According to a recent article by The Harvard Gazette, a record of 42,742 applied to Harvard’s class of 2022, which is an 8.2 per cent increase from last year’s admission season.
William R. Fitzsimmons, the dean of admissions and financial aid, tells The Harvard Gazette that applications have doubled since the inception of Harvard’s Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI) 15 years ago.
Today, families with annual earnings of less than $65,000 are not asked to contribute to tuition at all, and applicants from families in higher earning brackets are evaluated on an individual basis. Harvard claims that for most students, attending the institution costs the same (or less) than attending a public state university.
Since the founding of the HFAI, Harvard has awarded nearly $1.8 billion in grant funding to students.
So, who is in the running for admission for the class of 2022?
The Harvard Gazette reports that 50.3 per cent of this year’s applicants were women, applications from all geographic areas increased, and interest from international applicants remained strong.
The number of African-American applicants increased by 18.7 per cent and the number of Asian-American applicants increased by 14.9 per cent.
The Harvard Gazette reports increased interest in all academic areas, but notes that applications from prospective computer scientists rose by 19.7 per cent.
Harvard will release admission decisions on March 28, 2018.
For more information on this year’s applicant pool, read the full article here.