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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The Admission of Younger Siblings

Are younger siblings at an advantage when they apply to a highly selective college that their older sibling attends or attended in the past? Yes, with one important caveat. They must apply in the Early Decision or Early Action round — not in the Regular Decision round. At most highly … 

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The Elimination of Legacy Admissions

David Brooks recently wrote an opinion piece for “The New York Times” entitled “How We Are Ruining America” that speaks to how upper-middle-class and affluent families so often have a leg up in the college admissions process. As Brooks writes, “Educated parents live in neighborhoods with the best teachers, they top … 

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Legacy Status and College Admission

There is an article posted on the “US News & World Report” website today about legacy status and college admission. The article discusses how legacy status does indeed give students an advantage in the highly selective college admissions process, but it is not the deciding factor in admissions decisions. We … 

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