Harvard Applications Up 50% in 4 Years School sees 50% jump in applications over 4 years By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Jan 21, 2011 8:58 AM CST 5 comments Comments In this Nov. 13, 2009 file photo, a woman enters the Widener Library at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, file) (Newser) – Harvard has drawn 35,000 applications this year—a 15% increase over last year and a whopping 50% increase in four years. That means about 6% of Class of 2014 applicants will be admitted, compared to about 9% of Class of 2010 applicants. About one in 50 high school seniors now applies to Harvard, writes Daniel de Vise in the Washington Post. That’s largely due to students each applying to a greater number of schools, pushing peers to do the same in a “self-perpetuating cycle,” De Vise notes, adding that the "30,000 club is growing"—Northwestern and Penn both entered it this year.