42% of Harvard Freshmen Admit to Cheating Survey won't exactly help university's image issues By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Sep 6, 2013 1:32 PM CDT 83 comments Comments Pedestrians walk through a gate on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) (Newser) – To get into Harvard, you have to be the best and the brightest—or at least copy off the best and brightest's paper. In a Harvard Crimson survey, 10% of incoming freshmen said they'd cheated on a test, 17% admitted cheating on a paper or take-home project, and 42% admitted cheating on a homework assignment. All of those numbers went up among athletic recruits, and among men. The survey covered 1,300 students, or 80% of the incoming class. The numbers are not likely to help the university recoup its image in the wake of its cheating scandal, the LA Times points out. A Harvard spokesman responded to the report by pointing out that cheating was "a national problem," but said Harvard was taking action against cheating "through faculty and presentations to students."