Abolish Legacy Admissions Now
In the late 1990s, I served as dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. As Canada’s most selective law school, the competition for admission was fierce. Applicants were always in search of anything they could do to secure an advantage in the application process. In my position as dean, it was not uncommon for alumni whose children were applying to the school to approach me and inquire what kind of admissions bump those children would receive by virtue of being a legacy. The answer I gave was always the same: none whatsoever.
Originally published: October 7, 2021
Author: Ronald J. Daniels
Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Published by: The Chronicle of Higher Ed