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Enrollment at Harvard and Yale Down 20 Percent After Moving to Online Classes

Enrollment at Harvard and Yale Down 20 Percent After Moving to Online Classes

“difference in enrollment at Harvard from 2019-2020 is about a 22 percent drop”

You know that if this is happening at Harvard and Yale other schools are experiencing the same problem.

Campus Reform reports:

Harvard, Yale enrollments down 20 percent after moving online

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, about 20 percent of Harvard and Yale University students will not re-enroll at the Ivy League schools this fall.

An email sent to Harvard students from Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay iterated the same fate for Harvard, the Harvard Crimson reported. A similar, if not identical announcement, was posted on Harvard’s website, confirming that 5,231 students intend to enroll for the fall semester. As the Harvard Crimson noted, data from the previous year show that 6,755 enrolled at Harvard in 2019.

The difference in enrollment at Harvard from 2019-2020 is about a 22 percent drop. This news comes one month after Harvard announced that fall classes will be offered online only and that only 40 percent of students, including all first-year students, would be allowed to return to campus.

An email sent by Yale College Dean Marvin Chun reportedly stated that more than half of Yale students will live on or near campus while about 25 percent percent of students will enroll remotely. However, fall enrollment is low among some student populations; for example, only 70 percent of sophomores, who are barred from campus, will be taking online classes this fall.

In July, Yale announced that “Undergraduate seniors and juniors may be on campus for the full year. First-year students may study on campus during the fall 2020 semester only, and sophomores during the spring semester of 2021 only.”

Chun told the Yale Daily News that “enrollments will be larger when students on leave return to campus, and meeting the needs of the larger student body will require creative solutions.”


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This is a good time for students who really, really want to get into the Ivies to apply as freshmen or as transfer students. All of the schools are hurting for tuition, and they are much more willing this year to take those kinds of students who couldn’t get in under normal circumstances.

If you’re not a minority, a legacy, or an athlete, and you don’t qualify for regional diversity (Nevada, Montana, etc), and you don’t come from a fancy preppie school like Andover or Exeter, your chances of getting into Harvard are usually slim regardless of your GPA and test scores. This year, the admissions people are having to look more carefully at students who don’t have any of these privileged advantages.

So a middle-class white student graduating first in his class from a high school in Flushing might very well get in this year, either as a freshman or as a transfer from a community college. It’s worth a try.

Oberlin went to a 3 term system; Fall, Spring, Summer, to spread the 3000 students out to 2000 per term to ease crowding. But my SWAG is that they will likely see 1800, 1500, and 1200 respectively, because those with money will choose to go elsewhere or take a gap year if they aren’t offered their frist choice. Seeing the Harvard numbers may have made me optimistic for Oberlin. Oberlin students who live in large cities will have their choice of local schools to attend for one or two semesters. Bob Piron, an emeritus econ prof who called Oberlin “nuts” at the start of the Gibson’s debacle could probably shed a little light for them on this thing called supply and demand, of which socialists seem to be wildly ignorant.

I just love how all of these idiots piled onto the covid scam without looking 6 months down the road to see that a pathetic attempt to unseat Trump is going to be the complete ruin of most of them. If I were John Ross, I would trademark “Unintended Consequences” because it will soon rear its ugly head in many different sectors.

healthguyfsu | August 9, 2020 at 7:20 pm

I think these schools will be hit harder than others.

Their whole justification for the exorbitant price tag and the premiums of their product are the human network formed and the on-campus resources. There’s a reason there wasn’t a “Harvard/Yale/Princeton Online” before now. There might be going forward, but that will just be a vehicle to recoup lost revenue.

I think these numbers actually reflect a double whammy of COVID plus cost. The Ivies are RIDICULOUSLY expensive, and the whole “meet needs” BS is just that-BS. Our EFC for MIT would have been 1/3 of our GROSS income (interestingly enough, about the same amount required for health insurance, which we also cannot afford.)

Trajan Fanzine | August 11, 2020 at 12:10 pm

This is my sad face…