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A little legacy never hurt…

January 6, 2011

…And it may help even more than previously thought.

A Harvard researcher has found that applicants to elite colleges whose parents are alums are 60 percent more likely to get acceptance letters than applicants with no legacy.  

The author, Michael Hurwitz, says he only compared students who had similar traits and high school activities. He believes the results show that legacies play a greater role in college admissions than most people — including admissions officers at the colleges themselves –realized.

Still, Hurwitz says non legacy applicants should not despair. Even at the 30 schools he studied, legacy students made up just six percent of the total applicant pool.

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