"Harvard’s Class of 2022 is made up of over 36% legacy students, according to The Harvard Crimson. The year before, the share of the freshman class was just over 29%.
As of 2015, legacies were five times more likely to get into the world-famous university than applicants without relatives who went to Harvard.
Stanford University gives legacies a significant advantage as well. 'It used to be that every application would be read twice. Now, only one reading is guaranteed, although — thanks, Mom and Dad — every legacy application still gets two sets of eyes,' a 2013 Stanford Magazine article about the school’s admissions process reported.
Across the top 30 schools in the U.S., one review from 2011 discussed in the Washington Post found that children of alumni 'had a 45 percent greater chance of admission' than other applicants." ...