Admissions

Ralph Nader
Politics

In Crowded Overseers Race, Ralph Nader Stands Out

A five-time U.S. presidential candidate and longtime public figure, Nader—a Harvard Law School graduate who built his career on consumer protection activism and environmentalism—seemed an odd fit for a University governing board, much less as a member of Unz’s “Free Harvard, Fair Harvard” ticket.

Prospective Freshmen of Visitas 2016
College

Prospective Freshmen of Visitas 2016

Taking Care Of Business
Harvard in the City

Square Businesses Gear Up for Visitas

​As students prepare to welcome the Class of 2020 on campus for Visitas, Harvard’s weekend for its admitted students, local businesses are likewise gearing up for their arrival.

“Free Harvard, Fair Harvard” Debate
Central Administration

Unz Defends 'Free Harvard, Fair Harvard' in Debate

Much like his campaign for Board of Overseers, Ron Unz’s debate debut was unconventional and almost did not happen.

College

For Fourth Year in a Row, Stanford Beats Harvard's Admissions Rate

​In the current race to the bottom that is the acceptance rates of elite colleges, Stanford has taken top prize—admitting a lower percentage of applicants than Harvard for the fourth year in a row.

Editorials

Beyond the Rankings

Ultimately, numbers will remain crude measurements of the college experience.

Race

Activists Caution Admitted Law Students at Visiting Weekend

​Prospective students who converged on the Law School’s campus last weekend found themselves in the midst of protests and a new financial justice campaign by activists.

Dean Khurana Holds Town Hall
College

Racially-Charged Messages Spark Controversy in Admitted Students Group Chat

Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 denounced offensive messages last Friday that some admitted students had posted in an unofficial group chat for the Class of 2020.

Admissions Numbers by Race
Admissions

Admissions Numbers by Race

College

Acceptance Letters Greeted With Screaming and Disbelief

When Michael J. Won read “Congratulations,” in big bold letters, he started shouting. When he told his mother, she started to cry.

Admissions Numbers Graph
Admissions

Admissions Numbers Graph

Admissions Numbers Donuts
Admissions

Admissions Numbers Donuts

Admissions Numbers of Peer Institutions
Admissions

Admissions Numbers of Peer Institutions

Admissions Numbers Graph
College

Harvard Accepts Record-Low 5.2 Percent of Applicants for Class of 2020

Harvard admitted a record-low 5.2 percent of applicants to the College’s Class of 2020, accepting 2,037 total students from a pool of more than 39,000 applicants and continuing a general decline in its admissions rate.

Harvard College Total Cost of Enrollment
Student Life

College Forms ‘Start-Up’ Freshman Grants, Increases Tuition

​Starting next fall, incoming freshmen from some low-income families will be eligible for a $2,000 “start-up” grant in addition to their existing financial aid. This announcement from college administrators Tuesday came with another one: tuition will increase 3.9 percent for the 2016-2017 academic year.