Students Favor 1:1 Ratio, Sex-Blind Admissions

Crimson Poll

This is the first in a series of Crimson surveys of undergraduate opinions. Additional charts and a description of how the poll was done appear on page three.

An overwhelming majority of Harvard-Radcliffe undergraduates favor sex-blind admissions carried out by a single admissions office, and more than half say they would prefer an equal number of men and women in the College regardless of the selection procedure, a Crimson survey indicates.

Over 90 per cent of those interviewed rejected the current 2.5-to-1 male-female ratio, favoring a more equal number of men and women. Less than 3 per cent advocated a higher ratio of men to women than 2.5 to 1.

Prefer Current Quad Ratio

Most of the 397 students randomly selected and interviewed by The Crimson last week also said they feel the size of the College should remain the same as sex ratios are equalized, preferring instead a reduction in the number of men at Harvard.

In addition, a large majority said it favors maintaining the current male- Admissions Policy: First Choice Equal Access  68.4% 1-to-1  18.6% 2.5-to-1  13.0%

Preferred Ratio In the College 1-to-1  58.1% 1.5-to-1 to 2-to-1  13.8% 2.5-to-1  6.8% 3-to-1 or Greater  2.9% Equal Access  18.5%

"Regardless of the admissions policy adopted, what do you think should be the male-female ratio...?"