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Most College Admissions Officers Believe Legacy Admissions Should Be Eliminated

April 15, 2022

In February, two members of Congress introduced a bill that would end legacy admissions at institutions of higher learning that participate in federal student aid programs.

Nearly three out of five admissions officers support the elimination of this practice, according to Kaplan’s 2021 college admissions officers survey. Many argue that legacy admissions, which gives extra consideration to applicants whose parents or other ancestors were school alumni, contributes to a lack of diversity on campuses. But so far, few schools have actually put an end to the practice. Further, just two out of five colleges and universities have programs specifically designed to recruit Black applicants, while only a slightly higher percentage have programs specifically designed to recruit Hispanic/Latinx applicants.


Source: Kaplan’s 2021 college admissions officers survey

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