Income Brackets at Elite Colleges

Legacy admissions is, in our view, a VHS in a streaming world. The practice of offering preferential treatment to the children and grandchildren of alumni is more fitting an aristocracy — not an American meritocracy. And so when we came across an editorial on the pages of MIT’s newspaper, The … 

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Mike Bloomberg Proposes Ending Legacy Admission

As our loyal readers know all too well, we at Ivy Coach have been calling for an end to the practice of offering preferential treatment to the progeny of a university’s alumni base — to the practice of legacy admissions — for many years. Recently, we applauded Johns Hopkins University … 

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The Practice of Legacy Admissions

We at Ivy Coach have long called for the abolishment of the practice of offering preferential treatment in admissions to the progeny of alumni. And while we are deeply heartened by Johns Hopkins University’s recent proclamation that the school has eliminated legacy admission, we believe in the creed of President … 

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A Mea Culpa on Legacy Admission

Earlier this week, we saluted Johns Hopkins University for announcing the elimination of legacy admission. In that same piece we wrote on Johns Hopkins officially announcing the elimination of legacy admission, we were sure to bring to our readers’ attention that Johns Hopkins had the luxury of being able to … 

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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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