The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday (5-13) that the University of California allows children of alumni to apply as residents of California, giving them an admissions advantage. California residents can typically be admitted to the UC system with lower grades and test scores than applicants from other states. The “legacy” admissions policy considers children of alumni “bona fide residents.”
The findings contradict UC’s persistent claim that it does not offer preferences to “legacies,” especially since the Board of Regents’ July 20 decision to outlaw affirmative action programs for women and people of color. UC officials plan to issue a report on the topic of preference toward well-connected children of VIPs later this week.