HyeMart wrote:don't be so quick to dismiss it brothers.
you want 'objective' standards for admissions. Remember the nazi racism was their science. can you think of any other government that ran it's self on supposed merits? busting you ass in hs, ug, don't necessary mean that you deserve to gain admittance over someone with a lower gpa. merit is subjective and at best a pseudo-science. you can't go around measuring people.
should legacies be given special consideration? yea why not, a university is like dog and they'll want to take care of whats familiar to them over the stranger.
even so, why not let your namesake enjoy some benefits , you most likely overpaid for it, least you can get some more return on it this way.
btw, urm are given special consideration to, so its not like it's keeping the less fortunate down and perpetuating a ruling class mentality.
I hope you're kidding. But if you are not, the Chinese government, during (I believe) the Qin and Han dynasties had an imperial exam to get appointed to government positions, and this was considered by all purposes a meritocracy. That said, we are talking about schools, not governments. The point about namesakes is that you literally can't have overpaid for them. You didn't pay for them at all. You are assessed as having more merit for something totally out of your control...