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I would appreciate some advice related to legacy admissions.
My S1 attends Brown now and absolutely loves it. My S2, now a HS junior, recently visited and it is now his top choice too. He would be happy to apply there ED and would not have second thoughts about it. He is very much a "Brown kid," (quirky, musical, intellectually curious) and has stats (3.85 GPA, 34 ACT, several SAT IIs above 700) that are competitive but not out-of-this-world. It is my understanding that Brown considers siblings as legacies, which would be wonderful for us, of course.
I have read many CC postings to the effect that legacy helps much more in ED than in RD at most colleges. However, I have read conflicting posts about that topic as it specifically relates to Brown. While several have stated that ED is a big advantage at Brown for legacies, one poster claimed to have "inside info" that legacies are admitted at about 33% in RD and 35% in ED. If that's true, which seems kind of hard to believe, then it's not clear that even kids for whom Brown is clearly their #1 choice would be smart applying ED. Unless every (non-binding) EA program was a much lower choice, the student should probably apply EA to a school he or she would be perfectly happy to attend (even if slightly less happy than Brown) and then apply RD to Brown. In exchange for lowering your admit rate to Brown by 2% you would be able to apply EA or SCEA (admit rates of 15 - 30% depending on the school) at another top school, and still attend Brown if you got into it in RD. Thoughts? Was that poster just conveying bad info?