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Emma M. Benintende

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Stepping Out of the Bubble: Class of 2011


Sexuality

Respondents were asked how they identified themselves at the beginning and end of college. The number of students identifying as gay, questioning, and other at the end of college has stayed relatively flat compared to last year’s data, while the number of respondents identifying as bisexual has decreased slightly.


Drug Use (Hard, e.g. cocaine, heroin)

Over one-third of respondents reported using marijuana with some frequency. Use of hard drugs and study drugs is far less common, with well over 90 percent of respondents self-reporting as non-users.


Drug Use (Study, e.g. Adderall, Ritalin)

Over one-third of respondents reported using marijuana with some frequency. Use of hard drugs and study drugs is far less common, with well over 90 percent of respondents self-reporting as non-users.


Drug Use (Pot)

Over one-third of respondents reported using marijuana with some frequency. Use of hard drugs and study drugs is far less common, with well over 90 percent of respondents self-reporting as non-users.


Sex and Dating

Both male and female respondents reported a median of two sexual partners and two dating partners during their time at Harvard. A substantially greater proportion of male respondents reported having had five or more sexual partners during their time at Harvard, but the distribution of the number of dating partners is similar among males and females.


Work or Grad School?

The number of students seeking full-time employment rose from 2010, as well as the number planning on going to graduate school. The proportion working in finance and consulting has stayed relatively flat.


Where Will They Go?

WHERE IN THE WORLD WILL YOUR CLASSMATES BE? CLOSE BY: Roughly 43 percent of senior class survey respondents said that they would be living in either Boston or New York next year. With another 6.9 percent living in the nation’s capital and 4.4 percent living elsewhere in the Northeast, over half of the class is anticipating living within 500 miles of Cambridge, Mass. HOTEL CALIFORNIA: Over one-tenth of the class plans on heading to The Golden State after receiving their diplomas. Roughly another tenth plans on moving to the South and Midwest. ABROAD: Almost 20 percent of survey respondents say they will be living outside the United States next year, with nearly half of those individuals planning on heading to Europe.