The Legacy Of College Admissions

1579 WordsNov 22, 20167 Pages
College admissions are simple. They check your GPA and ACT/SAT test scores and see if your scores match their expectations. If you do, they will take you. If you don’t, they will reject you. What about if your score is in the middle? What if you don’t quite meet their expectations, but you don’t really fall below them? Legacy is like a tiebreaker or the cherry on top of the cake, but currently is a very controversial topic. Being a legacy student can cause a significant impact on the admission process. It also gives you a huge advantage over non-legacy students. Being a legacy student has the potential of getting you admitted into the college that you want, even if you don’t meet all the requirements. UW should take legacy into…show more content…
Not that universities and colleges only do this for money, they also do this for tradition, better reputation, loyal students, and an overall appreciation for the college of the university. Having legacy students at the institution will greatly benefit UW by receiving donations from them. With colleges and universities becoming businesses, “the high rate of monetary support by legacies and their parents is viewed as crucial” for that institution to be financially sound and successful. Moreover, “over three-quarters of legacies have a parent with a high-status occupation, compared to about 62% of students with college degree parents and less than one-third of students with no degree parents.” This means that the parents of legacy students are usually wealthier than non-legacies. This also means that with wealthier parents, the chance of a donation or donations to that college or university is most likely to substantially increase. Moving on, “legacies arrive on campus forming a distinct status group that is characterized by an abundance of economic, cultural and social capital.” With economic capital, they are more likely to participate in activities and spend more money. And it is what colleges or universities desire, more money. By partaking in college or university activities, the student will grow fonder of it later on and might donate to support the institution. In the
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