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Harvard Legacy

Juice LeeJuice Lee Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
edited March 2007 in What Are My Chances?
I have a father who graduated from Harvard University for undergrad. he donates every year and receives information all the time on apps, info etc and does interviews as volunteer.

Basically, he says I could get in just from his legacy with decent enough stats, as he has made a great of enough legacy of being one of only two football players to graduate. I don't have wonderful stats and therefore I completely disagree with him but he acts as if it's nothing to get me in.

How powerful is having a big legacy at Harvard? What would I need stat-wise to for-sure my acceptance? (keep in mind the contributions made to the college up above)
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Replies to: Harvard Legacy

  • kyledavid80kyledavid80 Registered User Posts: 8,093 Senior Member
    Legacy + the fact that he donates = very good to Harvard. Or at least that's what I've found.

    It'll definitely give you a boost, but you also have to be pretty excellent on your own.
  • Snake13Snake13 Registered User Posts: 162 Junior Member
    when u ay he's one of only two football players to graduate do u mean your father played in the NFL?
  • jayhawk303jayhawk303 - Posts: 513 Member
    do they really keep track of who donates, and how much? i mean is there anywhere on the application to put that your parent donates? or do they know that you have a potential student who is the son/daughter of an alumni/donor already? how much $ is enough to make an impression?
  • Sheed30Sheed30 Registered User Posts: 12,425 Senior Member
    Dude, they definitely pay attention.
  • jayhawk303jayhawk303 - Posts: 513 Member
    how though?
  • mochamavenmochamaven Registered User Posts: 878 Member
    It depends on how much $$ he donates, lol. If you're talking 5-6 figures plus, lol, that'll help a LOT. If you have "ordinary" legacy (like I did) it helps, but not a lot. It just gives you a little boost if you're "tied" with someone else for admission. Good luck!!!
  • zagatzagat - Posts: 2,360 Senior Member
    To be development candidate the money would have to be millions. A legacy probably doubles the chance for a qualified candidate. It is a big boost.
  • jayhawk303jayhawk303 - Posts: 513 Member
    but i mean i don't get how they know who exactly donates money, and who their kids are...i mean how do they keep track of this? and where is there room to note this on the application?
  • zagatzagat - Posts: 2,360 Senior Member
    The office of development, a big operation at all top colleges, flags afmissions as to who the big donors are. Other people within the college contact admissions to give a hand to children of very active alum like fundraisers (the most important thing you can do for your school), presidents of the alum class or head of a major reunion and such.
  • jayhawk303jayhawk303 - Posts: 513 Member
    oh so when you donate, you let them know who your kids are and when they graduate, etc?
  • zagatzagat - Posts: 2,360 Senior Member
    No, if you donate big money they know who you are, you don't have to tell them. The big donors are contacted on a regular baisi by the school over the years inviting you to cocktail parties, special weekend events and dinners at other alum's homes. They know the key develompent people. When their kids apply, they call their contact, if they given big gifts.
  • jayhawk303jayhawk303 - Posts: 513 Member
    thats crazy...so what exactly is considered a "big gift" to guarantee your son/daughter to get into a school, for other schools besides harvard..lets say a schol like georgetown or something along those lines...
  • sunshadowsunshadow Registered User Posts: 1,182 Senior Member
    If you state on your application that you are a legacy, the admissions people automatically click on the alumni office link to find out if your parents gave any money. When they find out he did, and how much, and how frequently, it is flagged on your application.
  • jayhawk303jayhawk303 - Posts: 513 Member
    man that doesnt seem like much of a guarantee to give that much money to not be 100% sure your kids are going to get in...ive heard stories or small talk that people say if a parent donates a million dollars or whatever there son will get in....kind of like " if i donate 1 million to stanford in return you must let my son go there", they make it sound like they are making a deal? is this true?
  • alamodealamode Registered User Posts: 2,063 Senior Member
    hah, this doesnt exactly pertain to you, but I must say, my friend is really lucky: one of her brothers went to yale and the other to harvard, and her father and mother both went to cornell, so she has legacies in 3 ivies! lol.
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