For the first time since it was created 380 years ago, Harvard University in the United States has the majority of freshmen made up of minorities or so-called “nonwhite” groups. 50.8% of the population are Asian (22.2%) and African American (14.6%), Latinos (11.6%), Indians and Islands of the Pacific Ocean (2.5%).
Some 39,500 students have tried a place at Harvard, one of the most prestigious institutions in the world, which has affirmative action in its selection process. Of these, 2,038 were admitted, with the start of classes this month and graduation forecast in 2021. In the previous selection process, the proportion of non-white incomers had been 47.3%.
In all, Harvard has 22,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all American states and 80 countries. According to the rectory, 60% of undergraduates receive some form of financial aid, such as grants or loans. Low-income college students are the focus of this aid program.
The profile of the student was published days after the institution became involved in a controversy. According to the New York Times, the US Justice Department was preparing to investigate elite universities – including Harvard – for alleged discrimination against white candidates in the admissions process.
The agency later reported that the investigation, in fact, involved only one complaint, related to alleged discrimination against American applicants of Asian descent. For experts, the intent may reveal conservative bias of the Department of Justice in managing Donald Trump.