thousand's offer of admission was 70 percent, two points higher than lot the 4 Loss of 1986.
About 75 students have been accepted off the wait list so far, computed to last year's 89 bitten students ate still left hanging on a special summer wait list. For those who do not end up joining their peers in the Class of '87, the College has guaranteed a slot in the Class of '88. This is the first year such a promise has been made.
More than 70 transfer students were accepted late this spring almost twice as many as last year. Dean of Financial Aid and Admissions L. Fred Jewett 57 said that more transfer students were accepted because the college discontinued its year-old policy of accepting certain freshmen under the condition that they commute. Although transfer students are not guaranteed housing wait list after arriving in September.
The number of meanings enrolling in steamed significantly, after the admissions offer implemented a new recruiting program this year. Minorities make up 22.5 percent of these admitted, compared with 19.7 percent last year.
Despite the jump officials are concerned specially about Black enrollment which has an recent years fallen flat. Even though Harvard admitted 15 more. Blacks this year, 186, only three more, 100, will be enrolling. For the second year in a row, the yield for Black students dropped with only 53 percent accepting, down 2.6-percent from last year, dropped with only 53 percent accepting down 2.6 percent from last year.
The poor Black yield was disappointing Jennifer Carey '78, financial aid officer. who oversees the minority recruiting program said last week. She explained that the admissions office is currently reevaluating its recruiting program to see how more Blacks can be attracted to Harvard.
Carey added that students and admissions officials will try to go to more inner city schools next year, as well as encourage
Fitsmmink said that attracting made Black students will be the probity for all admissions officers next year. The admissions office is currently awaiting the results of an in-depth survey sent not to all students who turned down the college offer of admission.
The survey should let the admissions, office know what the most prevalent factors about the College prevented students, especially minorities, from enrolling.
But except for the low Black yield, the percentage of other minorities deciding to enroll has improved significantly. The class has: 38 Chicanos, 76 percent of those admitted: 161 Asian Americans, 78.5 percent of those admitted, 27 Puerto Ricans, 82 percent, 13 other Hispanics, 76 percent, and five Native Americans, 62.5 percent.
Fitzsimmons pointed out the extremely high yield among Puerto Ricans saying that he flew down to Puerto Rico the week after the acceptance letters went out, to meet with accepted students, and to help alumni prepare for the next few years.
The high yield of Hispanics and Chicanos accompanies a boost in the number of admissions from the West, South, and Southwest. Fitzsimmons said Admissions officers increased their coverage of those areas last year, to attract qualified minority students.
Sixty five percent of the freshmen come from public schools, while 35 percent attended private institutions. The public school percentage dropped 3 percent free last year's 68 percent.
Aid Not an Issue
Financial and did not become a major issue this year as no further budget cuts were passed by Congress. The size of the average financial and package, including grants and loans increased 107 percent this year to $6200.
Harvard does not award special merit scholarships or give more money to minorities, but Jewett said that the University did not lose that many students to colleges which do. Most of the Blacks turning down Harvard, in fact, decided to go to other Ivy League schools, with 18 going to Yale, and 17 to Princeton.
Forty-year process of all struggle choice's applying were admitted, Fitzsimmons said, asking that he did not yet know the number of alumni admits decreased 11.5 percent this year, with only 355 being admitted compared to last year's 401.
One hundred and thirteen students from 42 different countries will be enrolling, down two from last year. The long list of countries includes Vietnam (three), People's Republic of China (one), and the Soviet Union (three). One-third of the foreign students come from Canada, while another third are permanent residents of the United States.
Admissions officials said they were not worried about the decline is the overall number of applications, saying that with the high cost of college, marginal candidates were most likely not sending in their applications. "We're noticed absolutely no change in the quality of study." Fitzsimmons said.
This past spring, the admissions office held a weekend orientation for students accepted early as well as a week-long series of events for the admitted in April. Both programs were designed to help the University maximize the yield of all students, and will continue next year. Fitzsimmons said.