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Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
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Jake Kaufmann Named Financial Aid Director

Jake Kaufmann ’93 stepped into his role as the College’s director of financial aid Monday vowing to Harvard’s socioeconomic diversity and “open doors for students."

Dean Fitzsimmons
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Confidentiality of Some Admissions Files Remains in Dispute in Suit Against Harvard

These currently sealed documents include the depositions and emails of several Harvard officials, including Director of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 and Director of Admissions Marlyn E. McGrath ’70.

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
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Kavanaugh’s Nomination May Jeopardize Affirmative Action, Experts Say

If Kavanaugh is confirmed, he will replace retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who is known for being the Supreme Court’s “swing vote.”

Department of Justice
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Amid Trump Admin. Reversal, Harvard Defends Race-Conscious Admissions Process

Harvard will continue to consider the race of applicants in its admissions process, despite the Trump administration’s Tuesday withdrawal of Obama-era recommendations encouraging affirmative action, University officials said.

Harvard Admissions
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Court Filings Likely Not a Tough Blow for Harvard P.R., Experts Say

Court filings detailing previously unknown aspects of Harvard’s secretive admissions process will likely do little to damage the University’s image, public relations experts say.

All Lined Up
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Filings Show Athletes With High Academic Scores Have 83 Percent Acceptance Rate

Documents also showed recruited athletes of low academic standing had an acceptance rate nearly a thousand times greater than that for non-athletes of the same standing.

Admissions Lawsuit
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Harvard Admissions Officers Specifically Trained on ‘Use of Race’

Two admissions officers, whose names were redacted from the public filings, led the meetings, which focused on “casework” and “diversity.”

Harvard Admissions
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Harvard Redacts Most Sensitive Admissions Details in Court Filings

Harvard strategically redacted information—including the “distinguishing excellences” that the College looks for in top students—from hundreds of pages of court filings last week.

Abbott Lawrence Lowell
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SFFA Argues Harvard's 'Holistic' Admissions Rooted In Tactics Once Used to Limit Jewish Admits

In 1922, Lowell and other administrators had become “increasingly alarmed” over the rising number of Jewish students earning admission to the College based on their high test scores, SFFA’s document reads.

Dean Fitzsimmons
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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.

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

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.

John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse
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Revelations in Harvard Admissions Suit Unlikely to Prove Discrimination, Experts Say

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

Harvard Admissions
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'Z-List' Students Overwhelmingly White, Often Legacies

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.

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
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Harvard, SFFA Dispute ‘Discrimination’ in Lower Personal Scores for Asian American Applicants

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.”

Dean Fitzsimmons Discusses Class of 2019 Regular Admissions
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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.

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