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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 UniversityConsideredAU
Amherst CollegeConsidered
Appalachian State UniversityConsideredApp State
Arizona State UniversityNot ConsideredASU
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 CollegeConsideredBC
Boston UniversityConsideredBU
Bowdoin CollegeConsidered
Bowling Green State UniversityConsidered
Bradley UniversityConsidered
Brandeis UniversityConsidered
Brigham Young University-ProvoNot ConsideredBYU
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 ConsideredCaltech
California State University, FresnoNot Considered
California State University, FullertonNot Considered
California State University, Long BeachNot Considered
Canisius CollegeConsidered
Carleton CollegeConsidered
Carnegie Mellon UniversityConsideredCMU
Case Western Reserve UniversityConsidered
Catholic University of AmericaConsidered
Central Michigan UniversityConsideredCMU
Centre CollegeConsidered
Chapman UniversityNot Considered
Christopher Newport UniversityConsidered
Citadel Military College of South CarolinaConsidered
Claremont McKenna CollegeConsideredCMC
Clark UniversityConsidered
Clarkson UniversityConsidered
Clemson UniversityConsidered
Coastal Carolina UniversityConsidered
Colby CollegeConsidered
Colgate UniversityConsidered
College of CharlestonConsideredCofC
College of Saint BenedictConsidered
College of the Holy CrossConsidered
College of William and MaryConsidered
Colorado CollegeConsideredCC
Colorado School of MinesConsidered
Colorado State UniversityConsideredCSU
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 UniversityConsideredECU
Eastern Connecticut State UniversityConsidered
Eastern Kentucky UniversityNot Considered
Eckerd CollegeConsidered
Elizabethtown CollegeConsidered
Elon UniversityConsidered
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityConsideredERAU
Emerson CollegeConsidered
Emory UniversityConsidered
Endicott CollegeConsidered
Fairfield UniversityConsidered
Fitchburg State UniversityConsidered
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical UniversityConsidered
Florida Atlantic UniversityNot ConsideredFAU
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityNot ConsideredFGCU
Florida Institute of TechnologyConsideredFIT
Florida International UniversityNot ConsideredFIU
Florida Southern CollegeConsidered
Florida State UniversityNot ConsideredFSU
Fordham UniversityConsidered
Franklin and Marshall CollegeConsideredF&M
Franklin W. Olin College of EngineeringConsidered
Furman UniversityConsidered
George Mason UniversityNot ConsideredGMU
George Washington UniversityConsideredGWU; GW
Georgetown CollegeNot Considered
Georgetown UniversityConsidered
Georgia CollegeConsidered
Georgia Institute of TechnologyConsideredGeorgia Tech
Georgia Southern UniversityNot ConsideredGSU
Georgia State UniversityNot ConsideredGSU
Gettysburg CollegeConsidered
Gonzaga UniversityConsidered
Goucher CollegeConsidered
Grinnell CollegeConsidered
Grove City CollegeConsidered
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeConsidered
Hamilton CollegeConsidered
Hampshire CollegeConsidered
Hanover CollegeConsidered
Harvard UniversityConsidered
Harvey Mudd CollegeConsideredHMC
Haverford CollegeConsidered
Hendrix CollegeConsidered
High Point UniversityConsidered
Hillsdale CollegeConsidered
Hobart William Smith CollegesConsideredHWS
Hofstra UniversityConsidered
Hope CollegeConsidered
Howard UniversityConsidered
Illinois Institute of TechnologyConsideredIIT
Illinois State UniversityNot Considered
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityConsidered
Indiana University BloomingtonConsideredIU; IUB
Indiana University-Purdue University-IndianapolisNot ConsideredIUPUI
Iowa State UniversityNot ConsideredISU
Ithaca CollegeConsidered
James Madison UniversityConsideredJMU
John Carroll UniversityConsidered
Johns Hopkins UniversityNot ConsideredJHU
Juniata CollegeConsidered
Kalamazoo CollegeConsidered
Kansas State UniversityNot ConsideredKSU; K-STATE
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 UniversityConsideredLSU
Loyola Marymount UniversityConsideredLMU
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 ConsideredMIT
Massachusetts Maritime AcademyConsideredMMA
McDaniel CollegeConsidered
Mercer UniversityNot Considered
Mercyhurst UniversityConsidered
Merrimack CollegeConsidered
Messiah CollegeConsidered
Miami UniversityConsideredMU
Michigan State UniversityConsideredMSU
Michigan Technological UniversityNot Considered
Middlebury CollegeConsidered
Millersville University of PennsylvaniaNot Considered
Millsaps CollegeNot Considered
Milwaukee School of EngineeringNot Considered
Mississippi State UniversityNot ConsideredMSU
