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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Amherst College is abandoning its policy of giving preference to applicants whose parents attended the Massachusetts liberal-arts school, placing it among the first elite private colleges to ditch legacy admissions. Selective schools like Amherst have been under intense scrutiny in recent years for putting a thumb on the scale for legacy applicants, with critics arguing the programs do little more than cement the privilege of students, and leave fewer slots for applicants from less-represented backgrounds.

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Selective schools like Amherst

There seems to be a lot of these types of schools - ones I had never heard of until I bump into graduates and they give me a short sales pitch on how their small unknown school was somehow special, or worth the price. Ex: middlebury, Vassar, etc.

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-10-20 10:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Doesn't this, in effect, reduce the value of every degree handed out by presteous elite colleges which are really just boght and paid for degrees. Realize in our world, these young people are basically guaranteed jobs which will enable them to earn far more than other graduaduates from lesser honored schools. Are they actually more qualified? I seriously doubt it. Are they better connected, of course.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2021-10-20 11:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Noles never heard of Amherst? I find that difficult to beliee.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2021-10-20 11:51 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

It should all be merit-based.

#4 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-10-20 11:54 PM | Reply

I find that difficult to believe . #3 | POSTED BY DANNI

I've met more useless people who went to expensive / prestige colleges than I care to keep track of. Amherst has similar name recognition to me as Amway.

#5 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-10-21 05:24 AM | Reply

expensive / prestige colleges

But you've never heard of them. Ok.

#6 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-10-21 07:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If colleges really want to graduate the best, removing legacy advantages are a great place to start.

Removing policies that allow parents to buy their kids way into the school would be a good next step.

#7 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-10-21 07:31 AM | Reply

Whether or not you have ever heard of Amherst it is, as Nixon says, a very good way of making that school much more accessible to most American students and I applaud them for it. Yesterday on NPR they discussed this entire topic, in their report they said that a large portion of all of their admissions were legacy admissions. If you don't know what legacy admissions are thinkg George W. Bush goint to Harvard. Like he had the grades or even the intelligence to earn a spot there?

#8 | Posted by danni at 2021-10-21 07:37 AM | Reply

But you've never heard of them. Ok.

#6 | POSTED BY REDIAL

"But you have heard of me!" - Captain Jack Sparrow

#9 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-10-21 08:10 AM | Reply

Working in engineering, I have met a few of these entitled twits.

They always have the attitude that they are doing real work just long enough to get a job in management.

The absolute worst electrical engineer I ever worked with came from a fantastic college, Carnegie-Mellon.

#10 | Posted by kudzu at 2021-10-21 08:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Funny how the people all worked up over the "unfairness of affirmative action" never complain about this.

#11 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-10-21 09:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Amherst once upon a time had the lowest acceptance rate of any college in the nation. Maybe it still does. Less than 15% of all applicants were accepted, and it charged an arm and a leg. Probably more expensive than any Ivy League school. So if there is one school small enough, exclusive enough and wealthy enough to not need to rely on legacy applications, it is Amherst. Back in the day, getting into Amherst was like joining a small, very prestigious club where it was just assumed that you came from a very wealthy family.

#12 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-10-21 01:06 PM | Reply

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