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Experts Say SCOTUS Nomination Threatens Harvard Admissions Lawsuit Ruling

President Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy V. Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Saturday may endanger Harvard’s chances of victory in the lawsuit against it by anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions, should the case proceed to the highest court in the land, higher education law experts say.

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Harvard, SFFA Spar Over Future of Affirmative Action in Appeal Hearing

The United States First Circuit Court of Appeals heard opening oral arguments Thursday afternoon from Harvard and anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions in the group’s appeal against the District Court’s November ruling that the College does not intentionally discriminate against Asian American applicants in its admissions process.

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Graduate School of Education Will Pause Doctoral Admissions for Fall 2021, Citing Financial Strain

The Harvard Graduate School of Education plans to pause its doctoral admissions for Fall 2021 due to the financial strain the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on the school, according to its website.

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Class of 2025 Athletic Recruits Say Potential Pandemic Postponements Won’t Faze Them

Despite the Ivy League’s decision to cancel fall sports, many athletic recruits committed to the Harvard College Class of 2025 say they stand by their choice.

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DOJ Issues Discrimination Findings Against Yale Amid Harvard Admissions Investigation, Lawsuit

The United States Department of Justice issued findings charging that Yale University discriminates against Asian American and white applicants, a move experts say goes hand in hand with simultaneous challenges to Harvard’s race-conscious admissions process.

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81 Percent of Class of 2024 Admits Accept Spots in the College Amid Pandemic Uncertainty

Roughly 81 percent of the admitted students to the College Class of 2024 will attend Harvard next year, the College announced Friday morning.

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Harvard Removes Standardized Testing Requirements for Class of 2025 Applicants

Applicants to the College Class of 2025 will no longer need to submit any standardized test scores, according to a Monday note from Harvard’s admissions office.

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Attorneys General, Major Companies Back Harvard Admissions Process on Appeal

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura T. Healey ’92, alongside attorneys general from 14 other states and the District of Columbia, filed a brief in a federal appeals court Thursday in support of Harvard University’s race-conscious admissions process.

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Harvard Files Reply Brief in Admissions Case Appeal

Harvard submitted a brief in a federal appeals court Thursday reiterating its arguments that Harvard College does not discriminate against Asian American applicants, marking the latest development in years of litigation over affirmative action in the College’s admissions process.

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As Coronavirus Creates Uncertainty, Admitted Students Weigh Whether to Attend Harvard

Prospective College freshmen often have to weigh a long list of concerns when deciding where to matriculate  — location, academics, housing, social scene. Entrants to the Class of 2024 have one more: how their school of choice will handle the coronavirus pandemic.

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Experts Weigh in on Future of ACT, SAT as Coronavirus Thwarts June Test Dates

As the ongoing coronavirus pandemic forces postponements, cancellations, and the possibility of online exams, higher education experts say colleges and universities should adopt flexible standardized testing policies for prospective students.

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Harvard International Students Face Travel Uncertainty Amid Pandemic

International Harvard College undergraduates could face uncertainty around travel, visa compliance, and immigration issues amid the coronavirus pandemic, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 said in a March 28 interview.

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For Class of 2024, Smaller Applicant Pools Meant Less Competitive Admissions at Harvard, Peers

In light of shrinking undergraduate applicant pools, admissions to a majority of Ivy League schools were less competitive for the Class of 2024 than in recent years.

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Harvard Students Host Virtual 'Black Visitas' for Prospective Freshmen

To supplement “Virtual Visitas” — Harvard College’s now-online admitted students weekend — student groups like the Harvard Black Students Association have organized “Black Visitas” to welcome new admits to Harvard and provide them with information about student life.

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First Day of Virtual Visitas Draws Mixed Reviews from Prospective Harvard Students

Virtual Visitas — the College’s adapted online welcome to the Class of 2024 — kicked off on Wednesday, drawing both positive responses and constructive criticism from students who participated in the events.

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