Well, it looks like the Covid-fear could be coming to an end. As schools begin re-opening and life starts returning back to normal, applications for Harvard have skyrocketed 43% from last year, as the college looks set to admit 1,968 total applicants to its class of 2025.
"The total number of applications for the Class of 2025 was 57,435, a marked increase from 40,248 for the Class of 2024," the Harvard Gazette reported this week.
The class represents all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 94 countries, the report said. It is 12.2% international students and 8.8% U.S. dual citizens. 55% of students are expected to receive need-based grants, which will allow families to pay $12,000 annually. 20% of families, who fall under $65,000 per year, will not be required to pay anything. Those students will "also receive $2,000 start-up grants to help with move-in costs and other expenses incurred in the transition to College."
William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid, commented: “These applicants have faced and overcome unprecedented challenges over the past year. Their applications and personal stories revealed a window into their resilience, their intellectual curiosity, and their many positive contributions to family, school, and community. They are truly inspiring.”
401 admitted students, marking about 20.4% of those accepted, will receive Pell grants. This number is up from 380 (and 19%) last year. Families with incomes from $65,000 to $150,000 and typical assets pay no more than 10 percent of their annual incomes, the Gazette noted.
Claudine Gay, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, commented: “We chose to admit a full class, despite the many deferrals matriculating this fall, because we believe in the promise of this incredibly diverse and accomplished group of students. Harvard is committed to opening the doors of opportunity to all talented students, even if it means confronting the challenge of accommodating more students on campus next year.”
Jake Kaufmann, Griffin Director of Financial Aid commented: “Despite the disruptions associated with the pandemic, Harvard has maintained all of its extraordinary need-based aid policies, and we remain committed to investing in our core value of removing barriers to a Harvard education for outstanding students from all economic backgrounds. We are pleased that our attractive, need-based financial aid program continues to inspire applicants to see themselves at Harvard College.”
The college expanded its financial aid program by eliminating the summer work expectation from aid awards heading into the 2020-21 year. As students head back to campus and the pandemic passes by the wayside, students will again be expected to contribute $3,500 through term-time work to meet their personal expenses.
The Class of 2025 is 18% African American/Black, 27.2% Asian American, 13.3% "Latinx", 1.2% Native American and 0.6% Native Hawaiian. Women make up 52.9% of the class.
Fitzsimmons concluded: “We were delighted to see the diversity and strength of this year’s applicant pool, particularly in a year where no one could predict how it would change. We will continue to review how the temporary changes to our application requirements impact the admitted class, and we will work hard to ensure that our many digital outreach initiatives encourage students to see themselves at Harvard no matter where they come from.”
Harvard's applications up 43% this year— Scott Galloway (@profgalloway) April 19, 2021
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