William R. Fitzsimmons also said that the students who have been accepted for early admissions come from diverse backgrounds and have a wide range of academic and extracurricular experiences which will 'add immeasurably' to the education of their classmates.
As per the statistics made available on the Harvard University website, the number of first generation college students accepted early rose this year to 10.6 per cent in comparison to 8.7 per cent. Nearly 58 percent have applied for financial aid so far, up from 57 percent last year, and nearly 13 percent have requested an application fee waiver, well over last year's 10.7 percent.
Sarah C. Donahue, Griffin Director of Financial Aid, said that Harvard's financial aid program also played a crucial role in attracting the more outstanding applicants this year.
In terms of diversity too, the students admitted early comprises of students from varied backgrounds. African-Americans make up 13.9 percent of students admitted early, compared with 12.6 percent last year; Asian-Americans 24.2 percent, up from 21.7 percent last year; Latinos 9.8 percent, a 1 percent increase over last year; and Native Americans/Native Hawaiians 1.8 percent, compared with 1.1 percent last year.
Among the students admitted early 47 per cent are women.
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