Uncategorized | 10:16 pm | February 9, 2011 | By Emily Wanger

Harvard will not increase class size

Harvard, like Yale, isn’t planning to open its gates to more students this spring, despite outsiders’ urgings.

On Tuesday, Harvard Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons told the Harvard Crimson that the University has already reached its maximum class size, so the incoming freshman class will not likely be larger than the class of 2014.

This declaration comes in the midst of education professionals’ worries that the increased competition for admission to top colleges is causing high levels of stress among high school students – to the detriment of their high school experiences.

“We would love to be able to admit more people, but there’s no place to put them,” Fitzsimmons told the Crimson. “There are constraints.”

In a January 20 e-mail, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeffrey Brenzel said Yale expects to admit a bit over 2,000 students total, around the same number as last year. Since Yale received about 5 percent more applications this year than it did last year, this means its admissions rate will most likely decline slightly, said Brenzel.

Yale will notify its regular applicants of their admissions decision online by April 1.

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