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Legacies a fifth of the Class of 2013

Stanford ranks as one of the most selective four-year universities in the United States and as such, its rigorous admissions process often undergoes heavy scrutiny. As the admission rate decreases year after year, the qualifications distinguishing those students who are admitted from those who are rejected are blurred, and every aspect of the application becomes more important. What role does “legacy” status play in this application?