The percentage of minority students applying to Harvard under the Early Action program will probably be much lower than the percentage of minorities in the entire applicant pool, L. Fred Jewett '57, dean of admissions and financial aid, said yesterday.
Jewett said he expects to see a "substantial difference" in the percentage of minority students in the two groups of applicants because such students have traditionally applied to Harvard at a later date than non-minority students.
Many minority students therefore missed the November 1 deadline for Early Action, Jewett said.
William Fitzsimmons '67, director of admissions, said yesterday many minority students were prevented from applying under the Early Action program because they had not taken all the required college board examinations by the November deadline.
In order to have taken all the exams by the deadline, the student would have to have taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test or three achievement tests during his junior year in high school.
James Rogers, Brown's director of admissions, said yesterday, the percentage of minority applicants in the early action pool is much lower than the 6 per cent expected in the total applicant pool.
Another possible reason for the low numbers of minority applicants under Early Action Fitzsimmons said, is the heavy recruitment of minority students by other colleges.
The best minority students, Fitzsimmons said, are contacted by many schools. They take time to sort out the large numbers of inquiries and do not apply to colleges until late in the year, he said.