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Dean of Financial Aid and Admissions William R. Fitzsimmons ’67

Harvard College Yield Rises Even After Tumultuous Year, Admissions Dean Says

Over 84 percent of Harvard College’s admitted Class of 2028 will be enrolling, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 announced in his Class Day address to the Class of 2024.

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‘Out of the Blue’: Students and Counselors Share Mixed Reactions to Harvard’s Return to Test-Required Policy

Following Harvard’s decision earlier this month to reinstate standardized testing requirements for the Class of 2029, students, experts, and counselors said applicants and their advisers will need to make quick adjustments for the new policy.

William R. Fitzsimmons '67

After Fall Turmoil, Harvard Admissions Dean Says He Is Happy With Application Numbers

After Harvard was rocked by nonstop controversy last semester, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 said his office was heartened to see that application numbers remained consistent.

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Harvard Accepts 3.59% of Applicants to Class of 2028

Harvard College accepted 3.59 percent of applicants to its Class of 2028 — the highest acceptance rate in four years.

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In Year of Crisis, Harvard Admissions Has Resilient Showing

Harvard emerged mostly unscathed from its first application cycle since the fall of affirmative action, silencing critics who speculated the University’s recent controversies would deter students from applying to the College.

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Class of 2028 Results Will Offer the First Clues About Harvard’s Post-Affirmative Action Admissions

When Harvard College admits the Class of 2028 on Thursday, the admissions data released by the College might raise more questions than it answers about whether the fall of affirmative action and a prolonged crisis stemming from the University’s response to the Oct. 7 attack on Israel have changed Harvard’s appeal to prospective students.

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As Peer Schools Leave Test-Optional Behind, Is Harvard Next?

After recent decisions from Yale and Dartmouth to bring back standardized testing requirements, admissions experts are divided if Harvard will follow suit.

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Marsh USA Files to Dismiss Harvard Lawsuit Regarding SFFA Legal Fees

Insurance broker Marsh USA asked the federal District Court of Massachusetts to dismiss its liability for up to $15 million in legal fees, according to filings made last month.

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Ten Stories That Shaped 2023

In 2023, Harvard had a tumultuous year. Claudine Gay’s first semester ended amid a leadership crisis as she came under fire for her response to tensions on a campus divided by the Israel-Hamas war and faced allegations of plagiarism. Harvard’s legacy and donor preferences in admissions also faced national scrutiny following the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling striking down the University’s affirmative action policy. Across campus, scandal after scandal hit parts of the University. Here, The Crimson looks back at the 10 stories that shaped 2023 at Harvard.

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Harvard College’s Acceptance Rates for Men and Women are Nearly Identical. That’s Rare in the Ivy League.

Harvard seems to be an outlier in the Ivy League for its extreme parity in admissions rates between male and female applicants, even at the expense of equal shares of men and women in the class.

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As American Colleges Struggle to Fill Classes, Ivy League Yield Rates Continue to Rise

Yield rates at the eight Ivy schools have soared over the past 30 years, according to a Crimson analysis — and show no sign of slowing.

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Harvard Says Insurance Company Knew of Affirmative Action Lawsuit, Should Cover Legal Fees

Harvard told a federal judge last week that its insurance company was aware of a high-profile lawsuit challenging its race-conscious admissions process, saying the firm, Zurich American Insurance Company, should have to cover the University’s legal fees.

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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Harvard Affirmative Action Case on Oct. 31

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments next month in a high-stakes affirmative action lawsuit brought against Harvard that could end race-conscious college admissions in the United States.

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As Acceptance Rates Fall, Some Ivy League Universities Stop Publicizing Admissions Data

As acceptance rates to the country’s most selective universities fall to all-time lows each year, more and more elite schools have stopped promoting key admissions data, including acceptance numbers and demographic breakdowns.

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‘Surreal,’ ‘Thrilled’: Applicants React to Admission to Class of 2026

Students admitted to the Class of 2026 expressed shock, excitement, and disbelief upon receiving their Harvard acceptances.