It’s Your Mom’s College, But So What
It may be that you mom or dad wants you to go to the school where they went or it may be that you want to follow in their footsteps. Don’t be fooled into thinking that their alumni status paves the way for you to get accepted right away. Many prospective students see this as their way into the college they’re applying to.
Legacy Admission Policies
Each college or university has its own legacy admission policy, which is when a family member (usually a parent) has attended the college before you. This policy also dictates how much the legacy status weighs compared to other factors such as GPA and test scores. Many of you may be surprised to find out that the legacy status does not weigh as heavy as you think and at times it doesn’t weigh at all.
For example, Dartmouth states in so many words that even if your parent attended the university that you still have to meet its admission requirements.
This is why it’s important not to rely on the fact that your mom, dad or grandpa went to school to where you’re applying as your ticket to acceptance. You can find out how the college or university uses legacy status in the admission process (if at all) by contacting the admission office of the school where you’re applying.