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What is a college legacy?

Hey everyone! I've been hearing a lot about college legacies lately and wondered how it could affect my college application. Can anyone explain to me what it means to be a 'legacy' and if it can give any advantages while applying to colleges? Thanks in advance!

7 months ago

Hi! A college legacy refers to an applicant who has a close family member, typically a parent or sibling, who previously attended or graduated from the same college that the applicant is applying to. In some cases, being a legacy can give applicants a slight advantage in the admissions process, as colleges may give preference to such applicants to maintain and strengthen their alumni networks or family connection to the institution.

However, keep in mind that this advantage can vary across colleges and doesn't guarantee admission. Ultimately, colleges will still prioritize strong academics, extracurricular involvement, and personal qualities when making admissions decisions. It's essential to focus on creating a well-rounded application and demonstrating your fit for the college, rather than relying on legacy status alone.

I hope this clears up your question! Good luck with your college applications!

7 months ago

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