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Colleges that Consider Legacy Status

So-called "legacy applicants," those who have familial ties to an institution, are still given a measurable edge in the admissions process at many elite U.S. colleges and universities. Some institutions such as Stanford and UNC only take “primary legacy” status into consideration—where one or both of the applicant’s parents are alumni. Yet, most schools will also grant favor to "secondary legacies" who claim a grandparent, sibling, or other non-parental familial affiliation to the school. Only a handful of elite schools have shed the practice entirely from their admissions formula. These include MIT, Caltech, and Cooper Union. While controversial, being a legacy can provide a massive boost to your odds of acceptance. For example, the admission rate for Harvard legacies is over five times that of non-legacies. College Transitions’ list below of which colleges consider legacy status will inform you as to whether "keeping it in the family" will actually provide you with an advantage at your prospective schools.

*Data collected from institution websites and Common Data Set (CDS) forms.

Table updated October 2021.

InstitutionAlumni Relation/Legacy Status
Adelphi UniversityConsidered
Agnes Scott CollegeConsidered
Albion CollegeConsidered
Alfred UniversityConsidered
Allegheny CollegeConsidered
American UniversityConsidered
Amherst CollegeConsidered
Appalachian State UniversityConsidered
Arizona State UniversityNot Considered
Assumption CollegeConsidered
Auburn UniversityConsidered
Augustana CollegeConsidered
Austin CollegeConsidered
Babson CollegeConsidered
Ball State UniversityNot Considered
Bard CollegeConsidered
Barnard CollegeConsidered
Bates CollegeConsidered
Baylor UniversityConsidered
Belmont UniversityConsidered
Beloit CollegeConsidered
Bennington CollegeNot Considered
Bentley UniversityConsidered
Berea CollegeNot Considered
Berry CollegeNot Considered
Binghamton UniversityConsidered
Birmingham Southern CollegeConsidered
Bloomsburg University of PennsylvaniaNot Considered
Boise State UniversityNot Considered
Boston CollegeConsidered
Boston UniversityConsidered
Bowdoin CollegeConsidered
Bowling Green State UniversityConsidered
Bradley UniversityConsidered
Brandeis UniversityConsidered
Brigham Young University-ProvoNot Considered
Brown UniversityConsidered
Bryant UniversityConsidered
Bryn Mawr CollegeConsidered
Bucknell UniversityConsidered
Butler UniversityConsidered
Cal Poly, PomonaNot Considered
Cal Poly, San Luis ObispoNot Considered
California Institute of TechnologyNot Considered
California State University, FresnoNot Considered
California State University, FullertonNot Considered
California State University, Long BeachNot Considered
Canisius CollegeConsidered
Carleton CollegeConsidered
Carnegie Mellon UniversityConsidered
Case Western Reserve UniversityConsidered
Catholic University of AmericaConsidered
Central Michigan UniversityConsidered
Centre CollegeConsidered
Chapman UniversityNot Considered
Christopher Newport UniversityConsidered
Citadel Military College of South CarolinaConsidered
Claremont McKenna CollegeConsidered
Clark UniversityConsidered
Clarkson UniversityConsidered
Clemson UniversityConsidered
Coastal Carolina UniversityConsidered
Colby CollegeConsidered
Colgate UniversityConsidered
College of CharlestonConsidered
College of Saint BenedictConsidered
College of the Holy CrossConsidered
College of William and MaryConsidered
Colorado CollegeConsidered
Colorado School of MinesConsidered
Colorado State UniversityConsidered
Columbia UniversityConsidered
Connecticut CollegeConsidered
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and ArtNot Considered
Cornell CollegeConsidered
Cornell UniversityConsidered
Creighton UniversityNot Considered
CUNY Bernard M Baruch CollegeNot Considered
CUNY Brooklyn CollegeNot Considered
CUNY City CollegeNot Considered
CUNY Hunter CollegeNot Considered
CUNY Lehman CollegeNot Considered
Dartmouth CollegeConsidered
Davidson CollegeConsidered
Denison UniversityConsidered
DePaul UniversityConsidered
DePauw UniversityConsidered
Dickinson CollegeConsidered
Drake UniversityConsidered
Drew UniversityConsidered
Drexel UniversityConsidered
Duke UniversityConsidered
Duquesne UniversityConsidered
Earlham CollegeNot Considered
East Carolina UniversityConsidered
Eastern Connecticut State UniversityConsidered
Eastern Kentucky UniversityNot Considered
Eckerd CollegeConsidered
Elizabethtown CollegeConsidered
Elon UniversityConsidered
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityConsidered
Emerson CollegeConsidered
Emory UniversityConsidered
Endicott CollegeConsidered
Fairfield UniversityConsidered
Fitchburg State UniversityConsidered
