Twenty-nine students from Cambridge, including 17 from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS), were among those receiving acceptance emails from Harvard College last month. Similarly, 34 Boston residents, 22 of them from the Boston Public Schools, received notifications that they were accepted to Harvard. Two hundred and forty nine students from Massachusetts were admitted to Harvard’s incoming class of 2021; 25% of those were from either Boston or Cambridge.
“Since 1636, Harvard has fostered close relationships with our local schools,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. “Each year, we make special efforts to identify and encourage talented students from Cambridge and Boston, and throughout Massachusetts, to apply to Harvard. As the number of applicants continues to rise each year, we are pleased that so many exceptional local students choose to apply and are admitted.”
Cambridge and Boston schools have historically been pipelines to Harvard, as 99 Cambridge residents, 60 of them CRLS graduates, were admitted during the last five years. Similarly, 171 Boston residents, 125 of them graduates of the Boston Public Schools, were admitted to Harvard over the past five years.
Harvard has a generous financial aid package as families with annual incomes of $65,000 or less a year pay nothing towards the total cost of their child’s education. Additionally, 70 percent of students receiving aid obtain grant awards that cover the full cost of tuition. More than 75% of the class of 2016 graduated from Harvard debt free. And those who did borrow had an average of $10,200 in debt, compared to the national average of $35,000. Harvard’s undergraduate financial aid award budget has increased over 114% since the launch of the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative, from $80 million in 2005, to more than $172 million in 2016.