Colleges should end legacy admissions. If legacy preference serves as a tiebreaker among candidates who are both equally and well qualified for admission, then using legacy status as the tiebreaker is the wrong thing to do.
Michale Dannenberg of Education Reform Now says, “No two applicants are the same, and the ‘tie’ rarely exists...And regardless, if there were a tie, you’d want to break it in favor of the person who’s overcome more and had fewer advantages along the way.”
Legacy admissions break the tie in favor of the student who has already had every benefit afford to them.
Instead, it should instead be going to the student who has had fewer advantages to be considered an equally qualified candidate.