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Harvard attracts record number of undergrad applications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard University has received a record 42,700 applications for the next freshman class.

Officials at the Ivy League school announced Tuesday that the number of applications is 8 percent higher than the 39,500 received last year, with 5 percent of the candidates were admitted.

Harvard, says that more students are encouraged by the financial support of the policy of responsible students on the basis of the family income.

Dean of Admissions William Fitzsimmons says the students “are excited to learn that Harvard is open to excellent students from all economic backgrounds.”

The university attracted more applications from minorities this year, including 19 percent of African Americans and 15 percent increase of the Asian Americans.

Requests from students who are interested in computer science grew by 20 percent, more than any other area.

Slightly more than half of the candidates were women.

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