Harvard University’s incoming freshman class will be unlike any since its founding in 1636 — the majority of students are non-white.
The institution, which has made a concerted effort in recent years to become more diverse, confirmed that 50.8 percent of its class of 2021 are non-white.
“To become leaders in our diverse society, students must have the ability to work with people from different backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives. Harvard remains committed to enrolling diverse classes of students,” Harvard spokeswoman Rachael Dane said in a statement, The Boston Globe reported Thursday. “Harvard’s admissions process considers each applicant as a whole person, and we review many factors, consistent with the legal standards established by the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Harvard recruiters cast their nets across 150 different U.S. communities to find applicants during their search for viable candidates, the newspaper reported.
Last year’s incoming class was 47.3 percent non-white.
Minority graduate students at Cambridge’s famous institution made national headlines this year by hosting the first all-black graduation ceremony.