Harvard Applications Hit Record High

School's tuition policy helps draw 29,000 hopeful students
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2009 5:12 PM CST
Harvard's Memorial Church.   (Flickr)

(Newser) – It's getting even harder to get into Harvard. A record 29,000 high school students have applied to be freshmen, an increase of 5.6% from the previous record set last year, the Boston Globe reports. School officials attribute the increase to a combination of the slow economy and its year-old policy of waiving or capping tuition for low-earning families. About 7% of the applicants, or 2,100 students, will be accepted.