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More students are fighting to get into Harvard’s ivy gates than ever before

Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe/File

Harvard College received a recordbreaking 42,742 applications for the Class of 2022 — marking an 8 percent increase from last year, the school said in a statement. It was the fourth consecutive year the application record was broken.

Harvard launched a generous financial aid program 15 years ago that is intended to allow students of any income level to attend the school.

“Applications have doubled since the inception of the program — and each year, more and more students are excited to learn that Harvard is open to outstanding students from all economic backgrounds,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions, in the statement.

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The number of minority applicants increased, including an 18.7 percent rise in applications from African-Americans, and a 14.9 percent increase from Asian-Americans, the school said. Harvard also said it received applications from every region of the country, with an increase from the southern, central, and mountain states.

Applicants will learn whether they’re among the lucky ones on March 28. Harvard admitted 2,056 students to the Class of 2021.

Laney Ruckstuhl can be reached at laney.ruckstuhl@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @laneyruckstuhl.