Colorado leads the way in closing the door on legacy admission at public universities

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from The Washington Post,

Today, Mines is highly ranked in engineering, science, energy and environmental studies, and math, and it’s the toughest state university in Colorado to get into, with fewer than half of its applicants accepted.

And these prospective applicants will be the first to miss out on a onetime advantage: the special preference in admission previously given to the children of alumni.

With little national attention, Colorado in the spring became the first state to ban the controversial privilege of legacy admission at public universities, effective with the application cycle that begins on Aug. 1.

The ban is largely symbolic; several public universities in Colorado had already dropped the practice or never used it. Only 14 percent of public universities nationwide give preference to the children of graduates, compared with 43 percent of private, nonprofit colleges and 73 percent of the most selective institutions, according to the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

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