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Low GPA NYU Legacy Chances?

MishekMishek Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
Hey guys so I am basically done applying to all my schools. However my mom graduated from NYU, and she really wants me to go. I'm interested, but do not think I will get in. I know my stats are definatley not enough. Basically I am asking how heavy the legacy is when it comes to raising my chances. Here are my stats;
GPA- 2.7/4
SAT- 1980/2400 1280/1600 (Superscore)
Writing- 690 Essay 10
Math- 590
CR- 690

ECs- Varsity Wrestling 4 years
Varsity Wrestling Captain 2 Years
Student Government Treasurer
Founder of the Fitness Club
Debate Club

3rd place at a National Wrestling Tournament
5th Place at a National Wrestling Tournament

So what do you guys think? Will the legacy give me a chance or not at all?

Replies to: Low GPA NYU Legacy Chances?

  • MishekMishek Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
    BTW I forgot to mention that the low GPA was caused by me being in a dual curriculum school. I came into the school not having a background in hebrew, which was essential for many classes, leading to me almost failing my two years. My grades show an upwards trend, and this was all explained in my essay.
  • TopTierTopTier Registered User Posts: 2,766 Senior Member
    What many people just don't seem to understand -- although it is a simple and reasonable concept -- is not all alumni/legacy "hooks" are remotely equal; a few will be quite beneficial, while most are essentially meaningless.

    How involved has your NYU mother been in advancing the University in the last several decades? For example, has she devoted great time, talent, and/or treasury to the NYU? Has she done anything remotely like serving as an Alumni Association VP, or leading her class' twenty-fifth reunion fund raising activities, or current serving as President of NYU's Boston alumni group, or endowing scholarships, or co-teaching with faculty members? Individual who do such things earn substantial influence on campus and their children will likely have a tangible admissions advantage. However, the "typical alum" who occasionally provides a small donation, attends a few events annually, has never been involved in institutional oversight or governance, in alumni leadership, in fund raising, in working with the faculty, in providing career advantages to undergraduates and postgraduates (and so forth) is plainly not going to provide a significant admissions benefit.
  • MishekMishek Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
    Oh okay thanks. My mother is not involved so much so I understand the legacy won't really help. Thank you though!
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