Harvard Magazine reports, "Harvard College announced today that 2,056 students have been offered admission to the class of 2021 (including the 938 accepted last December under the early-action program). The College received a record 39,506 applications this year, up just 1 percent from the 39,041 candidates last year. The very slight increase in applicants translated into an admission rate of 5.2, nearly identical to last year’s. For the decimally obsessed, the rate decreased to 5.20 percent, from 5.22 last year, making this year’s the lowest-ever admission rate. (To view the admission rate over time, consult the University Fact Book.)
First-generation college students represent 15.1 percent of admits, up slightly from 15 percent last year. Slightly more of this year’s students are African-American and Asian-American (14.6 and 22.2 percent, respectively), but the proportion of Latino students is down slightly to 11.6 percent from last year’s 12.7 percent."