83% of Students Admitted to Join Harvard College Class of 2026 | New
More than 83% of students admitted to Harvard College’s Class of 2026 will enroll this fall, the College announced Wednesday.
The class will include record proportions of women, Asian Americans, first-generation students, and Native American and Hawaiian students, according to data released by the school.
The rate of return marks a decline from last year, when a record 85% of admitted students joined the class of 2025.
More than 61,200 students applied for admission to the Class of 2026, up nearly 7% from the previous year’s record high of more than 57,000. More than 1,950 students received offers of admission, setting a record acceptance rate of just 3.13%.
“The Class of 2026 has shown great promise for the future in a time of pandemic and economic uncertainty,” Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 said in a press release. . “Harvard is fortunate that these students have chosen to come here, and we look forward to their arrival.”
Women make up a record 55% of the incoming class, up nearly 3 percentage points from the Class of 2025.
Asian Americans make up 27.6% of the class, 2 percentage points higher than the previous record, set by the class of 2023. The increase comes as the Supreme Court prepares to file a lawsuit in justice from the anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions accusing Harvard of discriminating against Asian American applicants.
African-American students make up 14.4% of the class, roughly on par with the class of 2025. 11.9% of the incoming class identify as Latinx, virtually identical to 11.7% of the class of 2025 and 11.8% of the class of 2024. Native Americans and Hawaiians make up a record 3.6% of the incoming class, up significantly from the 1.5% of the class of 2025.
A record 19.4% of the class will be made up of first-generation students, an increase from the 18.6% of the class of 2025. The class of 2026 includes 14 veterans, a decrease from the 18 of the class of 2025. Thirty-two incoming students have expressed interest in ROTC.
Harvard announced an expansion of its financial aid program in April, raising the cost-free participation threshold from $65,000 to $75,000 in annual income. About 24% of the Class of 2026 fall below the threshold, in line with the rest of the College.
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