The Boston Globe reported this week that for the first time in Harvard University’s 381-year history, the majority of the students offered admission are not white.
The story is correct that 50.8% of the students admitted are minorities. But it is not the first time. In fact, the proportion is down slightly from 51.4% last year.
The data are released each spring and published in the official Harvard Gazette.
Of the 2,056 candidates offered admission this year, Asian Americans comprise 22.2%, followed by African Americans at 14.6%, Latinos at 11.6%, Native Americans at 1.9% and Native Hawaiians at 0.5%.
Of the 2,037 admitted last year, the breakdown was 22.1% Asian American, 14% African American, 12.7% Latino, 2.2% Native American and 0.4% Native Hawaiian.
Harvard spokeswoman Rachael Dane said the numbers in the Gazette were accurate. She declined to comment on the various reports hailing Harvard’s minority admission numbers as record-setting this year.
Staff writer Jaweed Kaleem contributed to this report.
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