Legacy admissions practices have been falling out of favor in recent years. The 2023 Supreme Court Affirmative Action Decision, however, has hastened this trend. Less than a month following the Supreme Court ruling, several colleges and universities have already announced their plans to discontinue legacy admissions. These colleges include:
- Wesleyan University
- Virginia Tech
- University of Minnesota
- University of Maryland
- Occidental College
Prior to the Affirmative Action Supreme Court ruling, MIT, John Hopkins University, the University of Pittsburgh, Amherst College, and Carnegie Mellon University all voluntarily discontinued legacy admissions. Colorado also became the first state to ban legacy admissions practices in 2021. Other states are currently poised to follow, including the state of California.
In a recent interview, Wesleyan’s president, Michael Roth, said that although legacy status had played a “negligible role” in Wesleyan’s admission practices, continuing legacy admissions after the Supreme Court Affirmative Action ruling would be “hypocritical.” Furthermore, Roth believes that legacy admissions has become “a sign of unfairness to the outside world,” asserting that it’s time to discontinue these practices.