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical UniversityConsidered
Florida Atlantic UniversityNot Considered
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityNot Considered
Florida Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Florida International UniversityNot Considered
Florida Southern CollegeConsidered
Florida State UniversityNot Considered
Fordham UniversityConsidered
Franklin and Marshall CollegeConsidered
Franklin W. Olin College of EngineeringConsidered
Furman UniversityConsidered
George Mason UniversityNot Considered
George Washington UniversityConsidered
Georgetown CollegeNot Considered
Georgetown UniversityConsidered
Georgia CollegeConsidered
Georgia Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Georgia Southern UniversityNot Considered
Georgia State UniversityNot Considered
Gettysburg CollegeConsidered
Gonzaga UniversityConsidered
Goucher CollegeConsidered
Grinnell CollegeConsidered
Grove City CollegeConsidered
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeConsidered
Hamilton CollegeConsidered
Hampshire CollegeConsidered
Hanover CollegeConsidered
Harvard UniversityConsidered
Harvey Mudd CollegeConsidered
Haverford CollegeConsidered
Hendrix CollegeConsidered
High Point UniversityConsidered
Hillsdale CollegeConsidered
Hobart William Smith CollegesConsidered
Hofstra UniversityConsidered
Hope CollegeConsidered
Howard UniversityConsidered
Illinois Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Illinois State UniversityNot Considered
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityConsidered
Indiana University BloomingtonConsidered
Indiana University-Purdue University-IndianapolisNot Considered
Iowa State UniversityNot Considered
Ithaca CollegeConsidered
James Madison UniversityConsidered
John Carroll UniversityConsidered
Johns Hopkins UniversityNot Considered
Juniata CollegeConsidered
Kalamazoo CollegeConsidered
Kansas State UniversityNot Considered
Kent State University at KentNot Considered
Kenyon CollegeConsidered
Kettering UniversityNot Considered
Knox CollegeConsidered
La Salle UniversityConsidered
Lafayette CollegeConsidered
Lake Forest CollegeConsidered
Lawrence UniversityConsidered
Lehigh UniversityConsidered
Lewis & Clark CollegeConsidered
Linfield College-McMinnville CampusConsidered
Louisiana State UniversityConsidered
Loyola Marymount UniversityConsidered
Loyola University ChicagoConsidered
Loyola University MarylandConsidered
Lycoming CollegeConsidered
Macalester CollegeConsidered
Manhattan CollegeConsidered
Marist CollegeConsidered
Marquette UniversityConsidered
Marshall UniversityNot Considered
Massachusetts College of Liberal ArtsConsidered
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyNot Considered
Massachusetts Maritime AcademyConsidered
McDaniel CollegeConsidered
Mercer UniversityNot Considered
Mercyhurst UniversityConsidered
Merrimack CollegeConsidered
Messiah CollegeConsidered
Miami UniversityConsidered
Michigan State UniversityConsidered
Michigan Technological UniversityNot Considered
Middlebury CollegeConsidered
Millersville University of PennsylvaniaNot Considered
Millsaps CollegeNot Considered
Milwaukee School of EngineeringNot Considered
Mississippi State UniversityNot Considered
Missouri University of Science and TechnologyNot Considered
Monmouth UniversityConsidered
Montana State UniversityNot Considered
Montclair State UniversityNot Considered
Moravian CollegeConsidered
Morehouse CollegeConsidered
Mount Holyoke CollegeConsidered
Muhlenberg CollegeConsidered
Murray State UniversityNot Considered
New College of FloridaConsidered
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyConsidered
New Mexico Institute of Mining and TechnologyNot Considered
New Mexico State University-Main CampusNot Considered
New York Institute of TechnologyConsidered
New York UniversityConsidered
Niagara UniversityConsidered
North Carolina State UniversityConsidered
North Dakota State University-Main CampusNot Considered
Northeastern UniversityNot Considered
Northern Arizona UniversityNot Considered
Northern Michigan UniversityNot Considered
Northwestern UniversityConsidered
Norwich UniversityConsidered
Oakland UniversityNot Considered
Oberlin CollegeConsidered
Occidental CollegeConsidered
Ohio State UniversityNot Considered
Ohio UniversityConsidered
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityConsidered
Oklahoma State UniversityNot Considered
Old Dominion UniversityConsidered
Oregon Institute of TechnologyNot Considered
Oregon State UniversityNot Considered
Pennsylvania State University - University ParkConsidered
Pepperdine UniversityConsidered
Pitzer CollegeConsidered
Pomona CollegeNot Considered
Portland State UniversityNot Considered
Presbyterian CollegeConsidered
Princeton UniversityConsidered
Providence CollegeConsidered
Purdue UniversityConsidered
