Do schools care where your parents when to college?

<p>One of my parents graduated from an Ivy, and I was wondering how that effects my chances. Anyone?</p>

<p>i think it matters more if your parents HAVENT gone to college, because then that would increase your chances of getting into a more competitive institution (granted, your EC and stats were at that level, too) </p>

<p>if your parents graduated from an ivy, adcoms would expect you to have higher grades, because your parent(s) had a good education and so you would have a higher value for education, or something like that...</p>


<p>yeah.. it sucks</p>

<p>On the other hand, you get a boost at that Ivy for being a legacy. Especially if it's a place like Princeton :D</p>

<p>crazyyy wrote: "yeah.. it sucks"</p>

<p>I have to laugh. Crazyy: as compared to what? Having un-educated parents? Having parents who are just laborers who don't value education at all? Given that only one percent of the human race even receives a college degree, I think some perspective is needed here.</p>

<p>Thank your lucky stars, figureskater, that people in your home honored reading and learning and probably earned enough money to allow you to live a comfortable life. That's not guaranteed anyone -- despite what living in America would have crazzy believe.</p>

<p>One needs to step back and even consider how CRAZY it is that we can spend time on CC to muse about competitive college admissions when probably have the world's parents would give their arms and legs just to have their kids graduate high school given the endemic poverty and lack of free education that is still most of this planet.</p>

<p>^you got pwned man lol..very true, no matter how much your parents ivy league education inhibits you from getting into top are part of a very lucky .oo1 % portion of the world..unless ivy league has turned them into greedy, status obsessed snobs, then i guess your not lucky lol</p>

<p>Oh I do realize that I was very lucky to have such a well educated father, but I'm not so interested in his alma mater, and frankly the legacy bump doesn't help much. It's not that I'm not grateful; I am. I know that I am blessed, but as far as how parent's education looks on my application, it's not so wonderful. I understand what both of you mean.</p>

<p>@T26E4- I feel as if you made a couple generalizations in your response, therefore I would like to correct you. Your making it seem as if you don't go to college you wont value education and or you will always be a laborer. However, this is not true. Neither of my parents went to college and we I live very comfortably. My father chose to take a different track than college and went into the military (air force) which led him to move up and ranks. In addition, my mother, who couldn't go to college for various reasons chose to open up her own daycare. Although, they both didn't go to college, my parents both value education and encourage me to learn as much as I can. </p>

<p>That was just my little rant about T26E4's comment</p>

<p>What if only one of your parents went to college? And it wasn't an Ivy...would they even make that an admission factor?</p>

<p>To echo gymnast, my father never attended any college, and my mother dropped out to return and finish at a community college followed by a local state college in her 30s. </p>

<p>Would circumstances such as these separate applicants from the typical applicant with college-educated parent(s), albeit not to the extent of first generation applicants?</p>

<p>steffc073: I can understand your comments. I didn't mean to cast such a wide statement. My parents were immigrant restaurant workers but also valued their kids' college opportunities. I was referring to some people who genuinely dismiss the need for higher education as a waste of time. Sure they are entitled to their ideas. I don't share them. And I feel bad for college aspiring kids who face the negative pressure from within their own homes.</p>

<p>I hope this is clearer. Best rgrds T26</p>

<p>DD was asked about her parents' educations in an alumni interview. I don't think it made any difference for her though it was something she could talk about easily. Then she told a story about her dad being ordered to take me out--he was in the Army. It's a joke I tell, and she made the guy laugh.</p>

<p>You know what sucks the most? If your parents are immigrants (like mine) - and studied in their native country. Colleges regard you as having college educated parents, but you don't get a legacy anywhere at all in the states.</p>

<p>Too bad colleges don't make a label such as "1st Generation American Citizen"...but oh wait that would disproportionately help Asian Americans, though it would give a much needed boost to Hispanics as well.</p>

<p>There are so few schools that legacy status matters and even then, it is not a guarantee.</p>