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.
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 speculated that a new low-income student outreach program and news of a $125 million financial aid donation may have contributed to the 8.8 percent increase in applications.
Part II of The Crimson's annual freshman survey dives into the high school backgrounds, financial status, and college decision-making process of the Class of 2018.
With more students applying and being accepted early, admissions counselors and experts say that the admissions process has been pushed earlier and earlier in recent years.
At 5 p.m., the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid will send emails to 1,031 regular applicants receiving offers.
Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania all saw a rise in their early application pools; Harvard was the only Ivy League school to face a decrease in the number of its early decision applications, by 3 percent.