How should legacy students inform a school of his/her family's association?

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How should legacy students inform a school of his/her family's association?

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

How should legacy students inform a school of his/her family's association?

When filling out the application, many schools ask that specific question. For those that don't, include it in an essay or if you can add any additional info on the app, put it there. Be sure to mention it on your interview - you better have one!

Sarah Contomichalos
Manager Educational Advisory Services, LLC

How should legacy students inform a school of his/her family's association?

The common application asks where the applicant's parents attended college and graduate school. Also many college supplements include the question. If it is not there, the student can email the information to admissions.

Benjamin Caldarelli
Partner Princeton College Consulting, LLC

How should legacy students inform a school of his/her family's association?

The application will ask where parents went to college. Additionally, you want to show your connection to the school in an essay or interview. You should be able to articulate how the school has been a part of your life or imagination and why you want to follow your parents footsteps.

Jessica Brondo
Founder and CEO The Edge in College Prep

How should legacy students inform a school of his/her family's association?

Most college applications will ask you where your parents went to college, so that is an easy way to let a school know if you are one generation legacy. For some students, the legacy extends beyond just parents though, or perhaps skips a generation, so that the Common App or a simple form won't register an applicant's ties to the school. If this is the case and your legacy is something important to you or you intend to use it as a tool to help with your admission, an extra letter to the admissions office explaining your family ties to the school, and thus why it is important to you, is a good next step.