Virtual Event

Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 7pm PT

by Susan Paterno

in conversation with John Nielsen

A playbook for the Hunger Games of higher education, Game On explains the anxiety, uncertainty, and chaos in college admission, explodes the myth of meritocracy, exposes the academy's connection to America's widening gap between rich and poor, and provides strategies to beat--and reform--a broken system.


How is it possible that Harvard is more affordable for most American families than their local state university? Or that up to half of eligible students receive no financial aid? Or that public universities are rejecting homegrown middle- and working-class applicants and instead enrolling wealthy out-of- state students? College admission has escalated into a high-stakes game of emotional and financial survival. How is the deck stacked against you? And what can you do about it?


Susan F. Paterno, a veteran academic and journalist, answers these questions and more in Game On. Paterno helped her four very different kids navigate the application process to a wide range of colleges, paying for their four-year educations on a finite budget. She incisively decodes the college admission industry--the consultants, the tutors, the rankers, the branding companies hawking "advantage"--and arms you with the knowledge you need to make the system work for you.


You'll learn how to narrow your focus, analyze who gets in and why, and look for the right financial fit before considering anything else, including geography, reputation, and, especially, ranking.

Susan Paterno.Credit Jamie E.P. Ostmann.



Susan F. Paterno is the director of the journalism program at Chapman University in Orange, California. An award-winning journalist with more than twenty years' experience, she has written for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and U.S. News & World Report. As senior writer for American Journalism Review, she won a landmark ruling to protect journalists in the state of California. She has collaborated on a half dozen books, including the Newswriter's Handbook and Talk Straight, Listen Carefully with M. L. Stein.

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in conversation with

John Nielsen covered environmental issues for NPR for more than a decade for the award-winning news magazine, All Things Considered. He is a professor, editor and best-selling author of "Condor/To The Brink and Back/The Story of One Giant Bird" (Harper Collins).