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Sibling

collegebound5collegebound5 Posts: 820Registered User Member
edited April 2008 in University of Pennsylvania
I know that legacies are considered chilidren and grandparents. However if one has a sibling that currently attends Penn, and they are applying early decision and are a competitive candidate, could there be an advantage to being a sibling of an undergraduate student there
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Replies to: Sibling

  • crashingwavescrashingwaves Posts: 1,120Registered User Senior Member
    well it can't hurt
  • cbreezecbreeze Posts: 3,566Registered User Senior Member
    Penn only stipulates that they may be an advantage to being a legacy in ED. Siblings are not considered legacies. Therein lies your answer.
  • collegebound5collegebound5 Posts: 820Registered User Member
    There seem to be a lot of siblings there. ie. freshman with a sibling who is a junior or senior ect, so I was wondering.
  • collegebound5collegebound5 Posts: 820Registered User Member
    I have a friend who is a sophomore at Duke and applied regular decision. Her sister just applied to Duke early decision and was accepted. I am if there is some type of advantage. Many students one meets at Penn have siblings who are there.
  • cbreezecbreeze Posts: 3,566Registered User Senior Member
    There can be many explanations as to why siblings are in the same school. One is that they may have come from a home environment that stresses education. It is not uncommon that children from the same family do well academically. Another explanation is that they are legacies themselves, meaning their parents or grandparents have graduated from that college and they are now the beneficiaries of being legacies.

    From your personal anecdotes, how many pairs of siblings do you actually know that are admitted to elite schools that you say are "many" ? Five? Ten? Twenty? That's just a small percentage of the actual student body.

    I don't think you should spend more time wondering if you have a hook having a sibling there, instead concentrate on getting A's which will be more helpful to you.
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