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What One Student’s Marked-Up Harvard Application Reveals About the Admissions Process

One student's reviewed application, made public as part of the admissions lawsuit, sheds light on how the College assesses candidates — and on just what it takes to be Harvard material.

Class of 2022 Freshman Survey
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The Crimson's Freshman Survey: Meet the Class of 2022

More than 50 percent of survey respondents are non-white, a first in The Crimson’s half-decade of canvassing incoming freshmen. Nearly half are “not at all interested” in campus social groups, the highest level of apathy in Crimson history. And — for the sixth year in a row — the majority of surveyed freshmen are virgins. Get to know the Class of 2022.

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Features

Star Economics Prof Fryer Facing Harvard and State-Level Investigations, Barred from Lab He Heads

Economics Professor Roland G. Fryer, Jr. is being investigated separately by Harvard and the state of Massachusetts and has been barred by University officials from setting foot in the research lab he heads.

Unionization Exit Polls
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Exit Polls Suggested 50.6 Percent Favored Union

Exit poll results adjusted for response bias suggested a slight majority—50.6 percent—of eligible students who cast ballots voted in favor of unionization. But the margin of error—plus or minus 2 percent—meant The Crimson could not definitively call the election.

The Biggest Hit
Scrutiny

The Biggest Hit

Ben M. Abercrombie '21 was ready for a successful career as a Harvard football player—until an entirely legal hit snapped his neck, compressing his spinal cord and essentially detaching his brain from the rest of his body.

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Scrutiny

Harvard and the Atomic Bomb

For 70 years, the light a Harvard president helped ignite has continued to burn. Entire movements have sprung to extinguish it, as have generations of academics; neither have succeeded.

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College Places HCFA On ‘Probation’ After Group Barred Student in Same-Sex Relationship from Leadership

​The College has placed Harvard College Faith and Action on “administrative probation” for a year after the organization pressured a female member of its student leadership to resign in September following her decision to date a woman.

Presidents Past and Future
Central Administration

Past Hints at Future

Some say Bacow’s history in higher education campaigns has prepared him well for the financial responsibilities that come with running one of the world’s richest universities.

Loeb House
Features

Hiding in Plain Sight

Harvard’s soon-to-be 29th president strolled into Loeb House the morning of his confirmation unnoticed and under the radar.

Bacow
Central Administration

The Bacow Era Begins

Lawrence S. Bacow will become the 29th president of the country’s oldest University at a time when higher education is under siege.

A Woman At The Top
Central Administration

The Woman President

“I wanted to be the president of Harvard, but I recognized that there was this kind of parallel track where I was being the woman president of Harvard in a way that mattered," University President Drew G. Faust said.

#MeToo in the Academy
Features

'Swimming with Sharks'

Academia’s #MeToo movement doesn’t entirely look like Hollywood’s—at least, not yet.

Amanda Gorman (front)
Student Life

American Lyricist

Amanda S. C. Gorman '20 is the first Youth Poet Laureate of the United States and a self-described future candidate for the U.S. presidency.

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Cashing In On Crimson

From nonprofit workshops to lucrative college consulting businesses, here's the story of how organizations leverage the Harvard brand to advance their interests.

It's Harvard's World
Features

Harvard Without Borders

As the presidential search committee combs the world for Faust's successor, some say that Harvard’s potential as a global university should weigh heavily on their minds.

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