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Harvard freshmen arrived on campus at the end of August and have started their first semester classes at the Ivy League school.
Since then, the school’s student paper, The Harvard Crimson, surveyed freshmen on questions pertaining to academics, social life, and family characteristics. The Crimson published the results of the survey, which it conducts annually, offering a glimpse into the makeup of the class of 2021.
The survey is optional, and more than half of the class participated.
Here are eight noteworthy facts about the newest class of Harvard freshmen:
The majority of students consider themselves to be liberal. Forty-one percent described themselves as “somewhat liberal,” 28% “very liberal,” 19% as “moderate,” 9% as “conservative,” and 2.5% as “very conservative.” About 41% are legacy students.Sixty-two percent have never had sex, 72% have never tried marijuana, and 36% have never had alcohol.Ten percent of the survey respondents are recruited athletes.Fifty-six percent received financial aid from Harvard.Fifty-three percent are early admits.For 19%, Harvard wasn’t their top choiceAnticipated majors are mixed with 39% choosing the social sciences, 29% sciences, 21% engineering and applied sciences, and 11% arts and humanities.