Originally Posted by samblau
Do any Ivy League grads feel the same in that they may one day have to account for the fact that they were a legacy, bought in or had some other advantage?
I think the legacy issue at Ivies is blown way out of proportion. I don't know of a single private college that doesn't
take account of it--it's just that the Ivies are older. At Brown, I had exactly one friend who was a legacy (both parents)--but she was also an excellent student and is currently getting her PhD in history at Stanford. It takes a lot
of money to compensate for truly mediocre credentials, and a family legacy alone doesn't generally help you get in if you're outside the statistical range to begin with. It's telling that all of my friends could have gone to multiple other Ivies and top schools for undergrad.
I think 'under-represented' minority students are more likely to feel the sting of knowing they might not have gotten in otherwise. Some become downright militant.