Harvard’s admission requirements for the incoming class of 2020 are a “rigged process” and “will only increase admissions pressure for students with high test scores” according to a recent report by the Council on Foreign Relations.
The report, which was released this week, is based on interviews with admissions officers at Harvard, the University of Maryland and Stanford, as well as the admissions review process at the nation’s largest private university.
“Harvard’s admissions process has long been criticized for being opaque and riddled with bias,” said Matthew F. Dolan, senior fellow at the Council for Foreign Relations and author of the report.
“Yet now, the Harvard admissions process is set to become even more opaque and rife with bias, thanks to a Harvard University admissions committee that has approved more than half of the applicants for admission to the 2017 class, and the fact that Harvard’s admissions review panel has already approved almost all of the candidates who will be applying in 2018.”
Harvard University’s admission policies are based on the University’s Comprehensive Application, which the College Board used as a starting point to determine which students would be admitted.
In addition to the Comprehensive Application which was developed by Harvard’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the college also uses the SAT, ACT and the MCAT as a measure of academic potential.
As the University has announced, the admissions committee at Harvard approved more applications than any other major college in the country in 2017, with more than 90 percent of the applications being accepted.
Harvard University admits more applicants than any major college and in 2017 the university admitted more than 85,000 students, according to the College of Education.
“The admissions process at Harvard is an open-door, no-questions-asked system, which is designed to help students find a way to apply to Harvard and achieve a great degree at the same time,” said Dolan.
“While the Harvard process is designed for the benefit of all students, it has been criticized as biased, and there is widespread public outrage over the admissions process.
As we have seen time and again, Harvard’s system has already proven itself to be an efficient and fair process. “
In short, the admission process at University of California, Berkeley is a rigged process that will only be improved if Harvard is willing to implement its own process and adopt policies that will make the admission application process even more transparent and open to all applicants.
The University of Alabama adopted its own system in 2017 and has since expanded the admissions application to include more than 80 percent of applicants. “
It is time for the University to follow the example of the other top institutions in America, such as the University in Washington D.C., which implemented its own admissions process in 2017.
The University of Alabama adopted its own system in 2017 and has since expanded the admissions application to include more than 80 percent of applicants.
The admissions process that is being adopted at Harvard should not be subject to the same bias that has already been found to be in place in Berkeley, and will now only increase the pressure on students with higher scores and more test scores.”
In its report, the Council of Foreign Relations points to a number of factors that may lead to an increase in the number of students applying for admission, including: “increased enrollment of foreign students, particularly students from the Middle East and India, which may result in higher test scores.
Increased financial aid eligibility for foreign students may result, especially for Asian students.
Increased acceptance of students who are not as wealthy and academically prepared as the current student body may result.”
“In addition, increased financial aid enrollment may result from increased competition in the college marketplace, which could lead to higher tuition and other costs for students.”
“Increased pressure from the media and other potential students who may not necessarily agree with Harvard’s values and policies could also result.”
The Council on Global Affairs, an international think tank that supports democracy, is also concerned about the possible impact that increased competition could have on the number and quality of applicants to Harvard.
“Although there has been no direct evidence of a substantial increase in SAT scores, there are some signs that this is the case,” said Michael F. Kiley, the co-author of the Council report and a professor of sociology at Harvard.
In response to concerns raised by the council, Harvard released a statement this week saying that the university will continue to seek to increase diversity among the incoming student body.
“At Harvard, we are determined to ensure that every applicant is considered on a merit-based basis, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics, as we continue to develop our admission processes for incoming freshmen,” said Harvard University in a statement.
“As we have already done, we have made significant investments to increase the diversity of our student body, including the opening of our newly opened admissions office in the spring of 2021,