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 an admissions director at Dartmouth, Becky 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.
"The most honest, most helpful book I've ever read on applying to college."
—Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and Originals
"Becky Munsterer Sabky is an expert on college admissions - an insider generous enough to share her experiences behind the closed doors of ivy league college admissions. Valedictorians at the Gate is the perfect combination of story, information, and advice, offering a much-needed dose of sanity around the process of college admissions."
—Jessica Lahey, New York Times bestselling author of The Gift of Failure
"Valedictorians at the Gate isn’t just an unmissable guide for every budding college applicant (and anxious parent); this is essential reading for all of us. Ms. Sabky draws upon her rich experience as an Ivy League admissions director to illuminate the strange and shadowed world of admits, denys, and defers. With humor, empathy, and keen insight, she shows us what matters, and what doesn’t, at the threshold of higher education."
—Adam Benforado, professor and New York Times bestselling author of Unfair