The Harvard Gazette reports, "Applications for admission to Harvard College are up 4.6 percent this year, with 39,044 students applying to the class of 2020.
So how exactly do you review 39,044 applications and the same number of essays? It’s a challenge that William R. Fitzsimmons, Harvard College dean of admissions and financial aid, takes in stride.
“We have come a long way since 1976, the first year a single admissions committee reviewed applications from both men and women,” said Fitzsimmons. That year, 11,293 students applied to Harvard College.
Today, an experienced team of faculty and admissions officers is at work. “We have a team with the knowledge and experience to give each applicant careful and thoughtful consideration,” said Fitzsimmons. The large number of applicants, he said, “reflects the effectiveness of Harvard’s outreach to outstanding students everywhere...”