Legacy admissions stats

<p>This is kind of an odd question, but does anyone know how the admissions stats for legacies compare to those for non-legacies at Yale? I'm just wondering if this is really a "hook" or not. (Assuming your parents haven't given millions of dollars to the school)</p>

<p>My understanding is that if you are a legacy you are pretty fortunate. I have read that the legacy admit rate is 40%. I have read that legacies get to skip the regional reads and automatically get discussed at the admission table. So, if you mother, father, or grandparents went to Yale, you are pretty lucky.</p>

<p>This article is two years old, but you should find the information interesting:</p>

<p><a href="http://www.yalealumnimagazine.com/issues/2004_11/q_a.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.yalealumnimagazine.com/issues/2004_11/q_a.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>It states the legacy admissions rate is around 30%. It also states the legacy pool is substantially stronger than the average of the rest of the pool and that the grades and test scores of admitted legacies is higher than the average of the rest of the admitted class.</p>

<p>Thanks for your replies. It was interesting reading that article, especially the part at the end where he says that "it would be interesting to hear from anyone who's family has been at Yale for more than six generations." While I was on a college tour this summer, I ended up in Boston and ate dinner at a restaurant called Blue Ginger. I don't know if anyone here watches the food network, but this is Ming Tsai's (and his wife, Polly Tsai's (ha ha ha-gotta love that name)) restaurant. Anyway, I had a long coversation with him about Yale (He is an alumni) and he told me that his family goes back for quite a few generations. He also said that his time at Yale was the best four years of his life!
(I know that this is really random, but I still thought it was kind of interesting).</p>

<p>Do siblings count as legacy or is it only parent/child?</p>

<p>Having siblings at Yale does not make you a legacy. The way I understand it is that you are only a legacy if your mother, father, grandmother or grandfather went to Yale. I'm not sure what Yale's stance is on legacy status if one of your parents or grandparents graduated from a graduate school at Yale.</p>

<p>Offspring of grad or professional school alumni are also considered legacies at Yale.</p>

800 cr 760 math 700 writing satII 700 700 800
3.9 average from very very competative school
great essay
good extra curricul.
terrific terrific letters
great interviews
5 and 4 aps
...not even wait listed (and that was a 700 list)</p>

<p>Wow, it seems like with those stats you wouldn't even need legacy status to have at least a decent chance at admission. You said that you weren't even wait-listed. Are you saying that you applied SCEA and were rejected?</p>

and those sat ii were in the 700s not 700
and the letters were fabulous
and Yale knows the school is very very competative
90 kids, over 40 went to mit, caltech,harvard, yale, princeton, columbia, penn amherst, williams stanford, swarthmore pomona</p>

<p>That's scary. Looking at the official SCEA decisions, it seems like most kids with grades and test scores like that were at least deferred. Do you have any idea as to why you weren't?</p>

<p>I was deferred
I think the problem was admissions officers say you are compared to your school peers and Ihad classmates with better grades, perfect scores; legacy shouldn't be held above those credits</p>