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.
At 5 p.m., the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid will send emails to 1,031 regular applicants receiving offers.