Preferential Treatment of Legacy Applicants

If you’re a regular reader of our college admissions blog, you know where we at Ivy Coach stand on the issue of legacy admission: we have called for an end to the practice of offering preferential treatment to the children and grandchildren of a school’s alumni base. For years from … 

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The Legacy Advantage in Admissions

Do legacy applicants have an advantage in the admissions process at the University of Pennsylvania? You bet they do. Among Early Decision admits to the Class of 2022, 25% were the sons, daughters, and grandchildren of Penn alumni. That’s a quarter of all ED admits…that’s a whole lot! And why … 

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Why Colleges Value Legacy Applicants

Legacy admission — the practice of offering preferential treatment to the progeny of a school’s alumni base — is unfair, it’s unjust, and it’s been our aim at Ivy Coach to make it an anachronism. We’d also add it’s a violation of law, specifically of 26 U.S. Code § 170. Simply … 

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Legacy Admission Violates Tax Law

Many argue that legacy admission, the practice by which colleges give preferential treatment to the progeny of alumni (and especially to the progeny of alumni donors), is unfair. Many argue that the practice favors the wealthy, the privileged — all to the detriment of middle and low-income young people who … 

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