Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh end use of legacy status in admissions

Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh have both announced that they will no longer consider legacy status in their admissions decisions. Legacy status refers to whether a student applicant has a family member who is an alumni of the university. The change in policy comes as colleges and universities face increasing scrutiny over their admissions practices, particularly the role of legacy preferences in perpetuating inequality. Legacy preferences have been criticized for unfairly advantaging wealthy applicants and perpetuating systemic racism. However, defenders of legacy preferences argue that they can encourage alumni loyalty and generate donations for the institution.

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