Curious about the breakdown of the admitted students who chose to matriculate as members of Harvard’s Class of 2024? Wonder no more as we’ve got this data for our readers. A few headlines? More than half of matriculants will be women. A year after Harvard claimed victory — pending appeal of course — on the charge that they discriminate against Asian American applicants, Asian American matriculants are down slightly this year. More than half of matriculants applied for financial aid. International matriculants are slightly down. First-generation college students are up rather significantly. And social science majors lead the pack.
As Benjamin L. Fu and Dohyun Kim report for The Harvard Crimson in a piece entitled “81 Percent of Class of 2024 Admits Accept Spots in the College Amid Pandemic Uncertainty,” “Women make up over half of the incoming class: 51.8 percent, compared to 48.2 percent men. Asian Americans represent 24.6 percent of the incoming class, a slight decrease from a record-high 25.6 percent for the Class of 2023. African Americans comprise 13.9 percent of the class, an increase from 13.1 last year, and the proportion of Latinx students remained level at 11.8 percent. Native Americans and Native Hawaiians make up 2 percent of the class, down slightly from 2.2 percent last year…International students make up 11.5 percent of the incoming class, a decrease from 13.1 percent of current freshmen. First-generation students are 18.7 percent of the class, jumping from 14.5 percent for the Class of 2023.”
While we’re disappointed to see a decrease in the percentage of Asian American matriculants in this year’s class, we’re happy to see the percentage of students who will be the first in their families to go to college is up significantly. We’re also happy to learn that the number of veterans and students interested in participating in ROTC is up year-over-year at Harvard: from six to 12 and from 28 to 34, respectively, accordingly to Fu and Kim’s reporting.
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