The University of Chicago Magazine June 1996
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Fee waived for children of alumni

Of the 960 students expected to matriculate at the University of Chicago this October as members of the College class of 2000, just over 5 percent are the children of Chicago alumni. For the class of 2001, the University hopes that percentage will rise.

In June, Dean of the College John W. Boyer, AM'69, PhD'75, announced that, starting this fall, the College will waive its application fee for potential "legacies"-applicants who have at least one parent who holds a U of C degree from the College, the graduate divisions, or the professional schools.

Boyer calls the decision to waive the fee "both a practical and symbolic action. It's practical, because it saves Chicago alumni-parents $55, and it's symbolic, because it says to the children of our alumni that we value them and that we want to invite them to consider membership in a truly remarkable community of learning and friendship that crosses the generations."

A major study of College alumni, conducted over the past year by Andrew Abbott, AM'75, PhD'82, professor in sociology and master of the Social Sciences Collegiate Division, shows that, in Boyer's words, "The great majority of our College alumni feel that the College provided them with a powerfully transformative education, which has enriched and even defined their subsequent lives." Given the quality of the College's educational offerings, Boyer says, "I want to make sure that the children of Chicago alumni give the College very careful consideration as they begin to identify their final college choices."

To receive a College prospectus and application information, write the Office of College Admissions, 1116 E. 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637; or phone 312/702-8650. The World Wide Web address is

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