Quinnipiac UniversityConsidered
Ramapo College of New JerseyConsidered
Randolph-Macon CollegeConsidered
Reed CollegeConsidered
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteConsidered
Rhode Island School of DesignConsidered
Rhodes CollegeConsidered
Rice UniversityConsidered
Ripon CollegeNot Considered
Roanoke CollegeConsidered
Rochester Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Roger Williams UniversityConsidered
Rollins CollegeConsidered
Rose-Hulman Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Rowan UniversityNot Considered
Rutgers University-CamdenNot Considered
Rutgers University-New BrunswickNot Considered
Rutgers University-NewarkNot Considered
Sacred Heart UniversityNot Considered
Saint Anselm CollegeConsidered
Saint Johns UniversityConsidered
Saint Joseph's UniversityConsidered
Saint Louis UniversityNot Considered
Saint Mary's CollegeConsidered
Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaConsidered
Saint Michael's CollegeConsidered
Salem State UniversityNot Considered
Salisbury UniversityConsidered
Salve Regina UniversityConsidered
Sam Houston State UniversityNot Considered
Samford UniversityNot Considered
San Diego State UniversityNot Considered
San Francisco State UniversityNot Considered
San Jose State UniversityNot Considered
Santa Clara UniversityConsidered
Sarah Lawrence CollegeConsidered
Scripps CollegeConsidered
Seattle UniversityConsidered
Seton Hall UniversityNot Considered
Siena CollegeConsidered
Simmons UniversityNot Considered
Skidmore CollegeConsidered
Smith CollegeConsidered
Soka University of AmericaConsidered
Sonoma State UniversityNot Considered
South Dakota State UniversityNot Considered
Southern Connecticut State UniversityConsidered
Southern Methodist UniversityConsidered
Southwestern UniversityConsidered
Spelman CollegeConsidered
St Bonaventure UniversityConsidered
St John's University-New YorkConsidered
St Lawrence UniversityConsidered
St Olaf CollegeConsidered
St. John's College (MD)Considered
St. John's College (NM)Considered
St. Mary's College of MarylandConsidered
Stanford UniversityConsidered
State University of New York at New PaltzNot Considered
Stetson UniversityConsidered
Stevens Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Stockton UniversityNot Considered
Stonehill CollegeConsidered
Stony Brook UniversityConsidered
Suffolk UniversityConsidered
SUNY at AlbanyNot Considered
SUNY at FredoniaNot Considered
SUNY at Purchase CollegeNot Considered
SUNY College at BrockportNot Considered
SUNY College at GeneseoConsidered
SUNY College at OswegoConsidered
SUNY College at PlattsburghConsidered
SUNY College at PotsdamNot Considered
SUNY College of Environmental Science and ForestryConsidered
SUNY CortlandConsidered
SUNY OneontaNot Considered
Susquehanna UniversityConsidered
Swarthmore CollegeConsidered
Syracuse UniversityConsidered
Temple UniversityConsidered
Tennessee Technological UniversityNot Considered
Texas A & M University-College StationNot Considered
Texas Christian UniversityConsidered
Texas State UniversityNot Considered
The College of New JerseyConsidered
The College of WoosterNot Considered
The University of MontanaNot Considered
The University of Tennessee-ChattanoogaNot Considered
The University of Tennessee-KnoxvilleConsidered
The University of Texas at ArlingtonNot Considered
The University of Texas at AustinNot Considered
The University of Texas at DallasNot Considered
The University of the SouthConsidered
Towson UniversityNot Considered
Transylvania UniversityConsidered
Trinity CollegeConsidered
Trinity UniversityConsidered
Truman State UniversityConsidered
Tufts UniversityConsidered
Tulane UniversityConsidered
Union CollegeConsidered
United States Air Force AcademyConsidered
United States Coast Guard AcademyConsidered
United States Merchant Marine AcademyNot Considered
United States Military AcademyNot Considered
United States Naval AcademyConsidered
University at BuffaloNot Considered
University of Akron Main CampusConsidered
University of AlabamaConsidered
University of Alabama at BirminghamNot Considered
University of ArizonaNot Considered
University of ArkansasConsidered
University of California, BerkeleyNot Considered
University of California, DavisNot Considered
University of California, IrvineNot Considered
University of California, Los AngelesNot Considered
University of California, MercedNot Considered
University of California, RiversideNot Considered
University of California, San DiegoNot Considered
University of California, Santa BarbaraNot Considered
University of California, Santa CruzNot Considered
University of Central FloridaConsidered
University of ChicagoConsidered
University of CincinnatiNot Considered
University of Colorado BoulderNot Considered
University of ConnecticutConsidered
University of DallasConsidered
