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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 August 2019.

Institution Legacy Status
Agnes Scott CollegeConsidered
Albion CollegeConsidered
Alfred UniversityConsidered
Allegheny CollegeConsidered
Alma CollegeConsidered
American UniversityConsidered
Amherst CollegeConsidered
Appalachian State UniversityConsidered
Arizona State UniversityNot Considered
Auburn UniversityImportant
Augustana College (IL)Considered
Austin CollegeConsidered
Babson CollegeConsidered
Bard CollegeConsidered
Barnard CollegeConsidered
Bates CollegeConsidered
Baylor UniversityConsidered
Belmont UniversityConsidered
Beloit CollegeConsidered
Bennington CollegeNot Considered
Bentley UniversityConsidered
Berea CollegeNot Considered
Berry CollegeNot Considered
Birmingham Southern CollegeConsidered
Boston CollegeImportant
Boston UniversityImportant
Bowdoin CollegeConsidered
Bradley UniversityConsidered
Brandeis UniversityConsidered
Brigham Young UniversityNot Considered
Brown UniversityConsidered
Bryant UniversityConsidered
Bryn Mawr CollegeConsidered
Bucknell UniversityConsidered
Butler UniversityConsidered
California Institute of TechnologyConsidered
California Poly, San Luis ObispoNot Considered
Calvin CollegeNot Considered
Canisius CollegeConsidered
Carleton CollegeImportant
Carnegie Mellon UniversityImportant
Case Western Reserve UniversityConsidered
Catholic UniversityConsidered
Centre CollegeConsidered
Champlain CollegeConsidered
Chapman UniversityConsidered
Christopher Newport UniversityConsidered
Claremont McKenna CollegeConsidered
Clark UniversityConsidered
Clemson UniversityConsidered
Coe CollegeConsidered
Colby CollegeConsidered
Colgate UniversityConsidered
College of CharlestonConsidered
College of the AtlanticConsidered
College of the Holy CrossConsidered
College of the OzarksConsidered
College of William and MaryConsidered
Colorado CollegeConsidered
Colorado School of MinesConsidered
Colorado State UniversityConsidered
Columbia UniversityConsidered
Connecticut CollegeConsidered
Cooper UnionNot Considered
Cornell CollegeConsidered
Cornell UniversityConsidered
Creighton UniversityNot Considered
CUNY, Baruch CollegeNot Considered
CUNY, Brooklyn CollegeNot Considered
CUNY, City CollegeNot Considered
CUNY, Hunter CollegeNot Considered
Dartmouth CollegeConsidered
Davidson CollegeConsidered
Denison UniversityConsidered
DePaul UniversityConsidered
DePauw UniversityConsidered
Dickinson CollegeImportant
Drake UniversityNot Considered
Drew UniversityConsidered
Drexel UniversityConsidered
Duke UniversityConsidered
Duquesne UniversityConsidered
Earlham CollegeNot Considered
East Carolina UniversityConsidered
Eckerd CollegeConsidered
Elizabethtown CollegeConsidered
Elon UniversityImportant
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityConsidered
Emerson CollegeConsidered
Emory UniversityConsidered
Evergreen State CollegeNot Considered
Fairfield UniversityConsidered
Florida Atlantic UniversityNot Considered
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityConsidered
Florida Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Florida International UniversityConsidered
Florida Southern CollegeConsidered
Florida State UniversityNot Considered
Fordham UniversityConsidered
Franklin & Marshall CollegeConsidered
Furman UniversityConsidered
George Mason UniversityConsidered
George Washington UniversityConsidered
Georgetown CollegeNot Considered
Georgetown UniversityConsidered
Georgia CollegeConsidered
Georgia Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Georgia State UniversityNot Considered
Gettysburg CollegeConsidered
Gonzaga UniversityConsidered
Goucher CollegeConsidered
Grinnell CollegeConsidered
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeConsidered
Hamilton CollegeConsidered
Hampshire CollegeConsidered
Harvard UniversityConsidered
Harvey Mudd CollegeConsidered
Haverford CollegeConsidered
Hendrix CollegeNot Considered
High Point UniversityConsidered
