But they may take a few detours here and there depending on the specific college’s legacy policies. Most college admissions officers will state that legacy status is only a tiny factor in making the final admissions decision. Each of my children has met with the Alumni Association's Legacy folks, and it has been very informative. Harvard's current freshman class is made up of over 36 percent legacy students. Because of legacy admissions, elite colleges look almost nothing like America. So-called "legacy applicants," those who have familial ties to an institution, are still given a … Legacy preference or legacy admission is a preference given by an institution or organization to certain applicants on the basis of their familial relationship to alumni of that institution, with college admissions being the field in which legacy preferences are most controversially used. Most importantly, it helps us calculate the likelihood of enrollment. Summary: This study aims to understand public opinion about two college admission policies — race-based affirmative action, which tends to benefit black and Latino students, and giving preference to legacy students, who tend to be white.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Is being a legacy applicant a factor in U-M’s holistic review process? The Naviance database had data on 15,402 legacy applications from the high school classes of 2014-17 in its database, considering only the 64 colleges with 100 or more legacy applicants each during that time period, so that small numbers of legacy applicants would not skew results. At Harvard, evidence from the trial showed, some 80 percent of legacy admissions for the class of 2014 were white, while only 60 percent of legacies in the class of 2019 were white. Up until now, most of the legal and political fights over college-admissions policies have centered around the use of race as a factor in admissions at selective colleges. This is my third time through the college admission process. You'll often hear that in a borderline case, legacy status might tip an admissions decision in the student's favor. Colleges seek to create deep-rooted family connections — to foster a sense of community and, yes, to inspire fundraising efforts. Students so admitted are referred to as legacies or legacy students. Legacy status in college admissions can be a confusing avenue to travel, but there can be some benefits – and drawbacks – to applying to college as a legacy. And many colleges have legacy preferences. And as of 2015, legacy applicants were five times more likely to get into the school than others. The two researchers, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the University of California, Los Angeles, investigate attitudes through two small experiments. Legacy applications undergo the general review process, just like all other applications. The admission rate of legacy applicants is over five times that of non-legacy students, according to one filing. Mandery even cites the legacy admission statistic at his alma mater, Harvard, which is 30% (or approximately five times the regular admission rate). Last year's survey of college admissions directors by Inside Higher Ed found that 42 percent of admissions directors at private colleges and universities said legacy status is a factor in admissions decisions at their institutions.