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Do I have to be an absolute superstar to get into any of the Ivy League?


Replies to: Do I have to be an absolute superstar to get into any of the Ivy League?

  • BKSquaredBKSquared Registered User Posts: 1,073 Senior Member
    ^ Agree between 2 equally qualified candidates that legacy is a significant advantage at most schools that provide a preference. Curious if the Harvard data shows whether or not as a group, legacy admits have lower test scores and gpa as weighted by Harvard or overall lower academic score compared to non legacy admits, maybe stripping out athletic recruits and URM's from both sides of the equation.
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 30,836 Senior Member
    edited January 23
    How did this thread turn into anti-legacy?

    The fact that legacies may have a better admit rate does not incontrovertably prove this is mere "preference." Frankly, you'd need to see a broad range of apps to understand why just being a top performer in hs isn't enough. You'd need to take a hard look at the sorts of questions in the app and supps, to see the "more" a kid can present. More often, they just don't hit the mark.

    One big difference is that legacies start with an understanding of what that college offers, academically and other. And if they don't, there's no rubber stamp that gets them in. The top colleges aren't afraid to say no to a legacy who doesn't cut it.
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 40,140 Super Moderator
    The thread has gone off-topic, and really should not have been revived since the OP asked the question in September. Closing.
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