Picking Apart Legacy Admission

As loyal readers of our college admissions blog know all too well, we have been calling for an end to the practice of legacy admission for many years. Before schools like Johns Hopkins University and Amherst College gave the heave-ho to legacy admissions, we stood atop our soapbox in college … 

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A Boycott to End Legacy Admissions

From atop our soapbox in elite college admissions, we have long called for an end to the practice of offering preferential treatment in admissions decision-making to the progeny of a school’s alumni-base. The practice, known as legacy admission, is as much an anachronism these days as are CDs and typewriters. … 

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Colorado Bans Legacy Admission

Way to go, Colorado! The Centennial State has made the bold move of banning the practice of legacy admission at institutions that receive state funding. Legacy admission, or the practice of offering preferential treatment to the progeny of a school’s alumni base, has long been responsible for perpetuating a cycle … 

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Poking Holes in Legacy Admission

Hey hey, ho ho, 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. But we are also not naive. Rather, we recognize that legacy admission offers distinct advantages to our nation’s … 

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Legacy Admissions in Colorado

Legacy admission, the practice of offering preferential treatment to the progeny of a university’s alumni base, is under attack in the state of Colorado. This week, a bill that would prohibit the consideration of legacy status at Colorado’s state-supported institutions, was introduced before the Colorado General Assembly. It’s a bill … 

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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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