There’s a good feature in “The Harvard Crimson” by Jalin P. Cunningham and Luca F. Schroeder entitled “Class of 2019 by the numbers” that we figured we’d share with our readers. The piece includes some interesting data pulled from surveyed members of the incoming Harvard class. Let’s comb though some of these numbers…”The average best overall SAT score among surveyed recruited athletes was 2077, compared to 2244 among respondents who were not recruited to play a varsity sport at Harvard.” Yes indeed, recruited athletes quite often have lower SAT scores, though we encourage student-athletes (and all applicants to Ivy League schools for that matter) to have an understanding of the Ivy League’s Academic Index, an index that applies to both athletes and non-athletes.
Here’s an interesting one: “Women were more likely (15 percent of respondents) to be editors-in-chief of their high school newspaper than men (9 percent). Men, on the other hand, were more likely (21 percent) to be high school student body presidents than women (13 percent), although women were more likely to report that they believe in the power of student government to effect change (73 percent and 63 percent, for women and men, respectively).” And how about this one?: “Thirty-six percent of students who hail from households with a combined income of less than $125,000 a year were interested in joining a final club, fraternity, or sorority, compared to 47 percent of students from households with a combined annual income of $125,000 or more.” Makes sense. There are dues for these organizations and it doesn’t seem all that surprising that more privileged students would be more inclined to join social clubs and such.
And how about intended majors? “About 36 percent of survey respondents said they plan to concentrate in the social sciences, and 26 percent plan to concentrate in Economics or Government, two of the College’s most popular concentrations.” And how about students who go above and beyond BC Calculus? “Men were more likely (22 percent) to have previously taken courses in mathematics above the level of BC Calculus than women (17 percent).” Very interesting indeed.
This is just a sampling of some of the data stemming from the surveying of incoming Harvard students. Take a look at the full piece to get a more complete picture of Harvard’s newest class. And, while you’re here, check out the Class of 2019 Ivy League Admissions Statistics.