Harvard’s Class of 2013 to Be the Most Diverse in the School’s History: Recession Has No Impact on Yield

Harvard University reports that 76 percent of the students who were offered admission have accepted the invitation to enroll at the university. Harvard’s yield is almost identical to its performance a year ago. One reason for the high yield is the university’s generous financial aid program where students from families that earn up to $180,000 a year pay no more than 10 percent of their incomes to meet Harvard’s $50,000 annual fee. Harvard reports that 65 percent of incoming students will receive some financial aid, up from 60 percent a year ago.

Harvard calls the Class of 2013 the most racially diverse in its history. Most notable is the fact that 10 percent of the incoming class is African American. Black student yield was 71 percent, up from 64 percent a year ago. Hispanics make up 9.5 percent of the incoming class.