Want to Go to an Elite College? Select Your Parents Wisely
Come to think of it, that project might make a good application essay.
A new study conducted by a Harvard researcher shows that, all other things being equal, a legacy applicant is 23.4% more likely to be admitted to an elite college. If you are a primary legacy -- that is, one of your parents attended the college -- your probability of admission jumps by 45.1%.
Richard H. Shaw, dean of undergraduate admission and financial aid at Stanford University, told the Chronicle of Higher Education that "We consider access and opportunity a very important principle. We also value intergenerational connections to the Stanford experience."
Finally, I have to ask: If colleges are going to operate as 19th-century social clubs -- where bloodlines rather than ability determine admissions, at least in some marginal way -- why are they still tax-exempt?
Zac Bissonnette'sDebt-Free U: How I Paid For An Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, Or Mooching Off My Parentswas called the "best and most troubling book ever about the college admissions process" by The Washington Post.