The University of Notre Dame leads top U.S. schools in admitting the most children of alumni – 22% by latest count.
Schools slice the data differently. Most call students with alumni family members "legacies.'' Yale University refers to "legacy affiliation.'' It said 11% of its Class of 2022 falls into that category. Fourteen percent of Princeton University's student body are children of alums. The University of Southern California calls them "scions'' – applicants with a parent, grandparent or sibling who graduated from USC. They represent 16% of the USC student body.