Hiram CollegeConsidered
Hobart and William Smith CollegesConsidered
Hofstra UniversityConsidered
Hollins UniversityConsidered
Hood CollegeImportant
Hope CollegeConsidered
Howard UniversityConsidered
Illinois Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityConsidered
Indiana UniversityConsidered
Ithaca CollegeConsidered
James Madison UniversityConsidered
Johns Hopkins UniversityConsidered
Juniata CollegeConsidered
Kalamazoo CollegeConsidered
Kenyon CollegeConsidered
Kettering UniversityNot Considered
Knox CollegeConsidered
Lafayette CollegeConsidered
Lake Forest CollegeConsidered
Lawrence UniversityConsidered
Lehigh UniversityConsidered
Lewis & Clark CollegeConsidered
Louisiana State UniversityConsidered
Loyola Marymount UniversityConsidered
Loyola University ChicagoConsidered
Loyola University MarylandConsidered
Macalester CollegeConsidered
Marietta CollegeConsidered
Marist CollegeConsidered
Marlboro CollegeNot Considered
Marquette UniversityConsidered
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyNot Considered
McDaniel CollegeConsidered
Messiah CollegeConsidered
Miami UniversityConsidered
Michigan State UniversityNot Considered
Middlebury CollegeConsidered
Millsaps CollegeNot Considered
Milwaukee School of EngineeringConsidered
Mississippi State UniversityNot Considered
Morehouse CollegeConsidered
Mount Holyoke CollegeConsidered
Muhlenberg CollegeConsidered
New College of FloridaConsidered
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyConsidered
New York UniversityConsidered
North Carolina State UniversityConsidered
Northeastern UniversityNot Considered
Northwestern UniversityConsidered
Oberlin CollegeConsidered
Occidental CollegeConsidered
Oglethorpe UniversityConsidered
Ohio State UniversityNot Considered
Ohio UniversityConsidered
Oregon State UniversityNot Considered
Penn State UniversityConsidered
Pepperdine UniversityConsidered
Pitzer CollegeConsidered
Pomona CollegeConsidered
Princeton UniversityConsidered
Providence CollegeConsidered
Purdue UniversityConsidered
Quinnipiac UniversityConsidered
Ramapo College of New JerseyConsidered
Reed CollegeConsidered
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteConsidered
Rhodes CollegeImportant
Rice UniversityConsidered
Ripon CollegeConsidered
Roanoke CollegeConsidered
Rochester Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Rockhurst UniversityConsidered
Rollins CollegeConsidered
Rutgers UniversityNot Considered
Saint John's University (MN)Important
Saint Joseph's UniversityConsidered
Saint Louis UniversityConsidered
Saint Mary's College, Notre DameConsidered
Saint Michael's CollegeConsidered
Samford UniversityConsidered
San Diego State UniversityNot Considered
San Francisco State UniversityNot Considered
Santa Clara UniversityImportant
Sarah Lawrence CollegeConsidered
Scripps CollegeConsidered
Seattle UniversityConsidered
Seton Hall UniversityNot Considered
Sewanee: University of the SouthConsidered
Siena CollegeConsidered
Simmons CollegeConsidered
Skidmore CollegeConsidered
Smith CollegeConsidered
Southern Methodist UniversityConsidered
Southwestern UniversityImportant
Spelman CollegeConsidered
St. Edward's UniversityConsidered
St. John's College, AnnapolisConsidered
St. John's College, Santa FeConsidered
St. Lawrence UniversityConsidered
St. Mary's College of MarylandConsidered
St. Olaf CollegeConsidered
Stanford UniversityConsidered
Stevens Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Stonehill CollegeConsidered
SUNY, Binghamton UniversityConsidered
SUNY, Stony Brook UniversityConsidered
SUNY, University at BuffaloNot Considered
SUNY, College of Environmental Science and ForestryConsidered
SUNY, GeneseoConsidered
SUNY, Maritime CollegeConsidered
SUNY, New PaltzNot Considered
SUNY, OneontaNot Considered
SUNY, OswegoConsidered
SUNY, Purchase CollegeNot Considered
SUNY, University at AlbanyConsidered
Susquehanna UniversityImportant
Swarthmore CollegeConsidered
Syracuse UniversityConsidered
