Approximately 4300 students from more than 300 colleges and universities are expected to register today and tommorrow for the ninety-second session of the Harvard Summer School.
Judging from advance registration figures, less than one forth of the summer student body will be regular Harvard and Radcliffe students. Most of the students will come from eastern colleges, according to Summer School Director Thomas E. Crooks, with a substantial number from other Ivy League schools and the so-called Seven Sisters women's colleges.
Classes begin tomorrow morning, and the formal Summer School Convocation will be held tomorrow evening at 8 p.m. in Sanders Theatre. Crooks and Franklin Ford, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences will address the students.
Despite rumors to the contrary, Crooks pointed out that women are in the minority at the School, as approximately 52 per cent of the student body is expected to be male.
Crooks said that some people may think the Summer session is for women because girls live in the Yard and most male students live off campus. During the winter freshmen use the Yard halls, and Harvard men outnumber Radcliffe undergraduates by a 4:1 ratio.
Most of the Harvard and Radcliffe summer students will be in the graduate schools. Only 500 Harvard undergraduates and 100 Radcliffe women signed advance registration cards.
Crooks announced that approximately 60 per cent of the faculty for the Summer session will be regular Harvard instructors. The others will be guest teachers from other universities and colleges.
Bundy To Speak
Two former Harvard faculty members will return this summer for brief visits. Former Dean of the Faculty Mo-George Bundy, now Special Assistant to the President for National Security, will give a public address in Sanders Theatre July 22 as part of the William Y. Elliott Conference on Political Philosophy in Public Affairs.
Francis E. Keppel '38, U.S. Commissioner of Education and former Dean of the Education School, will speak to the Education and Advising Conference on July 18.
This is the second year the School has used some selectivity in admitting students, Crooks said, and he predicted that many of those "who just want to play" have been eliminated. Students are now required to have their application for admission and their study program approved by their own school. In addition, the Summer School now advises students on their study programs.
Crooks said that last year, when the new admissions procedures were instituted, enrollment dropped seven per sent, with 92 per cent of the decrease being non-Harvard students. Crooks feels the admissions requirements have helped improve the academic level of the school.
Last year only about five per cent of those enrolled failed to take final exams, and Crooks said he saw no reason why the figure should be any higher this year.
1500 In College Dorms
Although in the winter Harvard requires practically all undergraduates to live in College housing, nearly two thirds of the summer students will live in non-College apartments. Of the 1,500 who requested University housing, about 900 are women, who will be placed in Quincy House and the Yard. Men will live in "North Yard," the graduate school area.
Several Harvard students were spotted cruising around the Yard yesterday in an effort to evaluate the summer students. The summer social whirlwind will begin formally this Wednesday with the first Yard Punch at 3 p.m.