In just a few short weeks, “Admission” will hit theatres. It’s a Focus Features movie that stars Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, directed by Paul Weitz. And the main character is a college admissions officer at Princeton University. That’s right — a college admission movie. The movie is based on a book written by Jean Hanff Korelitz, a Dartmouth College alumna. According to “The Dartmouth,” “Since her first day at Dartmouth in 1979, Jean Hanff Korelitz ’83 knew she wanted to become a writer. Her career began in the oak-paneled nooks of Sanborn Library, her favorite place to write. The bright and old-fashioned space even appears in her fifth novel, ‘Admission,’ and her experience at the College in its early years of coeducation color the pages of her work.
In order to write about a college admissions officer, Korelitz had to observe the highly selective college admissions process firsthand. So what’d she do? She worked as an application reader at Princeton University. And she also interviewed Dartmouth’s Dean of Undergraduate Admissions & Financial Aid, Maria Laskaris. Said Laskaris as quoted in “The Dartmouth,” “We talked about the fundamental parts of the process and how we focus on students as individuals.”
It’s not often that a movie comes out starring a college admissions officer at an Ivy League school. We’re excited to see it and hopefully you’ll have a chance to check it out. We’re curious to see how it does at the box office as the movie brings the college admissions process to moviegoers throughout the world.