Temple UniversityConsidered
Texas A&M UniversityNot Considered
Texas Christian UniversityImportant
Texas Tech UniversityNot Considered
The College of New JerseyConsidered
The College of WoosterConsidered
Thomas Aquinas CollegeNot Considered
Towson UniversityNot Considered
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 AcademyConsidered
United States Military AcademyNot Considered
United States Naval AcademyConsidered
University of AlabamaConsidered
University of ArizonaNot Considered
University of California, BerkeleyNot Considered
University of California, DavisNot Considered
University of California, IrvineNot Considered
University of California, Los AngelesNot 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 BoulderConsidered
University of Connecticut, StorrsConsidered
University of DallasConsidered
University of DaytonImportant
University of DelawareConsidered
University of DenverConsidered
University of EvansvilleImportant
University of FloridaConsidered
University of GeorgiaNot Considered
University of Hawaii at ManoaNot Considered
University of HoustonNot Considered
University of Illinois, Urbana ChampaignNot Considered
University of IowaNot Considered
University of KansasNot Considered
University of KentuckyConsidered
University of LouisvilleNot Considered
University of MaineNot Considered
University of Mary WashingtonConsidered
University of MarylandConsidered
University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyNot Considered
University of Massachusetts AmherstConsidered
University of MiamiConsidered
University of MichiganConsidered
University of MinnesotaConsidered
University of MississippiNot Considered
University of Missouri, ColumbiaNot Considered
University of Missouri, Kansas CityNot Considered
University of MontanaNot Considered
University of Nebraska-LincolnNot Considered
University of New HampshireConsidered
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 at WilmingtonConsidered
University of North TexasNot Considered
University of Notre DameImportant
University of OklahomaConsidered
University of OregonNot Considered
University of PennsylvaniaConsidered
University of PittsburghConsidered
University of PortlandConsidered
University of Puget SoundImportant
University of RedlandsConsidered
University of Rhode IslandConsidered
University of RichmondConsidered
University of RochesterConsidered
University of San DiegoImportant
University of San FranciscoConsidered
University of ScrantonConsidered
University of South CarolinaNot Considered
University of South FloridaNot Considered
University of Southern CaliforniaConsidered
University of St. Thomas (MN)Considered
University of TennesseeImportant
University of Texas at AustinNot Considered
University of Texas at DallasNot Considered
University of TulsaConsidered
University of UtahConsidered
University of VermontConsidered
University of VirginiaConsidered
University of WashingtonNot Considered
University of WisconsinConsidered
Ursinus CollegeConsidered
Vanderbilt UniversityConsidered
Vassar CollegeConsidered
Villanova UniversityConsidered
Virginia TechConsidered
Wabash CollegeConsidered
Wake Forest UniversityConsidered
Warren Wilson CollegeNot Considered
Washington & Jefferson CollegeConsidered
Washington and Lee UniversityConsidered
Washington State UniversityNot Considered
Washington UniversityConsidered
Wellesley CollegeConsidered
Wentworth Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Wesleyan UniversityConsidered
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaNot Considered
Westmont CollegeConsidered
Wheaton College (IL)Considered
Wheaton College (MA)Important
Whitman CollegeConsidered
Whittier CollegeConsidered
Williams CollegeImportant
Wittenberg UniversityConsidered
Wofford CollegeConsidered
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteConsidered
Xavier UniversityConsidered
Yale UniversityConsidered
Yeshiva UniversityNot Considered

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