The composition of Harvard classes changes only imperceptibly as the years pass, and the 1200-odd members of Harvard '73 are no exception.
Your median SAT scores hover in the 680's, down slightly from last year's figure, but not enough to matter.
The most notable change from Harvard '72 to Harvard '73 is a rise in the number of blacks in the class. This year, more than 90 blacks are coming to Harvard as freshmen-about twice as many as last year.
Preppies and Pubbies
The percentage of private school graduates has dropped less than one percent; the private/public ratio now stands at 58/42 for Harvard '73.
Of the private schools, Phillips Andover has sent the most (30-40) students to Harvard this year. Boston Latin, with 18 students, leads the public school representation.
This fall, a few more freshmen will be coming to Harvard from the South and Far West than last year came from those areas. But otherwise geographical distribution remains the same as last year. Nearly every state and a host of foreign countries are represented in the freshman class.
If past trends bear true, as they almost always do, the first semester of the freshman year will be the toughest of your college career for most of you. After November mid-term exams, about one tenth of you will receive "unsatisfactory" grade reports.
Recovery will be quick, though. In June over half of the Class of '73 will have made the Dean's List-at least Group 3. Fewer than ten freshmen will probably have to leave Harvard for academic reasons at the end of the year. But of course, there is no reason why you won't be one of them.
Your career plans may well shift considerably in the next nine months. Right now a third of you intend to concentrate in a Natural Science. Come June, when majors are officially chosen, one of every three potential Natural Scientists will switch to the Humanities and Social Sciences.