Missouri University of Science and TechnologyNot Considered
Monmouth UniversityConsidered
Montana State UniversityNot Considered
Montclair State UniversityNot Considered
Moravian CollegeConsidered
Morehouse CollegeConsidered
Mount Holyoke CollegeConsideredMHC
Muhlenberg CollegeConsidered
Murray State UniversityNot Considered
New College of FloridaConsidered
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyConsideredNJIT
New Mexico Institute of Mining and TechnologyNot ConsideredNMIT
New Mexico State University-Main CampusNot Considered
New York Institute of TechnologyConsidered
New York UniversityConsideredNYU
Niagara UniversityConsidered
North Carolina State UniversityConsideredNCSU; NC STATE
North Dakota State University-Main CampusNot Considered
Northeastern UniversityNot Considered
Northern Arizona UniversityNot ConsideredNAU
Northern Michigan UniversityNot Considered
Northwestern UniversityConsidered
Norwich UniversityConsidered
Oakland UniversityNot Considered
Oberlin CollegeConsidered
Occidental CollegeConsideredOXY
Ohio State UniversityNot ConsideredOSU
Ohio UniversityConsideredOU
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityConsideredOWU
Oklahoma State UniversityNot ConsideredOSU
Old Dominion UniversityConsidered
Oregon Institute of TechnologyNot Considered
Oregon State UniversityNot ConsideredOSU
Pennsylvania State University - University ParkConsideredPSU; PENN STATE
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 InstituteConsideredRPI
Rhode Island School of DesignConsideredRISD
Rhodes CollegeConsidered
Rice UniversityConsidered
Ripon CollegeNot Considered
Roanoke CollegeConsidered
Rochester Institute of TechnologyConsideredRIT
Roger Williams UniversityConsidered
Rollins CollegeConsidered
Rose-Hulman Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Rowan UniversityNot Considered
Rutgers University-CamdenNot Considered
Rutgers University-New BrunswickNot ConsideredRU
Rutgers University-NewarkNot Considered
Sacred Heart UniversityNot Considered
Saint Anselm CollegeConsidered
Saint Johns UniversityConsideredSJU
Saint Joseph's UniversityConsideredSJU
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 ConsideredSDSU
San Francisco State UniversityNot ConsideredSFSU
San Jose State UniversityNot ConsideredSJSU
Santa Clara UniversityConsideredSCU
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 UniversityConsideredSMU
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 TechnologyConsideredStevens Tech
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 UniversityConsideredSU
Swarthmore CollegeConsidered
Syracuse UniversityConsideredSU
Temple UniversityConsidered
Tennessee Technological UniversityNot Considered
Texas A & M University-College StationNot Considered
Texas Christian UniversityConsidered
Texas State UniversityNot ConsideredTCU
The College of New JerseyConsidered
The College of WoosterNot ConsideredTCNJ
The University of MontanaNot Considered
The University of Tennessee-ChattanoogaNot ConsideredUTC
The University of Tennessee-KnoxvilleConsideredUTK
The University of Texas at ArlingtonNot ConsideredUT Arlington
The University of Texas at AustinNot ConsideredUT Austin
The University of Texas at DallasNot ConsideredUT Dallas
The University of the SouthConsideredSewanee
Towson UniversityNot Considered
Transylvania UniversityConsidered
Trinity CollegeConsidered
Trinity UniversityConsidered
Truman State UniversityConsidered
Tufts UniversityConsidered
Tulane UniversityConsidered
Union CollegeConsidered
United States Air Force AcademyConsideredUSAA
United States Coast Guard AcademyConsideredUSCGA
United States Merchant Marine AcademyNot Considered
United States Military AcademyNot ConsideredUSMA
United States Naval AcademyConsideredUSNA
University at BuffaloNot Considered
University of Akron Main CampusConsidered
University of AlabamaConsidered
University of Alabama at BirminghamNot Considered
University of ArizonaNot ConsideredUA
University of ArkansasConsidered
University of California, BerkeleyNot ConsideredUC Berkeley
University of California, DavisNot ConsideredUC Davis
University of California, IrvineNot ConsideredUC Irvine
University of California, Los AngelesNot ConsideredUCLA
University of California, MercedNot ConsideredUC Merced
University of California, RiversideNot ConsideredUCR; UC Riverside
University of California, San DiegoNot ConsideredUCSD; UC San Diego
University of California, Santa BarbaraNot ConsideredUCSSB; UC Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa CruzNot ConsideredUCSC; UC Santa Cruz
University of Central FloridaConsideredUCF
University of ChicagoConsideredUchicago
University of CincinnatiNot ConsideredUC
University of Colorado BoulderNot ConsideredCU Boulder
University of ConnecticutConsideredUCONN
