Associated Press/George Bush Presidential Library George W. Bush was one of Yale’s most notable legacy graduates. In 2004 (the year his daughter Barbara graduated from Yale), Mr. Bush said colleges should do away with preferences for the children of alumni.


A recent article in The New York Times about the pressure felt by Ivy League alumni to get their children into their alma maters — and by those children to get into their parents’ colleges — demonstrated that legacy preferences are still a big part of the admissions process at top schools.

Why do legacies still carry so much clout in the admissions process? With competition intense and with the oversupply of qualified applicants, why does giving preference to the children of graduates make sense anymore?

Per leggere la discussione: Room for debate in The New York Times

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