Back in December, we reported that Harvard received more Early Action applications than at any point in the school’s history. Just a couple of months later, we can now report that Harvard has received the most Regular Decision applications in the school’s history, too. So what a year it’s been in the Harvard admissions office — all while the university defends its admissions practices in federal court against allegations the school discriminates against Asian American applicants. In all, 43,330 students applied to Harvard’s Class of 2023, a figure that includes both Early Action and Regular Decision applications. As our readers may remember, Harvard broke the 40,000 application barrier last year for the first time.
Breakdown of Harvard Applicants to the Class of 2023
As reports Camille G. Caldera for “The Harvard Crimson” in a piece entitled “Record 43,330 Apply to Harvard College Class of 2023,” “Applications from certain minority racial groups grew at higher percentages than the applicant group as a whole, while other groups saw decreased application numbers. The number of Latinx applicants to the Class of 2023 increased by 3.4 percent from last year, and the number of Asian American applicants increased by 5.1 percent. The number of African American applicants dropped by 4.9 percent from last year…This year’s application cycle also saw greater diversity of family background and socioeconomic status. First-generation College applicants increased by 13.8 percent from last year…The applicant pool this year comprises slightly more men than women, at 50.2 percent — a change from the previous application season, in which women made up 50.3 percent of applicants. Regional diversity also increased, especially from the South, according to the press release.”
As we suggested several times in press articles over the course of the past several months, we anticipated the SFFA v. Harvard University case would not deter students from applying to the elite university. Why would it? Our crystal ball — a crystal ball that’s even been cited by an Ivy League newspaper — got it right again. Do stay tuned for its next reading.
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