Letters and email notifications of admission to Harvard College were sent today to 2,032 students, 5.9 percent of the applicant pool of 34,302.
With the return of Early Action this year, it is more difficult than in the past to predict how many admitted students will accept Harvards offer of admission. We have always been conservative about the number of acceptances sent out at this time of year in order to avoid the possibility of overcrowding. Harvards high graduation rate typically 97 to 98 percent leaves little margin for error, said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. As always, we expect to use the waiting list, and in some recent years as many as 200 students have been admitted in May and June.
This years applicant pool was remarkable by any standard in its academic and extracurricular excellence, said Fitzsimmons. More than 14,000 scored 700 or above on the SAT critical reading test; 17,000 scored 700 or above on the SAT math test; 15,000 scored 700 or higher on the SAT writing test; and 3,800 were ranked first in their high school classes.