Making Post-Grad Plans? Look What Happened Last Year

Of the class of '66

* The largest group of those who went to graduate and professional schools stayed at Harvard.

* More Harvard men went to medical school than undergraduates from any other college

* Cliffies preferred medical school to any other professional program.

* Almost half the Harvard men now working have social service jobs.


* Half the Harvard men with Predicted Rank List 6 are now in business school.

Each August, in its efficient way, the Office of Graduate and Career Plans issues a little booklet, neatly printed and bound in red, titled "The Harvard College Class of 19--: Its Composition, Performance, and Plans." It is based on the intentions expressed by seniors before graduation, and includes a large number of charts as well as such chapter headings as "relationship of immediate plans to certain variables."

Radcliffe, by comparison, surveys its graduated seniors the following fall and each December comes out with a dozen or so mimeographed, hand-stapled pages on which are printed the names of every girl, alphabetically by field of concentration, along with a succinct indication of how she is occupying herself.

Exam period and the application season are a favorite time for browsing through such literature and thinking about The Future. A perusal of the two reports shows that:

* Three-quarters of Harvard '66 and half of Radcliffe '66 are now in graduate school. This is an increase of between three and four per cent over the class of '65 for both groups.

* Fifteen per cent of Harvard and 37 per cent of Radcliffe '66 are now working (as opposed to studying, job hunting, travelling or being in the armed forces). This is a two per cent decline for Radcliffe, no change for Harvard.

Graduate School

The largest number of those doing advanced study are in graduate schools of arts and sciences, and the largest number of those are (as with every kind of grad school) at Harvard. The 310 Harvard '66 graduates who are in arts and sciences are enrolled in 52 different schools. The class sent 56 students to Harvard GSAS, up 14 over '65. For Radcliffe, 15 of the 64 arts and sciences grad students (who attend 21 different school) are at Harvard. The second most popular school for Harvard graduates is Berkeley; for Cliffies, Columbia. Sixty-two per cent of those Harvard students who applied to Harvard GSAS were accepted, ranging from 100 per cent acceptance of the summa applicants to 27 per cent C.L.G.S. to nine per cent non-honors.

Law School

Law School is the most popular professional school for Harvard graduates, although for Cliffies it is outranked by medical school and ed school. A full 17 per cent of Harvard '66 went on to law school, the largest proportion of any class in history. Fourteen members of Radcliffe '66 are in law schools, just over five per cent of the class but exactly double the '65 figure.

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