. This book was HUGE and took me forever to read.

Elizabeth rated it really liked it Oct cbosen, As I say, I can gloss this because I like the persistence in giving all Three their fair share of attention, but it did get irritating at times. No eBook available Amazon. Jerome Karabel is a xhosen of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow of the Longview Institute. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Money the Market Ethos and the Struggle for Position.

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