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Harvard Chance for Children of Faculty

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What is the acceptance rate for children of faculty going into Harvard?


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  • skieuropeskieurope 40084 replies7402 threads Super Moderator
    edited December 2019
    What is the acceptance rate for children of faculty going into Harvard?


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    About 5 times the overall acceptance rate, although the data size is very small.
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  • CommunityMemberCommunityMember 11 replies2 threads New Member
    So 25% of legacy get in?
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 8281 replies70 threads Senior Member
    Legacies are children of Harvard grads, not faculty. That’s a different grouping
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  • TiggerDadTiggerDad 2040 replies73 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.
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  • CommunityMemberCommunityMember 11 replies2 threads New 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.
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  • Data10Data10 3241 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.
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  • blossomblossom 10048 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.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40084 replies7402 threads Super Moderator
    What would be the average GPA for children of faculty to get in.

    Harvard does not release that info.
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  • Muko1212Muko1212 19 replies2 threads Junior Member
    They are usually given an advantage from what i know
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  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri 9220 replies343 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.
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 7044 replies65 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).
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40084 replies7402 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.

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