Thursday, January 6, 2011

At Elite Colleges, Legacy Status Counts More Than Was Previously Thought, Study Finds

The Chronicle of Higher Education
January 5, 2011
By Elyse Ashburn

Family connections help you get into college. And a new paper suggests that at highly selective colleges, they may count even more than was previously thought.
A researcher at Harvard University recently examined the impact of legacy status at 30 highly selective colleges and concluded that, all other things being equal, legacy applicants got a 23.3-percentage-point increase in their probability of admission. If the applicants' connection was a parent who attended the college as an undergraduate, a "primary legacy," the increase was 45.1-percentage points.

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