Fat Envelope Frenzy

One Year, Five Promising Students, and the Pursuit of the Ivy League Prize

By Joie Jager-Hyman
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061257162, 256pp.)

Publication Date: March 2008

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A former Ivy League admissions officer, Joie Jager-Hyman follows five bright and eager high schoolers—students from diverse ethnic, social, and financial backgrounds—as they each put their best foot forward on the road they hope will lead them to the hallowed halls of Harvard University.

At once a remarkable true story of dedication, achievement, and heartbreak and a guide for success in an ultra-competitive environment, this important work deserves a place in the home of every family that has ever dreamed of receiving that coveted “fat envelope” in the mail. Jager-Hyman also offers a startlingly frank appraisal of the college admission process and the important roles race and class continue to play in a student's efforts to attend the best school possible.

About the Author

Joie Jager-Hyman worked at Dartmouth College as Assistant Director of Admissions. She is pursuing a doctorate in administration, planning, and social policy in higher education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She lives in New York City.

Praise For Fat Envelope Frenzy

“[A]n engaging and informative book that every parent with a high-school student will want to read.”
-Wall Street Journal

“Jager-Hyman’s engaging stories of real students provide a much-needed reminder that the road taken may mean more than the destination, and---whatever the college-admission outcomes--there are many such roads to happiness and success.”
-Sally Rubenstone, senior counselor, CollegeConfidential.com

“Fat Envelope Frenzy will rivet all readers and make everyone who applies to an Ivy League college - whether they are accepted or not - feel infinitely better and infinitely wiser. Unmissable.”
-Naomi Wolf, bestselling author of The End of America

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