Selective Institutions That Don’t Consider Legacy Status

by | Nov 8, 2023

Written by College Kickstart

With all of the media attention surrounding legacy admissions, we thought it would be helpful to compile a list of selective public and private institutions that don’t consider legacy status as part of the admissions process.

To come up with the list, we pulled data from the 2022-23 Common Data Set (or Fall 2022 NCES database) for each institution in our coverage universe with acceptance rates of 50 percent or less. We then cross-checked with recent announcements to identify recent changes to policies, such as with Wesleyan University and Occidental College.

Of the 138 schools currently in our coverage universe with acceptance rates of 50 percent or less, 33 percent do not consider legacy status—42 percent for publics and 25 percent for privates.


Selective Institutions That Don’t Consider Legacy Status

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Institution/ProgramStateAdmit %Source
Amherst CollegeMA7Announced 10/20/21
Auburn UniversityAL44CDS
Baylor UniversityTX46CDS
Berea CollegeKY25CDS
Bryn Mawr CollegePA31Reiterated 7/25/23
California Institute of TechnologyCA3CDS
California State Polytechnic University – San Luis ObispoCA30CDS
California State University – Long BeachCA40CDS
Carleton CollegeMN17Announced 8/31/23
Carnegie Mellon UniversityPA11CDS
City University of New York – Hunter CollegeNY48CDS
Clark UniversityNY50CDS
Cooper UnionNY22CDS
Emerson CollegeMA43CDS
Florida State UniversityFL25CDS
Georgia Institute of TechnologyGA17CDS
Johns Hopkins UniversityMD7Announced Spring 2020
Northeastern UniversityMA7CDS
Occidental CollegeCA39Announced 7/26/2023
Pomona CollegeCA7CDS
Rhode Island School of DesignRI17CDS
San Diego State UniversityCA39CDS
State University of New York – BinghamtonNY42CDS
United States Military AcademyNY12CDS
University of California – BerkeleyCA11CDS
University of California – DavisCA38CDS
University of California – IrvineCA21CDS
University of California – Los AngelesCA9CDS
University of California – San DiegoCA24CDS
University of California – Santa BarbaraCA26CDS
University of California – Santa CruzCA47CDS
University of FloridaFL23CDS
University of GeorgiaGA43CDS
University of Illinois – Urbana ChampaignIL45CDS
University of Maryland – College ParkMD44CDS
University of MiamiFL19CDS
University of North Carolina – Chapel HillNC17CDS
University of PittsburghPA49CDS
University of South FloridaFL44CDS
University of Texas – AustinTX31CDS
University of WashingtonWA48CDS
University of Wisconsin – MadisonWI49CDS
Webb InstituteNY21CDS
Wesleyan UniversityCT14Announced 7/23/2023
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