Harvard Swamped by Early Applications
Early admissions program reinstated for first time since 2007
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2011 9:38 AM CST
People walk around the Harvard University''s main campus December 19, 2000 in Cambridge, MA.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The Occupy movement has reached some college campuses, including Harvard, with some demonstrators protesting high tuition. But apparently current high school students have not been swayed, because Harvard has been absolutely flooded with early applications: 4,245 as of yesterday, to be exact, a number that is more than twice next year’s anticipated freshman class.

The early admission program prohibits students from filing any other early applications with other private US colleges, and it was last in place at Harvard in 2007, the New York Times reports. This year saw a 5.9% increase in applications from that year, while Yale saw an 18% decrease from last year—perhaps an effect of Harvard and Princeton both reinstating the program.