CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- On March 8, Governor Glenn Youngkin signed a bill that ends legacy admissions at public colleges and universities in Virginia. 

Students at the University of Virginia say that this decision didn’t impact them but they wonder how it will impact their own children one day.

“Okay, like 20 years down the line, I have kids and I’m like ‘Oh I want my kid to also go to UVA,'” said fourth-year student Tarun Donipati.

According to UVA Spokesperson Bethanie Glover, 14 percent of the class of 2027 is made up of legacy students. 

Donipati says he has two stances on this decision, as a first-generation Hoo and as a future parent.

“As someone who didn’t have a background at UVA, I thought like, you know when I was first applying, 'Oh like there are legacy admissions, so I don’t know my chances of getting in,'” he said.

But he knows one day he’ll want the legacy to continue, but that just means his child has to work just as hard as he did to get in.

“If my kid was, in terms of merit base, intelligent enough and deserved to come here, he would get in and that would make me proud,” said Donipati.

Another UVA student says her application process was hard, which in her words, made it worth it.

“I had to apply three times to get in here and if you know, one of my parents had just gone here and it would’ve been easier maybe, I wouldn’t have worked as hard,” she said.

Fourth-year student Ethan Sorell says this decision was long overdue.

“It just really benefits white rich people who have consistently over time been able to go to better education institutions and so it just kind of perpetuates people who have less privilege,” said Sorell.

Another student, Vyshnavi Tatta, says she thinks this is a good thing.

“Now that you have more open space if you’re not giving these seats to legacy students by preference, there’s more people that are willing to come and apply and it’s more merit-based now,” she said.

Max Edria says he’s sure a lot of people are upset about this decision.

“I think a lot of students value what their parents did, and what their grandparents did before them. So, having a chance to continue on with what they did is an important thing for them,” he said.