right arrow
Examples: Monday, today, last week, Mar 26, 3/26/04
We have changed the way we log in on College Confidential. Read more here.

Replies to: No Legacy Preference @MIT,Hopkins and CalTech

  • northwestynorthwesty 3574 replies9 threads Senior Member
    edited January 14
    Not a chance.

    This isn't about a general trend of getting rid of the legacy preference, which is almost everywhere in the top tier schools. This is just Hopkins getting more in line with its closest peer schools.

    The brand of Caltech and MIT is "we are the biggest, baddest, geekiest, pulsating brains on the planet and proud of it." If that's who you are, then it is totally off-brand to admit kids because of "hooks."

    Which is why Caltech and MIT don't do legacy. And why they don't do binding early decision (and the related admissions tip) or restricted/single choice early action. And why they don't give tips to recruited athletes.

    Hopkins isn't quite as niche-ey and tech focused as Caltech and MIT, and it also has a bigger undergrad enrollment. So while it may be ditching legacy, its admissions policies continue to largely resemble its other elite peer schools too.

    Hopkins still fills almost half its seats via ED. Just like so many of its peers do. And its athletic tips (outside of D1 lacrosse) are somewhat muted as a D3 school. But they still tip athletes.

    Given the continued huge influence of binding ED (which is where the legacies would most be likely located within the admit pool anyway), it is probably pretty easy for Hopkins to give up its explicit legacy policy. Their admission results probably won't change much and they get some brand good will too.
    edited January 14
    · Reply · Share
  • 1NJParent1NJParent 1479 replies35 threads Senior Member
    edited January 14
    Congratulations to Hopkins! It's a good first step and the right thing to do.
    edited January 14
    · Reply · Share
  • CupCakeMuffinsCupCakeMuffins 837 replies80 threads Member
    edited January 14
    @northwesty Whatever is the reason, it’s a tough step in right direction towards merit and diversity. If it was so easy, ivies would’ve done it too.
    edited January 14
    · Reply · Share
Sign In or Register to comment.

Recent Activity