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Harvard University Admissions Aims at the Future

Carolyn Means - Monday, May 23, 2016

William Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Harvard University, addressed a special session of the Independent Educational Consultants Association at our Spring Conference in Boston. He shared his compelling story as a student whose parents owned a failing gas station in the mid-West and how he managed in the Harvard world of wealthy students. He joked that it was at Harvard where he learned that “summer” was a verb. The current Harvard admission policy is informed by their “Futures” exercise which aims each year to select Freshman class candidates who will make the biggest difference to the education of each other over four years. Incoming students for Fall 2016 include a female tae-kwon-do champion from Honduras and a girl who lives on a farm near nothing and raises cows. For these students, a Harvard education can transform their world and ours. Harvard now has a special fund for students who need it so they can enrich their university experience by attending a concert, a museum event, or even buy shoes – as Fitzsimmons struggled to do.


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