Can being part of a “legacy” ever have a negative effect on a student's chance of acceptance?

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Can being part of a “legacy” ever have a negative effect on a student's chance of acceptance?

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

Can being part of a “legacy” ever have a negative effect on a student's chance of acceptance?

Yes, if a relative burned down a dorm, or some such other destructive act.

Benjamin Caldarelli
Partner Princeton College Consulting, LLC

Can being part of a “legacy” ever have a negative effect on a student's chance of acceptance?

Since students are usually evaluated in context, if your parent is an alumni of prestigious school, there are higher expectations for you. If you are excelling however, being a legacy is usually an advantage over those who are not.