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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by whitesoxfan2000, Jan 30, 2001.
does being a legacy give me an advantage in applying to med school?
Very likely not much except to get a freebie, token interview which you might otherwise not have been offered. If you would anyway have been offered an interview on the merits of your application, it might help in securing an acceptance. Truth to tell, the differences among among many applicants are relatively insignificant. Yale once did a followup study on what happened to applicants they interviewed but who didn't make the final cut. All of them found places elsewhere. Yale concluded from the study that if they had accepted the ones they rejected and rejected the ones they accepted, it would have made no difference to the outcome.
Depends on the school, but most Admissions Committees will give "special" consideration to children of alumni. This goes so far as taking an applicant they normally wouldn't just because his dad is an alumnus or his mom is on faculty.
Tim W. of N.Y.C.
Your "legacy" status means this at school "X" -- (1) increased likelylihood to get and interview and (2) giving the application another look before they put it in the reject pile to make sure that your application was put in this pile for obvious reasons (as opposed to reasons that were borderline). No guarantees; just some help that is always welcome.