Alumni, students from top colleges request rethinking of legacy admissions

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Students and alumni from 12 top U.S. colleges including Yale University are asking schools to rethink their legacy admissions policies.

The group issued a letter on Wednesday saying the practice of giving an admissions edge to relatives of alumni is rooted in discrimination and fuels cycles of inequity in the United States.

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Some schools say legacy preference encourages alumni to donate and adds money for student scholarships.

Critics, however, say research suggests the practice gives a major advantage to legacy students with little fundraising benefits for schools.

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