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How much does being a Northwestern legacy affect acceptance rate?

My mom attended Northwestern, and it's one of my top choices. Does anyone know how much of an advantage being a legacy might give me in the admissions process? Also, are there any specific expectations for legacy applicants? Thanks!

7 months ago

Being a legacy applicant to Northwestern can have a positive impact on your admissions chances, although it's not a guarantee of acceptance. Legacy status tends to matter more to schools during Early Decision/Action rounds because of the binding commitment. Northwestern, in particular, offers Early Decision, and if you apply during this round, your legacy status may provide a more significant advantage than during the Regular Decision round.

The admissions process at top universities like Northwestern is still highly competitive, and legacy status is just one factor among many that admissions officers consider. It's essential to make sure your overall application is strong (grades, test scores, extracurricular activities, etc.) to maximize your chances of being admitted. While being a legacy applicant can be advantageous, it doesn't exempt you from meeting the high academic and extracurricular expectations for all applicants.

It's also worth noting that there aren't any specific expectations or requirements for legacy applicants. You still need to complete the same application process and meet the same criteria as non-legacy students. Northwestern will evaluate your application based on your individual merits for the most part; however, your legacy status can demonstrate your connection and commitment to the school, which might be considered during the admissions process.

7 months ago

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