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Rahem D. Hamid

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Ivy League Yield Data Through 2022
Admissions

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.

Joseph Moakley Courthouse
Admissions

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.

SCOTUS
Central Administration

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.

SCOTUS - Supreme Court
Admissions

Top Corporations, Universities Ask Supreme Court to Uphold Affirmative Action in Harvard Case

Hundreds of top American corporations and universities including Apple, Google, and seven Ivy League schools asked the Supreme Court to uphold affirmative action in amicus briefs filed this week as justices prepare to hear lawsuits challenging race-conscious admissions at Harvard and the University of North Carolina.

Supreme Court
Politics

Harvard Asks Justices to Uphold Affirmative Action in Supreme Court Brief

Harvard offered a full-throated defense of the Supreme Court’s past rulings upholding affirmative action in a brief submitted to the court on Monday, asking justices to reject a lawsuit that seeks to ban race-conscious admissions.

Supreme Court
College

Supreme Court to Hear Harvard, UNC Affirmative Action Cases Separately

The Supreme Court will hear challenges to affirmative action at Harvard and the University of North Carolina separately, a procedural change that will allow newly seated Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson ’92 to rule on the UNC case.

Admissions Numbers Drop Analysis
Admissions

83 Percent of Admitted Students to Join Harvard College Class of 2026

More than 83 percent of students admitted to Harvard College’s Class of 2026 will matriculate this fall, the College announced Wednesday. The class will include record-high proportions of women, Asian Americans, first generation college students, and Native Americans and Hawaiians.

Affirmative Action
Year in Review

A Harvard Without Affirmative Action?

Affirmative action has narrowly survived several Supreme Court scares before. But now, experts say the court — made up of six conservative and three liberal justices — is likely to overturn four decades of precedent allowing schools to consider race in their admissions processes. It remains less clear what might come next.

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Admissions

81 Republican Lawmakers File Amicus Brief Supporting SFFA in Harvard Affirmative Action Lawsuit

More than 80 Republican lawmakers filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court on Monday supporting anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions’ lawsuit against Harvard and the University of North Carolina.

Admissions & Financial Aid Administrative Offices
College

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.

Supreme Court
University

SFFA Asks Supreme Court to Overturn Precedents Upholding Affirmative Action in Filing for Harvard, UNC Cases

The anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions asked the United States Supreme Court to ban affirmative action in American higher education by overturning precedents that allow universities to consider race as a factor in admissions in a brief filed with the court Monday.

Visitas
Student Life

‘The Deciding Factor’: Admitted Students Swarm Campus for First In-Person Visitas Since 2019

Prospective freshmen clad in Harvard merch and red lanyards swarmed campus this weekend for the College’s first in-person Visitas since 2019.

Visitas Is Back
College

In-Person Visitas Set to Return After Two-Year Hiatus

After welcoming the past two undergraduate classes to Harvard virtually, the College will greet admitted students in the Class of 2026 during the first in-person Visitas weekend since 2019.

Harvard College Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Admissions

Who Gets Likely Letters?

Colleges send likely letters to prospective students to notify them they are likely to be admitted on the official decision release date. To receive one is rare: In the past, Harvard College has sent roughly 200 to recruited athletes and 100 to non-athletes.

Class of 2026 Reax
College Administration

‘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.

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