Admissions Student Life
Square Businesses Gear Up for Visitas
As students prepare to welcome the Class of 2020 on campus for Visitas, Harvard’s weekend for its admitted students, local businesses are likewise gearing up for their arrival.
Experts Put New SAT to the Test, Examining Changes and Implications
The new test comes during a time of national discussion on the accessibility, predictive ability, and consequent future of standardized testing in the college admissions process.
College Admissions Experts Describe Unease Over New SAT
The first administration of the revised SAT exam will take place this Saturday, and experts remain unsure as to whether students have been able to adequately prepare for the new test.
Students Debate Affirmative Action Goals at Discussion
At a discussion hosted by several cultural student groups, undergraduates debated merits of affirmative action policies in college admissions amid widespread scrutiny of Harvard’s own admissions process.
Midwest Club Creates Free Admissions Guide for High Schools
Looking to provide free college admissions advice for students in the Midwest, the Harvard College Midwest Club has created an online college guide.
In Fisher Amicus Brief, Harvard Defends Affirmative Action
In the 27-page brief, Harvard urged the Court to continue permitting the consideration of race as a factor in college admissions processes, arguing that a diverse student body is “a compelling interest that justifies race-conscious admissions in higher education.”
Months In, Some Students Still Skeptical of Admissions Lawsuit
Alex J. Pong ’16, a Chinese American student who is a president of Harvard’s Asian American Association, said the lawsuit represents another attack on affirmative action, “just using a different lens this time.”
Harvard Joins Coalition To Offer Common App Alternative
Harvard will offer a new college application platform that positions itself as a more individualized alternative to the Common Application
Admissions Office Fields Questions on Final Clubs
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 said the all-male social organizations are “not consistent with the mission of the College."
Harvard’s Fate Still Uncertain After Princeton Admissions Case
Experts cautioned that Harvard—currently facing similar charges in a separate lawsuit challenging its use of affirmative action—is still not guaranteed a win.
UC Reps Discuss Visitas Event Fair Application
"Check In" will allow admitted students to use the camera on their smartphones to scan barcodes assigned to individual clubs, which will automatically register them for emails.
Theater Concentration Courts Potential Concentrators
The professor who spearheaded the initiative to create the Theater, Dance, and Media concentration is turning his efforts to attracting both current students and admitted members of the Class of 2019.
Harvard Admissions Office Considers How To Weigh MOOCs
Admissions officers are still considering how to weigh edX courses against conventional AP or IB classes when evaluating applicants.
Lucerito L. Ortiz '10
Lucerito L. Ortiz '10 is the Senior Admissions Officer at Harvard University and co-director of the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program (UMRP).
Do Admissions Officers Discriminate Against Asian Americans?
There are two very well-known facts about highly-selective admissions among Asian American applicants: 1) Asian American applicants and admittances, on average, score higher on the SAT than students from any other race. 2) While the percentage of students belonging to most other racial minorities in highly selective colleges have gone up over the years, the percentage of Asian-American students has not.