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Legacy Hook?

emtfxcemtfxc Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
Hi! I'm a junior in high school, and for college, Princeton tops my list, especially the engineering school. I believe that I could be a competitive candidate for Princeton (but isn't almost everyone who applies...?); however, my father attended Princeton as an athletic recruit, and I was wondering if, and if so, to what extent, being a legacy affects your chance of admissions. Oh, I am also an runner with a good shot of competing in college. Thanks so much for your help!

Replies to: Legacy Hook?

  • Falcon1Falcon1 Registered User Posts: 1,950 Senior Member
    edited October 2014
    Fortunately for you, Princeton seems to still value legacies more than most of the other Ivies. Last year, they accepted about 30% of the legacies that applied. That being said, you should apply early to get most of the legacy boost and these days most admitted legacies to the top Ivies appear to have have stats and ec's equal to or above that of the average of their admitted class. his begs the question of whether they really needed or even got a boost at all.
  • emtfxcemtfxc Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
    Thanks @falcon1!! I definitely plan to apply SCEA next year. Princeton has been my dream school as long as I can remember!
  • emtfxcemtfxc Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
    Anyone else?
  • Ambitious19Ambitious19 Registered User Posts: 434 Member
    I would agree! Definitely apply SCEA for your legacy to really provide an advantage.
  • lostaccountlostaccount Registered User Posts: 5,409 Senior Member
    "That being said". Let's get rid of that expression! That not being said, Princeton continues to ignore merit in favor of legacy. Yes you have a better chance then others. Won't you always wonder if you could have made it on your own? Mom's coattails are only so long!
  • CantigerCantiger Registered User Posts: 943 Member
    The irony and humor of pointing out an over used phrase followed immediately by incorrect grammar is not lost on me. ;)
  • lostaccountlostaccount Registered User Posts: 5,409 Senior Member
    Just interjecting some humor here! Such serious stuff.
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