Named one of Grown & Flown's “Best Book on College Admissions and Paying for College”
“The most honest, most helpful book I’ve ever read on applying to college”
—New York Times bestselling author Adam Grant
A former Ivy League Admissions Officer offers an inspiring battle cry for sanity in the college application process that looks beyond the rankings to successfully determine what’s truly the best school for you or your child.
After spending years as a college admissions director at Dartmouth, Becky Munsterer Sabky had seen it all. The perfect grades, the perfect scores, and the perfect extracurriculars. Valedictorians were knocking at the gate, but Becky realized that in their quest for admission many of these students were missing something. Their transcripts were golden, their interviews polished, but they weren’t applying for college, they were competing for it—and in the end they didn’t know what prize they were really striving for.
In Valedictorians at the Gate, Sabky looks beyond the smoke and mirrors of the intimidating admissions gauntlet and places the power firmly where it should be: in the hands of the students themselves. Offering prescriptive, actionable advice for students and their (hopefully not helicoptering) parents, Sabky illuminates the pathway to finding the school that is the ideal match.
Witty and warm, informative and inspiring, Valedictorians at the Gate is the needed tonic for overstressed, overworked, and overwhelmed students on their way to the perfect college for them.
Self centered admission officer description of her work
Don’t bother reading this book if you are parent or student seeking advice on college admissions. Author spends most of the time about her own feelings, how she’s disinterested in students and their wants and dreams. She’s one trick pony, just one Darthmoud admission officer out of many that happens to have a book about her mundane day to day work.