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### Harvard Admits Only 3.59% of Candidates for Class of 2028

Harvard College accepted 3.59 percent of applicants to its Class of 2028 — the highest acceptance rate in four years — in the first admissions cycle since the prohibition of considering race during the process.

In the initial admissions round this December, Harvard extended admission offers to 1,245 applicants, totaling 1,937 students accepted to join the Class of 2028.

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 expressed admiration for the admitted class in a recent interview, emphasizing the College’s eagerness to welcome them.

Despite a slight decrease in applications to 54,008, Harvard received over 50,000 applications for the fourth consecutive year. Notably, the announcement did not include race and ethnicity data for the incoming class, which will be disclosed after students accept or decline their offers.

Tuition for the upcoming year rose to $82,866, a 4.3 percent increase, while the threshold for full financial aid remained unchanged. Pell Grant eligible students constitute 20.7 percent of the class, with over 20 percent being first-generation college attendees.

Women make up the majority of the admitted class for the seventh year in a row, comprising 53.1 percent. The Class of 2028 represents all 50 states and various regions, with Massachusetts leading in admissions followed by California, New York, and New Jersey.

Harvard has also embraced the Small Town Outreach, Recruitment, and Yield consortium to engage with rural communities in response to a recent Supreme Court ruling.

Internationally, the Class of 2028 is diverse, with more than 15 percent of admitted students coming from 94 countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, and China. Additionally, 21 veterans were offered admission, and 41 students showed interest in the Reserve Officers Training Corps.

Harvard continues its test-optional policy for the fourth consecutive year, allowing applicants to decide whether to submit standardized test scores. The Class of 2028 will attend Visitas on April 14-15, with a deadline of May 1 for accepting admission offers.

For further information, contact Staff writer Elyse C. Goncalves or Staff writer Matan H. Josephy.