Princeton ED Legacies

<p>Are any of you guys who applied ED to princeton legacies? Anyone know the percentage of ED applicants who are legacies? And what percent of legacies who apply ED are admitted?</p>

<p>I'm a Princeton ED legacy applicant. About 40% of legacies are accepted. I don't know the other figure.</p>

<p>Question for Legacies: Do your parents talk about Princeton all the time? Did they both attend Princeton - I heard some statistic that over 70% of Princeton alumni marry another Princetonian!? Do you feel obliged to attend their school? Would they freak if you feel in love with Columbia or Yale instead? Just wondering what it's like to be a legacy :)</p>

<p>haha I'll share! I know a lot of Princeton stories but that's probably because I was obsessed with Princeton and would pester him for information. One of the great things about Princeton is the reunions- you're supposed to come every year not just every5. And since we live close enough, I've been going every year since I was in utero. Plus, my dad is the treasurer of his class so we go up in November too. So I fell in love with it, naturally. He never once pressured me or anything- it was my obsession. That lasted until last year when I realized that I better look at other schools too. All of last year everyone kept asking, "You want to go Princeton right" You've wanted to go there forever!" Perhaps their claims are based on teh fact that I own enough apparel to wear Princeton outfits (tops, bottoms, socks, hair things) and accessories (earrings, key chains, pins) every day for at least a week without repeating. Or that I was informing them of Princeton admission policies and procedures in fifth grade. Anyways, when I told them that I really liked Yale too they asked if my dad was ok with that. He was (and is) perfecrly fine with that. In fact, it bothers my mom more (who went to Columbia). He thinks Yale is a better match for me. But a lot of parents I know aren't that cool about it. One of my good friends from Texas is applying to Princeton early and her parents were so mad when she liked Yale (they met at Princeton). I know a lot of alums that met their mates at Princeton. So that percentage may be accurate. Wow sorry I was all over the place in that post, but it is late so give me credit.</p>

<p>Wow ritbitz! that's quite a tale - it must be amazing to have been there so often. I always wondered what you were doing on the Princeton boards :D. So, the obvious question: why Yale?
ps - I love the bit about the clothes - too cool!</p>

<p>Bokonon: About 13% of the student body are sons or daughters of alumni. See <a href=""&gt;;/a> Also, confirms 40% acceptance rate.</p>

<p>The high yield of alumni kids suggests a lot are ED.</p>

<p>Probably. The school also admits it considers as a factor in admission legacy. They don't breakdown ED vs RD. Also, high SATs and grades are correlated with parents education which also should benefit the legacy kid.</p>

<p>and a significant amount of fund$ for the school are from legacy donor$ :) I guess: "Once a Tiger, always a Princetonian"!</p>

<p>wsox and KateLewis - did you apply ED?</p>

<p>I'm an ED legacy. As you all said before, legacies are likely to have higher scores and it makes sense the rate is higher. Also, ED is a self selected group also. Do you guys think the acceptance rate in all the categories will be lower this year?</p>

<p>I'm a parent with more than a passing familiarity with Princeton legacy issues. Many Princeton alums steer their kids away from Princeton - they know the difficulty of the school and admissions, and the likelihood of their kid's not being accepted.</p>

<p>KateLewis - "Many Princeton alums steer their kids away from Princeton" I find this hard to understand, Harvard and Yale are just as selective! And surely a safety should always be a part of the plan?</p>

<p>tiger87 - I speculate that the ED acceptance rate this year will be close to that of year; regular more brutal.</p>

<p>I hope that's the case, but I have a feeling that many people compared Princeton's nice ED accept rate to Yale's brutal EA and applied here. I hope it isn't a brutal year for us =(</p>

<p>I know, zante, I anxiously await the daily princetonians report on the number of apps. </p>

<p>My faces:</p>

<p>"Admissions Dean Janet Rapelye reports another drop in Early Decision applications" = ecstatic face
"Admissions Dean Jane Reapelye reports a steady number of Early Decision applications this year compared to last year." = I'm pretty happy face
"Early Decision applications rise to their highest levels in years." = My, "oh, no" face
and finally
"Early Decision applications double." = Same as a rejection letter.</p>

<p>lol Encom - i'll ditto your facial expressions. Lets hope it doesn't get to the last one :o</p>

<p>Haha, ditto here too. I 'specially agree with the last one.</p>

<p>I grew up knowing about Princeton. Both of my parents went there, and that's where they met. Even though my parents never encouraged me to go to Princeton, I always grew up expecting myself to go there. Only after various visits and when I told them that it was my first choice, did my parents promote Princeton to me. </p>

<p>It's really nice being a legacy because I have two sophisticated and well educated parents who value my development and education...and the admissions perk doesn't hurt =)</p>

<p>A girl living upstairs also had parents who met at Princeton and married under Blair arch. A lot of kids have siblings here too.</p>

<p>Wow, so that '90% of Princetonians marry each other' statistic can't be far off.
....Is that weird and worrying (exclusive, even in marriage) or is it a cool sign of loyalty to the Tiger?</p>

<p>Errr....don't know where that 90% number came from, but I can assure you it isn't true. 15%, maybe? 20%?</p>

<p>Princeton alums don't steer their kids from P to HY (that would be blasphemy!). The ones I know, however, look at their kids as individuals. Some can handle the academic rigor and want that; some don't. Direct experience makes it easier for the parents to assess what kind of school Susie would be happiest at. Direct experience also gives Princeton alums a more balanced view on the value (or lack of value) of the prestige factor, and they're not so hung up about it for their kids.</p>