Admissions statistics are out for the Harvard Class of 2022 and what a year it was for the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based university. In all, 42,749 students submitted applications to Harvard in the hope of becoming members of the Harvard Class of 2022. Of these students, 1,962 earned admission. By our math, this means that 4.59% of students who applied to Harvard this year ended up getting in. This marks a record-low acceptance rate for the storied university and it’s the first time the rate has fallen below 5% — which it did in style (the rate stood at 5.2% just last year). But if you thought the overall admit rate to Harvard’s Class of 2022 was low, are you curious to know the Regular Decision admit rate — a figure that excludes the Early Action round? That number would be 2.43%. That’s right. Only 998 of the 36,119 students (in addition to the 4,882 deferred Early Action applicants) who applied in the Regular Decision round ended up getting into Harvard. Slim pickings indeed!
Breakdown of the Harvard Class of 2022
As reports Delano R. Franklin and Samuel W. Zwickel for “The Harvard Crimson” in a piece entitled “Record-Low 4.59 Percent of Applicants Accepted to Harvard Class of 2022,” “For the first time in 10 years, a majority of accepted students are women. Women make up 50.1 percent of the admitted class, compared to last year’s 49.2 percent. The percentage of minority admits rose across racial groups relative to last year’s levels. A record 15.5 percent of admitted students are African American, up from last year’s 14.6 percent. Latino admits increased to 12.2 percent from last year’s 11.6 percent. Native American admits grew marginally this year to 2 percent, up from last year’s 1.9 percent. Asian American admits went up to a record 22.7 percent, compared to last year’s 22.2 percent.”
17.3% of admits will be the first in their families to attend college, a figure that stood at 15.1% for Harvard’s Class of 2021. 20.3% of admits could qualify for Pell Grants. Admits hail from all fifty states in our union as well as from 90 nations around the globe. International students account for 12% of all admits, a figure that climbed from 11.4% last year. As we’ve expressed all year, international students will continue to apply to the most highly selective colleges — including Harvard — irrespective of political maneuverings in Washington under the Trump administration. That may not be so at the less selective schools but our nation’s top schools continue to attract the best and brightest from around the world.
Harvard anticipates that around 1,665 students will choose to matriculate, which would be indicative of an 85% yield. Congratulations to all students who earned admission to the Harvard University Class of 2022!
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