Recently there was a great article in the Chronicle of Higher Education entitled 10 Myths About Legacy Preferences in College Admissions.
The author of the article is Richard Kahlenberg, the author of a new book on legacy admissions. This article is a must read for any student, or parent, who is considering applying to a highly selective college.
Legacy status won’t generally get an unqualified student in but, for the strong student, or even marginal one, legacy status may be the difference between a thin envelope and an acceptance. This is one of the nasty secrets about selective college admissions that the colleges don’t generally want to talk about. But, you need to be aware of.