logo

Privacy
This forum uses cookies to ensure smooth navigation from page to page of a thread. If you choose to register and provide your email, that email is solely used to get your password to you and updates on any topics you choose to watch. Nothing else. Ask with any questions!
Channel List
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies
Safety
We take forum safety very seriously here at BellaOnline. Please be sure to read through our Forum Guidelines. Let us know if you have any questions or comments!
Newest Members
LoreenBarton, amyispretty, Akeem Koss, healthiswealth, LamRoy
58383 Registered Users
Forum Statistics
Forums417
Topics119,526
Posts848,332
Members58,383
Most Online449
Mar 28th, 2018
Top Posters(30 Days)
Angie 59
Advertising
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
College Legacy - Fair or Unfair? #632003
09/24/10 01:00 PM
09/24/10 01:00 PM
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 556
North Carolina, USA
Susan-Colleges Offline OP
BellaOnline Editor
Susan-Colleges  Offline OP
BellaOnline Editor
Gecko
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 556
North Carolina, USA
Many colleges give an admission boost to children of previous graduates, called legacy preference. Some have called this practice unfair. What do you think?

What do you think the reasons are behind this practice?


SUSAN D. BATES
COLLEGES

Connect with Colleges on Facebook at Colleges at BellaOnline.com

Follow Colleges on Twitter at colleges_info



Re: College Legacy - Fair or Unfair? [Re: Susan-Colleges] #632074
09/24/10 03:35 PM
09/24/10 03:35 PM
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 970
Indiana
C
Claybird Offline
Parakeet
Claybird  Offline
Parakeet
C
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 970
Indiana
I don't think it is fair. I'm sure the reason is to snag more alumni contributions but that doesn't make it right.
My DD graduated from a top-of-the-line university that has a legacy preference for direct descendants of graduates, in fact currently there are a higher percentage of legacees than ordinary applicants. It pretty well closes the door to applicants who do not have those parental alumni connections. My DGD (DD's niece)with a top SAT score, lots of leadership experience and class Valedictorian, couldn't get into that college and had to "settle" for UNC Chapel Hill. It's hard to compete when the playing field isn't level.

Re: College Legacy - Fair or Unfair? [Re: Claybird] #632282
09/25/10 04:22 AM
09/25/10 04:22 AM
Joined: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,169
Portland, OR, USA
Julie - Computer Careers Offline
Parakeet
Julie - Computer Careers  Offline
Parakeet
Joined: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,169
Portland, OR, USA
I don't think that legacy preferences are necessarily unfair. A legacy student is more likely to actually accept the admissions offer and show up, less likely to transfer out and likely to have family financial support for their education. In other words, they are a good bet for the school. Schools can end up with major problems if they admit too few (or too many) students to their Freshman class or if too many students accept but then don't actually show up in the Fall. Early admission can also give you the same kind of preferential advantage at some schools.

Also, if you really want to attend a school (particularly if you were waitlisted, but anytime you meet the stated minimum requirements), my dad - a college professor - recommended calling the admissions office the first day of orientation. It would be very likely that fewer students than the school could handle would have shown up and so there would be openings. Of course, financial aid might be difficult at that point.

Julie

Re: College Legacy - Fair or Unfair? [Re: Susan-Colleges] #682880
05/02/11 01:22 AM
05/02/11 01:22 AM
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 556
North Carolina, USA
Susan-Colleges Offline OP
BellaOnline Editor
Susan-Colleges  Offline OP
BellaOnline Editor
Gecko
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 556
North Carolina, USA
More debates about college legacy points:

Debating Legacy Admissions at Yale, and Elsewhere


SUSAN D. BATES
COLLEGES

Connect with Colleges on Facebook at Colleges at BellaOnline.com

Follow Colleges on Twitter at colleges_info



Re: College Legacy - Fair or Unfair? [Re: Susan-Colleges] #682888
05/02/11 02:38 AM
05/02/11 02:38 AM
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 91
AnneE Offline
Amoeba
AnneE  Offline
Amoeba
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 91
Frankly, I don't believe in favoring the kids of alumni, perhaps the siblings, just because it really hurts to get a No from the school who accepted your older sister 2 years earlier.

My son was rejected from my alma mater, despite the statistics saying he was twice as likely to get in as someone without an alumni parent.

I wondered though.... do schools differentiate between large contributing alumni and alumni who contribute little or none? Sounds like they do based on the Yale guy's quote about having rejected more children of some category of alumni donors. So he knew the statistics not just based on alumni, but on big buck alumni versus not. As though Yale really needs any more money in their alumni fund. Seriously?

But just in general -- do you even want, as a student, to think that you got your spot at a very competitive college because of your mom or dad? I don't think so.

Re: College Legacy - Fair or Unfair? [Re: AnneE] #683568
05/03/11 10:35 PM
05/03/11 10:35 PM
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 556
North Carolina, USA
Susan-Colleges Offline OP
BellaOnline Editor
Susan-Colleges  Offline OP
BellaOnline Editor
Gecko
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 556
North Carolina, USA
You are not alone. College admission legacy preference is a hotly debated issue. Not all colleges use it as part of their admissions decision. The ones that do each give it different weight.

Could you be more specific about what made you think that Yale differentiated between alumni who donate large amounts of money and those who do not? I am not finding anything in the article that would lead me to believe that. Can you point me to the quote?


SUSAN D. BATES
COLLEGES

Connect with Colleges on Facebook at Colleges at BellaOnline.com

Follow Colleges on Twitter at colleges_info




Brand New Posts
Articles of clothing you cannot go wrong with
by jodirose. 06/22/18 06:43 PM
Summer Solstice - St John's Day
by Angie. 06/22/18 05:51 PM
Luke Cage - New Season
by Maria - Prime Time TV. 06/22/18 05:16 PM
Hair Color- How do you choose?
by Nancy Roussy. 06/22/18 04:29 PM
Where are you and how is the weather?
by Angie. 06/22/18 02:57 PM
What are you looking forward to today?
by Nancy Roussy. 06/22/18 02:46 PM
What will you do today?
by Nancy Roussy. 06/22/18 02:44 PM
What's your Typical Daily Menu?
by Nancy Roussy. 06/22/18 02:36 PM
Did you dream last night?
by Nancy Roussy. 06/22/18 02:32 PM
Changed - For His Purpose
by Lynne - ChristianLiving. 06/22/18 01:51 PM
Forum Activities
Book Clubs
Trivia Contests
Register to Post!
Want to post? For security reasons you need to Register as a Forum Member. It's quick, easy and free!
Who's Online Now
1 registered members (jodirose), 209 guests, and 4 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Sponsor


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2018 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1.1