Many of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities report a significant increase in students applying to early action or early decision programs.
Harvard Univerity reports that 10,086 students applied to its non-binding early action admissions program. This is up from 6,424 a year ago.
Harvard accepted 747 students who applied early. Thus, 7.4 percent of early applicants were accepted. Those students who were admitted are not obligated to attend Harvard and have until May 1 to make their final decision.
William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. “Given the high number of remarkable applicants to date, Harvard has taken a conservative approach to admitting students in the early admissions process to ensure proper review is given to applicants in the regular admissions cycle.”
African Americans constitute 16.6 percent of those admitted early, compared to 12.7 percent last year. But only 14.5 percent of all early admits are estimated to be eligible for federal Pell Grants, which are reserved for students from low-income families.