University of DaytonConsidered
University of DelawareConsidered
University of DenverConsidered
University of FloridaNot Considered
University of GeorgiaNot Considered
University of HoustonNot Considered
University of IdahoNot Considered
University of Illinois at ChicagoNot Considered
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignNot Considered
University of IowaNot Considered
University of KansasConsidered
University of KentuckyNot Considered
University of Louisiana at LafayetteNot Considered
University of LouisvilleNot Considered
University of MaineNot Considered
University of Mary WashingtonConsidered
University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyNot Considered
University of Maryland, College ParkConsidered
University of Massachusetts AmherstConsidered
University of Massachusetts BostonNot Considered
University of Massachusetts LowellConsidered
University of MemphisNot Considered
University of MiamiConsidered
University of MichiganConsidered
University of Michigan-DearbornNot Considered
University of Minnesota-DuluthConsidered
University of Minnesota-MorrisNot Considered
University of Minnesota-Twin CitiesConsidered
University of MississippiNot Considered
University of Missouri-ColumbiaNot Considered
University of Nebraska-LincolnNot Considered
University of Nevada-Las VegasNot Considered
University of Nevada-RenoNot Considered
University of New HampshireConsidered
University of New MexicoNot Considered
University of North Carolina at AshevilleConsidered
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillConsidered
University of North Carolina at CharlotteNot Considered
University of North Carolina at GreensboroNot Considered
University of North Carolina WilmingtonConsidered
University of North DakotaNot Considered
University of North FloridaNot Considered
University of North GeorgiaNot Considered
University of North TexasNot Considered
University of Northern ColoradoNot Considered
University of Northern IowaNot Considered
University of Notre DameConsidered
University of OklahomaConsidered
University of OregonNot Considered
University of PennsylvaniaConsidered
University of PittsburghConsidered
University of PortlandConsidered
University of Puget SoundConsidered
University of RedlandsConsidered
University of Rhode IslandConsidered
University of RichmondConsidered
University of RochesterConsidered
University of San DiegoConsidered
University of San FranciscoConsidered
University of ScrantonConsidered
University of South CarolinaNot Considered
University of South DakotaNot Considered
University of South FloridaNot Considered
University of Southern CaliforniaConsidered
University of St ThomasConsidered
University of TampaConsidered
University of the PacificNot Considered
University of ToledoNot Considered
University of TulsaConsidered
University of UtahConsidered
University of VermontConsidered
University of Virginia-Main CampusConsidered
University of WashingtonNot Considered
University of Washington-Bothell CampusNot Considered
University of Wisconsin-Eau ClaireNot Considered
University of Wisconsin-La CrosseConsidered
University of Wisconsin-MadisonNot Considered
University of WyomingNot Considered
Ursinus CollegeConsidered
Valparaiso UniversityConsidered
Vanderbilt UniversityConsidered
Vassar CollegeConsidered
Villanova UniversityConsidered
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityNot Considered
Virginia Military InstituteConsidered
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityConsidered
Wabash CollegeConsidered
Wagner CollegeNot Considered
Wake Forest UniversityConsidered
Warren Wilson CollegeNot Considered
Washington & Jefferson CollegeConsidered
Washington and Lee UniversityConsidered
Washington CollegeConsidered
Washington State UniversityNot Considered
Washington University in St. LouisConsidered
Wayne State UniversityNot Considered
Wellesley CollegeConsidered
Wentworth Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Wesleyan UniversityConsidered
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaNot Considered
West Virginia UniversityNot Considered
Western Carolina UniversityNot Considered
Western Michigan UniversityNot Considered
Western Washington UniversityNot Considered
Westmont CollegeConsidered
Wheaton College (IL)Considered
Wheaton College (MA)Considered
Whitman CollegeConsidered
Whittier CollegeNot Considered
Whitworth UniversityConsidered
Wichita State UniversityNot Considered
Widener UniversityConsidered
Willamette UniversityConsidered
Williams CollegeConsidered
Winthrop UniversityNot Considered
Wofford CollegeConsidered
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteConsidered
Xavier UniversityConsidered
Yale UniversityConsidered
Yeshiva UniversityNot Considered
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