If one or both of your parents attended a particular college, then you are a “legacy” there. But does it help your chances for admission? Gone are the days when it’s almost a guarantee, but in the case of two equally qualified students it almost certainly tips the scale. Those who support this practice argue that it supports tradition and alumni networks, and results in financial donations that benefit all students. But some studies show that an applicant’s chances for admission went up considerably (up to 45% points) if they had legacy status. Is that going too far? Does it also tend to favor the wealthy? There will always be two sides to this debate. Meanwhile, don’t assume that being a legacy will get you admitted.


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