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Legacies Have Leg Up in College Admissions

Ever wonder about legacy preferences in college admissions? Richard D. Kahlenberg’s book “Affirmative Action for the Rich: Legacy Preferences in College Admissions” examines legacy admission practices at a number of institutions including Brown, Princeton, Harvard, Penn and Dartmouth.

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Admissions Secret: Character Counts

Most college admissions officers have a preference for “givers” — applicants who contribute to the world around them. There are two key reasons. “Givers” generally are considered more likely to positively contribute to the experience of other students on campus, both in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities. Also, many admissions people consider themselves to be “givers” and are more comfortable with people with similar values.Both candidates were “qualified”. Now, check out the application essays.

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