Harvard just released its early admissions decisions -- here's how many students got in

Maddie Meyer/Getty ImagesThe dean of Harvard admissions said early admission is the new normal.
  • Harvard released the early decisions numbers for the class of 2022.
  • The acceptance rate held flat from a year before at 14.5%.
  • Asian Americans are the subgroup which experienced the biggest increase in acceptance figures.

Harvard University released its early admissions decisions for the class of 2022 on Tuesday, and out of 6,630 total applicants, 964 received acceptances, The Harvard Crimson reported.

The admission rate held flat this year with a 14.5% acceptance rate, even though Harvard received more early applicants for the class of 2022 than in past years.

“The one thing we can say with certainty is that the numbers rose this year,” Harvard dean of admissions William R. Fitzsimmons told the Crimson. “In general terms, it appears that more institutions had increases than the reverse … early admission, in one form or another, is the new normal.”

Non-white early admits increased for the class of 2022. African Americans comprised 13.9% of early admits, Latinos comprised 9.8%, and Native Americana/Native Hawaiian comprised 1.8%.

But the largest increase for a racial or ethnic group year over year was for Asian Americans, whose acceptance rate jumped to 24.2% from 21.7% a year before. Harvard is currently facing a lawsuit alleging discrimination in admissions practices related to Asian Americans. The Department of Justice indicated it would investigate the matter.

Harvard is an early action school, meaning that students can only apply to one school early, and have until May to decide if they want to accept. This policy differs from early decision, which requires a student to attend a school if they gain admission.

Regular decision Harvard applicants will find out their admissions status in the spring.

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