The Moment is Now to End Legacy Admission

For many years, from atop our soapbox in elite college admissions, we at Ivy Coach have argued against the practice of legacy admission. We believe the practice of offering preferential treatment in admissions to the progeny of a school’s alumni base is an anachronistic practice more befitting an aristocracy than … 

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Congressional Bill Seeks to End Legacy Admissions

Could the end of legacy admission be near? As loyal readers of our college admissions blog know all too well, we have long called for America’s elite universities to do away with legacy admission, an anachronistic admissions practice more befitting an aristocracy than our supposed American meritocracy. In fact, we’ve long … 

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Legacies Are Rarely Denied Early Admission

If your child applied Early Decision or Early Action just a few days ago to your highly selective alma mater, don’t worry too much about your child being denied admission in mid-December. That’s right. There is a strong chance — in spite of the school’s very low admission rate — … 

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Abolishing Legacy Preference

As our loyal readers know all too well, we at Ivy Coach are ardent supporters of ending the practice of legacy admission. Legacy admission, the practice of offering preferential treatment in admissions to the children and grandchildren of a university’s alumni base, is an anachronism in our post-Trump administration America. … 

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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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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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