right arrow
Examples: Monday, today, last week, Mar 26, 3/26/04
Join us for a LIVE webinar Friday, April 3 at 3pm ET to hear from admission officers on how COVID-19 is impacting admissions at schools. REGISTER NOW and let us know what questions you have and want answered.
As schools continue to announce their decisions, we put together the Class of 2024 RD Discussions Directory. Connect with fellow applicants NOW!

Harvard Chance for Children of Faculty

CommunityMemberCommunityMember 14 replies2 threads Junior Member
What is the acceptance rate for children of faculty going into Harvard?


Thank you
16 replies
· Reply · Share

Replies to: Harvard Chance for Children of Faculty

  • skieuropeskieurope 40797 replies7594 threads Super Moderator
    edited December 2019
    What is the acceptance rate for children of faculty going into Harvard?


    Thank you

    About 5 times the overall acceptance rate, although the data size is very small.
    edited December 2019
    · Reply · Share
  • CommunityMemberCommunityMember 14 replies2 threads Junior Member
    So 25% of legacy get in?
    · Reply · Share
  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 9072 replies89 threads Senior Member
    Legacies are children of Harvard grads, not faculty. That’s a different grouping
    · Reply · Share
  • TiggerDadTiggerDad 2088 replies74 threads Senior Member
    Not all faculty members are in equal standing; there are "star" faculty, "super star" faculty, and then there are dispensable ones. I'm sure the faculty standing has a degree of influence in the decision making in relation to the actual qualifications of their children. Likewise with the administrators.
    · Reply · Share
  • CommunityMemberCommunityMember 14 replies2 threads Junior Member
    What would be the average GPA for children of faculty to get in. Also, my relation is a professor at Harvard and is the highest faculty on their floor/level. They have a PhD if that is helpful.
    · Reply · Share
  • Data10Data10 3299 replies11 threads Senior Member
    edited January 1
    What is the acceptance rate for children of faculty going into Harvard?
    In the lawsuit sample, children of faculty had a ~81% admit rate (60/~74). The admit rate was 100% among the 13 (small sample) Asian children of faculty. Children of staff had a ~36% admit rate. The frequently quoted 46.7% figure includes both children of faculty and staff.

    The analysis found that while being a child of faculty/staff was a powerful hook, the high admit rate also relates to faculty/staff kids tending to be especially strong and well qualified applicants. Harvard's expert analysis found that 72% of faculty/staff kid admits would still have been admitted, if Harvard switched to an admission system with no hooks besides low SES. All other strong hook groups saw much larger decreases in admit rate without their hook. For example, the same model estimated than only 7% of recruited athlete admits would still have been admitted if Harvard switched to an admission system without hooks besides low SES.
    edited January 1
    · Reply · Share
  • blossomblossom 10209 replies9 threads Senior Member
    If you live in one of the 25 places where most faculty live, your HS guidance counselor likely has experience with Harvard admissions and can tell you "worth it" or "no way". Brookline High, Newton North, all the Cambridge schools (public and private), Needham, Wellesley, Belmont-- there have been faculty children before, and it won't be too mysterious as to which kids get in and which don't. 500 SAT's? Don't bother. But a realistic Harvard admit? Child of faculty or staff has a good shot.
    · Reply · Share
  • skieuropeskieurope 40797 replies7594 threads Super Moderator
    What would be the average GPA for children of faculty to get in.

    Harvard does not release that info.
    · Reply · Share
  • Muko1212Muko1212 36 replies3 threads Junior Member
    They are usually given an advantage from what i know
    · Reply · Share
  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri 9459 replies359 threads Senior Member
    When you get to high school your guidance counselor will be able to help you understand admission rates from your school. I think pretty much all tenured professors have PhDs, so I don't think that's a tip for college or prep school. What matters most is your record. Do the best you can and when it's time to apply create a well balanced list. Good luck.
    · Reply · Share
  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 7409 replies76 threads Senior Member
    Outside of Fine Arts and Architecture (where a Masters is the terminal degree), pretty much *all* profs (including adjuncts) are expected to have PhDs. It is passing rare for somebody to be such the expert that that a PhD wouldn't be de rigueur (eg, Joyce Carol Oates, who had a Masters, an unfinished PhD, and 2 published books when she started teaching English at Princeton).
    · Reply · Share
  • skieuropeskieurope 40797 replies7594 threads Super Moderator
    Outside of Fine Arts and Architecture (where a Masters is the terminal degree), pretty much *all* profs (including adjuncts) are expected to have PhDs. This is from the terms of service: Multiple registrations by the same individual without written permission from College Confidential are not allowed. I would like written permission.
    AFAIK, all tenured and tenure-track faculty in these departments hold doctorates. I'm sure someone may come up with the exception, but most instructors without a doctorate will hold the non-tenure-track rank of "lecturer." And just holding a PhD does not make one tenure-track.

    As mentioned upthread, the benefit will depend, in part, on the rank of the parent. It will also, obviously, depend upon the qualifications of the applicant.

    · Reply · Share
  • sgopal2sgopal2 3648 replies51 threads Senior Member
    From the Arcidiacano report, here are the odds and percentage increase in admissions for being a faculty child (ie facbrat):

    Logit 1.822
    Odds 6.18
    Percent chance: 518%

    This means that being a faculty child you have a 6x greater odds of admission as compared to someone without the same status. The log-odds, or percent chance is 518%. This is a whopping number. The only other categories with higher chances are: athlete, race X, Dean's interest and legacy.
    · Reply · Share
  • CommunityMemberCommunityMember 14 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Thanks for your input everyone!
    · Reply · Share
  • jazzingjazzing 79 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Outside of Fine Arts and Architecture (where a Masters is the terminal degree), pretty much *all* profs (including adjuncts) are expected to have PhDs. It is passing rare for somebody to be such the expert that that a PhD wouldn't be de rigueur (eg, Joyce Carol Oates, who had a Masters, an unfinished PhD, and 2 published books when she started teaching English at Princeton).

    Harvard has other professional schools, including the medical, dental, and law schools, where the terminal degree is a PhD for most faculty members. That said, the biggest hook goes to children of faculty in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, most of whom have PhDs.
    · Reply · Share
  • jazzingjazzing 79 replies5 threads Junior Member
    edited February 19
    jazzing wrote: »
    Outside of Fine Arts and Architecture (where a Masters is the terminal degree), pretty much *all* profs (including adjuncts) are expected to have PhDs. It is passing rare for somebody to be such the expert that that a PhD wouldn't be de rigueur (eg, Joyce Carol Oates, who had a Masters, an unfinished PhD, and 2 published books when she started teaching English at Princeton).

    Harvard has other professional schools, including the medical, dental, and law schools, where the terminal degree is a PhD for most faculty members. That said, the biggest hook goes to children of faculty in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, most of whom have PhDs.

    Sorry about the typo in post #15. I meant to type: the terminal degree is NOT a PhD for most faculty members in those professional schools

    edited February 19
    · Reply · Share
Sign In or Register to comment.

Recent Activity