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Thesis Deadlines Pushed

Some Departments Delay Senior Thesis Deadlines Due to Covid-19 Disruptions

In light of challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, some academic departments extended deadlines for College seniors to submit their theses this spring.

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Students for Fair Admissions Petitions SCOTUS to Take Up Suit Against Harvard’s Race-Conscious Admissions

The anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions petitioned the United States Supreme Court Thursday to review a lower court’s decision upholding Harvard’s race-conscious admissions practices, marking the latest development in a nearly seven-year-long, high-profile legal battle that could determine the future of race-conscious admissions in higher education.

Transfer Students

Transfer Students Report Feelings of Isolation During Remote Academic Year

Already facing a difficult transition, the coronavirus pandemic and a remote academic year has made it even harder for transfer students to find their footing at Harvard, several such students said.

Spring 2021 Enrollment Numbers Graphic

5,177 Undergraduates Enrolled at Harvard for Spring Semester, Continuing Lower Enrollment Trend Amid Covid-19

The number of enrolled undergraduates remains roughly 20 percent below enrollment levels during previous academic years as the College continues to operate remotely due to the pandemic.

College Application No Standardized Test

Admissions Experts Unsurprised by Elimination of SAT Subject Tests and Essay

Some admissions officers and college counselors said they were unsurprised by College Board’s decision to discontinue the SAT Subject Tests and SAT with essay, but remain unsure about how the decision will impact the admissions process going forward.

DOJ and Yale

Justice Department Drops Yale Admissions Lawsuit, Signifying Likely Shift in Harvard Suit

The U.S. Department of Justice dropped a lawsuit accusing Yale University of discriminating against Asian American and white applicants on Wednesday, leaving it all but inevitable that the new presidential administration will withdraw its support for a similar suit against Harvard.

Harvard College Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Harvard Removes Standardized Testing Requirement for Class of 2026 Applicants

Applicants to Harvard’s Class of 2026 will not be required to submit standardized test scores as part of their application to the College, the Admissions Office announced Friday.

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‘I Wasn’t Able to Make Any Connections’: After Completing Virtual Fall, Some Undergrads Forgo Spring Semester

Faced with another semester online, a lost year of athletics eligibility, and a dearth of social interaction, some students who took classes in the fall opted to take the spring off.

Katherine Merseth Speaks

Hundreds of Harvard Affiliates Petition to Renew Popular Education Gen Ed

In wake of the College’s decision to cut a popular education course from its fall offerings, undergraduates released a petition on Monday calling on Harvard’s administration to reconsider.

Tercentenary Theatre (First Day of Classes)

Across the World, Harvard Students Log onto Zoom for First Day of Spring Semester

Despite being scattered across the globe, all enrolled Harvard students faced the same experience Monday — the start of the spring semester.

Harvard College Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Harvard College Receives Record-High 57,000 Applications, Delays Admissions Release Date

More than 57,000 students applied for a spot in Harvard College’s Class of 2025, marking a record high and forcing the Admissions Office to push back its decision release date by roughly a week, the office announced Thursday.

Biden and Khurana

Harvard and the Biden Administration

As Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th U.S. president Wednesday, a team of Crimson reporters explored how the Biden administration will affect international students, admissions, labor, and everything in between at Harvard. Here's a look at how the Biden administration will reshape the University — and what role Harvard will play in shaping it.

Smitha Haneef HUDS Managing Director

Harvard University Dining Services Appoints New Managing Director

Smitha S. H. Haneef will serve as the new Managing Director for Harvard University Dining Services, Harvard Campus Services announced Monday.

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Student Life

College Moves Forward with Spring Semester Plans Despite Covid-19 Surge

Amid skyrocketing nationwide case counts of Covid-19, Harvard administrators announced Monday that the College is cautiously moving forward with welcoming increased numbers of students back to campus for the spring semester.

Rayhan Asat

70 Harvard Organizations Demand Law School Graduate's Brother Be Released from Chinese Detention Camp

More than 70 Harvard student organizations from across the University signed a statement demanding the release of Ekpar Asat — the brother of Rayhan Asat, Harvard Law School’s first Uighur graduate — from a Xinjiang internment camp.