<p>I know it has a HUGE impact at Penn, but to what extent does it help? Does it mean that if i am at the higher end of the sat range and have a solid gpa i am basically in?</p>

<p>That's a definitely no lol. Sorry to disappoint, but someone had a 1600 SAT, solid GPA, and parents were super super active on campus with great connections to the admission office but was rejected. He went to Washington University in St. Louis. Another person this year, dad was president at Fortune 500 firm but was rejected ED.</p>

<p>Well AY8888, there are ALWAYS exceptions like your example.</p>

<p>Ask this guy: <a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/2395271-post1.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/2395271-post1.html&lt;/a>
He was rejected ED at Penn, but accepted RD at Cornell.</p>

<p>If your family has a building named after it I wanna say you should get in with a solid GPA and SAT score. Penn consistently admits 1/3 of legacy applicants meaning the majority are rejected. If you are a competitive applicant who applies ED legacy status can help, but nothing is a guarantee unless your family is one of the big donors. Legacy status does not mean lower standards for accepting legacy applicants, it just means you are less likely to be one of the many many applicants with a strong resume to be rejected.</p>

<p>"Penn consistently admits 1/3 of legacy applicants meaning the majority are rejected."</p>

<p>1/3 = majority? what? Was that a mistake or am I misunderstanding?</p>

<p>1/3 of legacy admits are admitted (34% in the Class of 2011, making up 15% of the admitted class according to <a href="http://www.admissionsug.upenn.edu/profile/)%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.admissionsug.upenn.edu/profile/)&lt;/a>. This means that 2/3 of legacy applicants are rejected. 2/3 > 1/2 > 1/3 meaning a majority of legacy applicants are rejected. Fractions can be tricky for some of us I guess.</p>

<p>lol we all make reading mistakes.</p>

<p>at least this isn't a test! :D</p>