Echoes of a Call to End Legacy Admission

From atop our soapbox in college admissions, we at Ivy Coach have been calling for an end to the practice of colleges offering preferential treatment to the progeny of alumni — a practice known as legacy admission — for many years. We’ve denounced the practice for many reasons over the … 

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A Salute to a Senator Opposing Legacy Admission

Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, recently announced that he intends to draft legislation that will propose to remove the tax breaks that certain college donors receive for gifting to their alma maters. Specifically, Senator Wyden’s legislation would be aimed at curbing tax deductions for parents whose gifts are … 

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Attacking Legacy Admission

Over the years, many folks have attacked the practice of legacy admission because it seems unfair. Their argument essentially boils down to the notion that the children and grandchildren of a school’s alumni base should not have a leg up in admissions over other deserving candidates whose parents and grandparents … 

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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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The Sting of Ending Legacy Admission

We have long called for an end to the practice of legacy admission. For those not familiar with the term legacy admission, it’s the practice of offering preferential treatment to the children and grandchildren of alumni of universities. At Harvard, as an example, court documents in the Students For Fair … 

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The Practice of Legacy Admission Has Got To Go

From atop our soapbox in college admissions, we’ve been calling for an end to the practice of legacy admission for many years. We’ve shouted, “Hey hey, ho ho legacy admission has got to go.” We’ve written editorials that have raised the question of whether or not legacy admission is a … 

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A Coalition Calling For Transparency in Legacy Admissions

Legacy admission, the practice of offering preferential treatment in admissions to the sons, daughters, and grandchildren of a school’s alumni base, is a practice that we believe is one of the last vestiges of openly discriminatory admissions policies of the twentieth century. Now don’t get us wrong — there are … 

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Legacy Admission Has Got To Go

The practice of offering preferential treatment in admissions to the children and grandchildren of a school’s alumni base is a practice that is an anachronism in this young century. And it’s not one of those cute anachronisms like a typewriter on a mahogany executive desk (with an iPhone conspicuously charging … 

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The Role of Legacy Admission at UPenn

A quarter of students admitted through Early Decision to the University of Pennsylvania’s Class of 2022 are the children and grandchildren of UPenn alumni. That’s right — 25%. It’s an astounding statistic, especially considering legacy students made up only 16% of this year’s Early pool. Legacy students were almost twice … 

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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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