University of DallasConsidered
University of DaytonConsidered
University of DelawareConsidered
University of DenverConsidered
University of FloridaNot ConsideredUFL
University of GeorgiaNot ConsideredUGA
University of HoustonNot ConsideredUH
University of IdahoNot Considered
University of Illinois at ChicagoNot ConsideredUIC
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignNot ConsideredUIUC
University of IowaNot Considered
University of KansasConsideredKU
University of KentuckyNot ConsideredUKY
University of Louisiana at LafayetteNot Considered
University of LouisvilleNot Considered
University of MaineNot Considered
University of Mary WashingtonConsidered
University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyNot ConsideredUMC
University of Maryland, College ParkConsideredUMD
University of Massachusetts AmherstConsideredUMass Amherst
University of Massachusetts BostonNot ConsideredUMass Boston
University of Massachusetts LowellConsideredUMass Lowell
University of MemphisNot Considered
University of MiamiConsideredUM
University of MichiganConsideredUMich
University of Michigan-DearbornNot Considered
University of Minnesota-DuluthConsidered
University of Minnesota-MorrisNot ConsideredUMM
University of Minnesota-Twin CitiesConsideredUMN
University of MississippiNot ConsideredOle Miss
University of Missouri-ColumbiaNot ConsideredMizzou
University of Nebraska-LincolnNot ConsideredUNL
University of Nevada-Las VegasNot ConsideredUNLV
University of Nevada-RenoNot ConsideredUNR
University of New HampshireConsideredUNH
University of New MexicoNot ConsideredUNM
University of North Carolina at AshevilleConsideredUNC Asheville; UNCA
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillConsideredUNC Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at CharlotteNot ConsideredUNCC: UNC Charlotte
University of North Carolina at GreensboroNot ConsideredUNCG; UNC Greensboro
University of North Carolina WilmingtonConsideredUNCW; UNC Wilmington
University of North DakotaNot ConsideredUND
University of North FloridaNot ConsideredUNF
University of North GeorgiaNot ConsideredUNG
University of North TexasNot ConsideredUNT
University of Northern ColoradoNot ConsideredUNC
University of Northern IowaNot Considered
University of Notre DameConsideredUND
University of OklahomaConsideredOU
University of OregonNot ConsideredUO
University of PennsylvaniaConsideredUPenn
University of PittsburghConsidered
University of PortlandConsidered
University of Puget SoundConsidered
University of RedlandsConsidered
University of Rhode IslandConsideredURI
University of RichmondConsidered
University of RochesterConsideredURI
University of San DiegoConsideredUSD
University of San FranciscoConsideredUSF
University of ScrantonConsidered
University of South CarolinaNot ConsideredUSC
University of South DakotaNot ConsideredUSD
University of South FloridaNot ConsideredUSF
University of Southern CaliforniaConsideredUSC
University of St ThomasConsidered
University of TampaConsidered
University of the PacificNot Considered
University of ToledoNot Considered
University of TulsaConsidered
University of UtahConsidered
University of VermontConsideredUVM
University of Virginia-Main CampusConsideredUVA
University of WashingtonNot ConsideredUW
University of Washington-Bothell CampusNot ConsideredUW Bothell
University of Wisconsin-Eau ClaireNot Considered
University of Wisconsin-La CrosseConsidered
University of Wisconsin-MadisonNot ConsideredUW; UW Madison
University of WyomingNot Considered
Ursinus CollegeConsidered
Valparaiso UniversityConsidered
Vanderbilt UniversityConsideredVandy
Vassar CollegeConsidered
Villanova UniversityConsidered
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityNot ConsideredVCU
Virginia Military InstituteConsideredVMI
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityConsideredVirginia Tech
Wabash CollegeConsidered
Wagner CollegeNot Considered
Wake Forest UniversityConsideredWFU
Warren Wilson CollegeNot Considered
Washington & Jefferson CollegeConsidered
Washington and Lee UniversityConsideredWLU
Washington CollegeConsidered
Washington State UniversityNot ConsideredWSU
Washington University in St. LouisConsideredWashU
Wayne State UniversityNot Considered
Wellesley CollegeConsidered
Wentworth Institute of TechnologyConsidered
Wesleyan UniversityConsidered
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaNot Considered
West Virginia UniversityNot ConsideredWVU
Western Carolina UniversityNot ConsideredWCU
Western Michigan UniversityNot ConsideredWMU
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 InstituteConsideredWPI
Xavier UniversityConsidered
Yale UniversityConsidered
Yeshiva UniversityNot Considered
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