What Does Harvard Want?

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Harvard’s Dean of Admission, Bill Fitzsimmons, described the composition of a Harvard freshman class of 2,100 students:

  • 200 to 300 are distinguished at a national or international level in a skill or activity such as music or social service
  • 200 to 300 are distinguished in academics, either by national or international competitions or by teacher recommendations
  • 1,500 (or so) are across-the-board solid students who demonstrate a strong character and good personal traits

Dean Fitzsimmons’ comments were made in an interview with “On Harvard Time,” a Harvard student television program.

Watch the full interview here.