Post # 1
I don’t have any kids yet, but I was curious to know if people thought donating to a college increases the chance your child will later be admitted. I recently heard of someone doing this to many Ivy League schools, even though she had not attended any of them. Her kids are at least 10 years away from applying to colleges.
What do you think?
Post # 3
Maybe if it was a large amount of money that you get at least a room named after you. Depends on how much you’re thinking of donating. I mean, if you have a building with your family name on it, I don’t see how they can turn you away.
Post # 4
@SoupyCat: Agreed. If you donate a TON of money (enough so that the school names something in your honor), it probably helps. But just average donations here and there like a bunch of other people?? I don’t think that makes any difference at all.
Post # 5
@Mrs.KMM: That’s what I was thinking too.
I was just shocked that anyone would be doing what this girl is doing.
Post # 6
I would take those donations and invest in my children’s education.. to give them to the best opportunity to do well and to impress the admissions committees.
Post # 7
You would have to donate a substantial amount of money for them to even blink. Especially Ivy Leagues.
Post # 8
It would have to be a very large amount of money. Like get-your-name-on-something level.
Post # 9
Other – I agree with those above, that it has to be a ton of money.
Post # 10
I know for a fact that at my alma mater if there are regular donations made by a person (doesn’t have to be a huge amount but obviously not $5 at a time) that their children will get special consideration in admissions.
I would say if you’re donating to schools you have no connection to, though, it would have to be a ton of money.
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
HAHA– if that’s all it took to get into an Ivy League school 2/3 of the country would have gone there! As it’s been said– this only works if you have enough money to donate a biology lab or a 500 seat theatre for the performing arts– beyond that, your donations will go in with the other thousands of annual donations and no one will think twice about the name on the check.
Post # 12
Well, obviously if a kid has a 2.5 GPA they won’t get into Princeton unless you donate lots of money. But, I’ll say that I applied to Harvard, and in my interview the guy asked me a lot of questions about my parents and their finances (oh do you have a boat? Do your parents donate to charity? Etc etc) and I didn’t know how to handle it, so I think in a case where you’re a great student but your family isn’t the Kennedy’s, it *might* have an influence if your parents were regular donors.
Post # 13
I think this only makes a significant difference when we’re talking about donations the size where they name a building after you. She would be much better off spending that money on her kids’ current educations.