February 24th, 2011 | Uncategorized

Early action returns to Harvard

Harvard has decided to bring back early action.

Applicants to Harvard’s class of 2016 will be able to apply early under a non-binding early action admissions program, the Crimson reported. The change comes after a year of reevaluating Harvard’s decision in 2006 to discontinue its early action program.

Harvard Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael Smith said in a statement that the University noticed “that many highly talented students, including some of the best-prepared low-income and underrepresented minority students, were choosing programs with an early-action option, and therefore missing out on the opportunity to consider Harvard,” according to the Crimson.

In the fall of 2006, Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Virginia decided to eliminate their early admissions program. This November, the University of Virginia reintroduced a new early action program.