After an unusually large freshman class this year, Harvard College will accept fewer students into the Class of 2022 in hopes of admitting more students off the waitlist.
The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division will investigate allegations that Harvard discriminates against Asian Americans in its admissions process, according to a department spokesperson.
The College admitted 938 early applicants to the Class of 2021 Tuesday, representing 14.5 percent of its 6,473 applicants for early admission and a five percent increase in early applicants compared to last year.
While the size of the early action pool increased slightly—about 4.3 percent larger than last year—the acceptance rate fell 1.7 percent, with 918 students receiving offers of admission.
Admissions experts and Harvard officials alike are skeptical that the new portal will actually make higher education more accessible to under-resourced students, as the group claims.
About 81 percent of students admitted to the Class of 2019 plan to matriculate, which is about even with the rates of the past two years.
The University accepted a total 1,990 students out of 37,305 applicants, and 2.8 percent of regular applicants.