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Revelations in Harvard Admissions Suit Unlikely to Prove Discrimination, Experts Say

John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse

Legal experts say Students for Fair Admissions' claims of intentional discrimination in Harvard's admissions process demand a “very high standard” of proof.

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Legacy Admit Rate Five Times That of Non-Legacies, Court Docs Show

Over 33 percent of legacy applicants—Harvard hopefuls with at least one parent who graduated from the College or Radcliffe—gained admission to the Classes of 2014 through 2019.

Corporate Funding Concerns Shut Down Medical School Prof’s Study

Harvard Medical School Quadrangle

Heavily redacted emails included in the report show that researchers extensively contacted alcohol executives and frequently promised positive results in an attempt to secure funding for their project.

'Z-List' Students Overwhelmingly White, Often Legacies

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Admits to Harvard’s “Z-list,” a deferred admissions pool for a small number of students each year, are overwhelmingly white—and nearly half have parents who attended Harvard, according to documents made public in a lawsuit against Harvard.

Court Filings Reveal Academic Strength of Asian-American Applicants to Harvard

Acceptance Letters

If Harvard made admissions decisions based only on applicants’ academic qualifications, more than 51 percent of the average admitted class would be Asian-American, according to court documents filed Friday.

Harvard, SFFA Dispute ‘Discrimination’ in Lower Personal Scores for Asian American Applicants

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Students for Fair Admissions reports in court filings that Harvard consistently scored Asian-American applicants lower than applicants of other races on “personal traits” including “positive personality,” “likability,” “kindness,” and “humor.”

Artisanal Gelato Shop Opens in Harvard Square

Amorino Opening

The high-end dessert establishment is the second Amorino site in the greater Boston area, joined by a location on Newbury Street that opened in 2015.

Legacy Admit Rate Five Times That of Non-Legacies, Court Docs Show

Over 33 percent of legacy applicants—Harvard hopefuls with at least one parent who graduated from the College or Radcliffe—gained admission to the Classes of 2014 through 2019.

Court Filings Reveal Academic Strength of Asian-American Applicants to Harvard

Acceptance Letters

If Harvard made admissions decisions based only on applicants’ academic qualifications, more than 51 percent of the average admitted class would be Asian-American, according to court documents filed Friday.

Harvard, SFFA Dispute ‘Discrimination’ in Lower Personal Scores for Asian American Applicants

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Students for Fair Admissions reports in court filings that Harvard consistently scored Asian-American applicants lower than applicants of other races on “personal traits” including “positive personality,” “likability,” “kindness,” and “humor.”

Harvard Ranks Applicants on 'Humor' and 'Grit,' Court Filings Show

Never-before-public details of the College's secretive admissions process reveal Harvard assigns each applicant a personal rating based on traits including humor, sensitivity, grit, integrity, helpfulness, and courage.

Vegan Restaurant Expands from the West Coast to Cambridge

Vegan enthusiasts at the College will return to campus this year to a new hangout in the Square—Veggie Grill

OPINION

Columns

Let the Storm Come

The society described in “1984”—a world in which humans’ capacity for original thought is confined through increasingly-simplistic diction—is a stone’s throw from the one in which we live today.

Summer Postcards 2018

A City of Beauteous Mixes of Colors

The night lamps caressed the cars, homes, and passerbys nicely, but there were more details to be seen.

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ARTS

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'Ocean's 8' Steals the Jewels—But Not the Show

"Ocean's 8" is a 3D-printed zirconium model of what it could have been: Exciting, but just not the real thing.

'13 Reasons Why'

How '13 Reasons Why’ Makes the Same Mistakes it Warns Against

The show needs to stop romanticizing trauma under the guise of heroism.

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Beneath the Layer of Horror: “Jurassic Park” Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg have left so many messages and ideas for us to unpack. 25 years later, the film still “finds a way.”

SPORTS

Men's Lacrosse

Stinks to BU: Game of the Year

Three career games from three of the team’s most important players would bode well for any squad, but as it turned out, the Crimson would need every bit of individual brilliance from Anderson, Cheek, and Cuccurullo, and then some, on that chilly March night at Harvard Stadium.

Baseball

On Cloud Nine: Game of the Year, Runner-Up

Baseball tabs nine consecutive runs to crush Dartmouth's playoff ambitions.

Men's Squash

One Last Ride: Male Athlete of the Year, Runner-Up

In his final year, men's squash co-captain David Ryan could not captain his class or team to a national championship. Or so he thought.

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