Sibling Legacy?

<p>Greetings,
I have been told that because my sister attends Cornell, I have a greater chance at admittance. Does anyone know if this is a legitimate claim for Cornell or any other University? Obviously, I wouldn't rely on this as a hook, but might it be a tipping factor in my favor?</p>

<p>yeah, i believe that still counts as a legacy. lucky dawg.</p>

<p>Ah that's sick. I guess the big sis was good for something after all. :)</p>

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I guess the big sis was good for something after all.

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Ouch............</p>

<p>I don't really remember the cornell supplement on the commonapp, but i don't remember a sibling legacy being on there...? i might be wrong though</p>

<p>IMO, it definitely helps. I'm a sibling legacy, and at least 5 of my closest friends had brothers or sisters go here so.....kind of sounds like they take it into account.</p>

<p>I hate to say it, but I think that it shows that, if the parents can pay for one sibling's Ivy League education, they can probably pay for two. I know it's kind of callous, but I mean, it makes sense.</p>

<p>@Beeb26: that doesn't make any sense since admissions is need-blind...</p>

<p>^You're right. But on the common app, there is a section for where your siblings go to college... Which they can look at whether they are need-blind or not.</p>

<p>@I V: i think legacy definitely helps and yes, cornell admissions committees see both your immediate and extended family that are students and/or alumni. i just disagree that legacy and ability to pay are related because the admissions committee has no idea of your families financial ability to pay. that is unless your family is well-known for making $ contributions to the university or is known for being wealthy in general. in that case, im sure it helps...</p>

<p>I was told that Cornell (off the record) does look favorably on siblings.</p>

<p>My son was class of 2010. My daughter applied last year, and was accepted (class of 2013).</p>

<p>It was definitely a reach for my daughter, so having a brother (who was a good student and active with his frat and extra curriculars) apparently helped.</p>

<p>Now that she has a year under her belt, she said she knows of many many siblings at Cornell.</p>

<p>It also doesn't hurt that it is a big school, so they have more opportunties to accomodate siblings.</p>

<p>Sibling Legacy has nothing to do with ability to pay. To be very blunt, just because you could afford the first 50k doesn't mean you could afford the next 50k. What's attractive to Cornell, and other schools, about sibliing is it fosters loyalty(more donation), and the family/applicant are also more familiar with the school, hence possiblely higher yield.</p>

<p>As far as admission being need-blind...it's never need blind, just need aware. Admission most certainly could figure out who could afford to pay, and they admit accordingly.</p>

<p>^ plus the aid office has told several of my friends that even if their family has 2+ kids at cornell at once, they won't reduce EFC for either of them and won't adjust anything. then again, i guess that wouldn't matter for families that could pay in full for both</p>

<p>Thanks for the info,everyone!</p>