Not all legacies are admitted. Back in the 80’s I was a Harvard legacy from an upper middle-class family from an unremarkable (although I loved it) public high school that did not get accepted to Harvard. I was a well-rounded student – very good grades, ok SAT scores, star athlete, leadership roles in clubs in and out of school, and years of piano. I was accepted to and graduated from Harvard’s rival Yale. I probably got into Yale because I was an athlete, but it also took other qualities and a decent academic background to be accepted, fit in, and succeed at a highly selective college.