This is an explanation of how one ivy league college -- Yal, goes about choosing a freshman class nowadays and the material (which first appeared as a New ther article) is presumably relevant to the other ""prestige"" eastern colleges also. Through interviews with Yale's Dean of Admissions and his staff members and through access to the students' records and applications the author is able to make understandable the various procedures and processes which Yale uses to determine whether one boy will make a more fit student for the college than another. Arthur Howe says that Yale is looking for ""brains and character -- high intelligence combined with imagination, vitality, a concern for others and a capacity for growth"". The decisions of the admissions office then depend on the student's scholastic credentials, personality, geographical and educational background and (in a good number of cases) on whether the applicant's father happens to be a Yale alumnus. For those parents, teachers and students who are not already saturated with this kind of material Miss Kinkead's clearly written and straightforward book will prove of great help.