Why We Ended Legacy Admissions at Johns Hopkins
Ronald Daniels, The Atlantic
When Ronald Daniels became president of Johns Hopkins University, the institution had more legacy students in its freshman class (12.5 percent) than students who were eligible for Pell Grants (9 percent). Now those numbers are reversed—3.5 percent of students in this year’s freshman class have a legacy connection to the university, and 19.1 percent are Pell-eligible.
In this commentary, Daniels explains why his school ended legacy admissions and how that decision is helping qualified and promising students from all backgrounds move up the social ladder.