The Value of a Diverse Education

When evaluating applicants from among the large pool of academically qualified students who seek a place in the freshman class, Harvard—like many of the country’s colleges and universities— considers the whole person, not just an applicant’s grades and test scores.

Harvard College does not discriminate against applicants from any group in its admissions processes. We will continue to vigorously defend the right of Harvard, and other colleges and universities, to seek the educational benefits that come from a class that is diverse on multiple dimensions, from its capacity for academic excellence to its ability to help create a campus community that gives each student the opportunity to learn from peers with a wide variety of academic interests, perspectives, and talents.