Johns Hopkins Has Quietly Stopped Giving Children of Alumni Preference in Admissions

  • Legacy preference gives the children of alumni at selective schools an advantage when they are applying to a parent’s alma mater. As it turns out, Johns Hopkins has already done away with this controversial practice.
  • Ronald J. Daniels, Hopkins’ president, told the Association of American Law Schools that one of the most fundamental roles of a university in a democracy is to promote social mobility. He also shared that one of the top drivers of inequity in admissions is the legacy admissions practice.
  • Since making the change 10 years ago the incoming freshman class dropped from 12.5 percent “legacies” to only 3.5 in 2019.
  • Additionally, during the same time period, the number of students eligible for Pell Grants increased from 9 percent to 19.1 percent indicating a higher population of students with financial need.
  • Hopkins continues to ask about an applicant’s legacy status but no longer takes it into consideration for acceptance, only to gauge how much impact the changes have on the program.