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Harvard admits 5.2 percent of applicants for Class of 2021

The Baker Library at the Harvard Business School on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
The Baker Library at the Harvard Business School on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.Charles Krupa/Associated Press

Harvard University reported setting a record for student applications for the Class of 2021, but while more Asian American students were accepted, there will be fewer Latino and Native American students next year. the Crimson student newspaper reported

According to the Crimson, Harvard College admitted 2,056 students, or 5.2 percent of 39,506 applications. to the Ivy League school in Cambridge.

Harvard, along with other Ivy League schools, has faced complaints in recent years of discrimination against Asian Americans during the application process, which Harvard has denied.

But the Crimson reported that the number of Asian Americans who were accepted into the newest class is up slightly from last year.

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Asian Americans comprised 22.2 percent of admitted students, up from 22.1 percent last year, the Crimson reported.

They weren’t alone in seeing an increase: African Americans represented 14.6 percent of the prospective members of next year’s class, up from 14 percent.

But those successes weren’t across the board, as admissions dropped slightly for Latino and Native American students.

The student paper reported that Latinos represented 11.6 percent of students accepted in the Class of 2021, down from 12.7 percent from the previous class.

And the number of Native American students fell from 2.2 percent in 2020 to 1.9 percent in 2021.

In a statement posted at the Harvard Gazette, the institution pointed to efforts to open up its campus.

Since 2005, Harvard has doubled the size of its applicant pool and bring in students from a broader range of backgrounds, William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid, said in the statement.

Harvard reports undergraduate tuition for the 2017-2018 school year could range from $69,600 to $73,600.

But the majority of Harvard families recieve need-based financial aid, and families with annual incomes under $65,000 pay nothing toward the cost of attending the school, according to the Harvard Gazette.

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The Crimson reported that Harvard is stepping up efforts to help incoming students handle the rigors of college life.

More than one-fifth of freshmen next year will get $2,000 to help adjust to the first month of college.

And a part-time student advcocate will be available to help first generation students navigate college life, the Crimson reported.

Prospective students have until May 1 to accept a place in Harvard’s upcoming class, the college said.


John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.