Letter to the Harvard Community

<p>The Harvard Web site has a letter dated today from Harvard President Larry Summers. </p>

<p><a href="http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/daily/2005/11/07-lhs.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/daily/2005/11/07-lhs.html&lt;/a> </p>

<p>That sounds like some ambitious plans.</p>

<p>I take this to be the unofficial kick-off to the "quiet phase" for Harvard's long-anticipated new capital campaign.</p>

<p>According to rumor, the target may exceed $10 billion, and Harvard will be focussing on this for years.</p>

<p>Certainly an impressive outline of goals and future plans for Harvard. </p>

<p>$10 billion is an impressive number. Is this for Allston?</p>

<p>"extending the University's international role"
does that also mean Harvard College will recruit more international applicants?!?</p>

<p>Yes. The plan, I believe, is to increase undergrad enrollment by about 10% when the new houses are in place on the Allston side of the Charles River. The indication is that international enrollment will increase then. I think they've been reluctant to increase international enrollment substantially above current levels - at the expense of domestic applicants - prior to then.</p>

<p>So will they consecutively increase the enrollment in the next couple of years or will this change already affect Fall 2006 applicants?</p>


<p>This may be 7-10 years away.</p>