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Academics and Extracurriculars

By Luca F. Schroeder and Pradeep Niroula

The Crimson's survey of more than 70 percent of incoming freshmen in Harvard College’s Class of 2020 asked them about their academic and extracurricular life in high school and their expectation of life in the classroom in college. Read Part II of The Crimson's three-part series on the freshman survey here.


  • Cheating on an Exam

  • Cheating on a Paper or Take-Home Assignment

  • Homework or Problem Sets

  • Cheating by Type of High School

    A larger proportion of respondents from public schools (charter and non-charter) reported cheating on an exam, paper, or take-home assignment than their private school (parochial and non-denominational) counterparts. Similarly, a larger proportion of respondents reported cheating on a paper or a take-home assignment than on an exam.

  • Cheating by Recruit Status

  • Recruit Cheating Breakdown

  • Cheating by Gender

In High School

  • Study Hours

  • Study Hours by School Type

    59.7 percent of respondents from public schools (charter and non-charter) reported studying for less than 19 hours a week in high school, while 58.3 of respondents from private schools reported studying for more than 19 hours a week in high school.

  • Math Level

  • Sources of Pressure

  • High School Extracurriculars

  • Participation in High School Athletics by Income

  • High School Extracurricular Leadership

    36.2 percent of respondents reported holding 3 or more "president" (or top leader) level leadership positions in their extracurricular activities.

  • Belief in Power of Student Government

    Respondents who had participated in student government were more likely to believe in the power of student government to affect change

At Harvard

  • Anticipated College Study Hours

  • Anticipated College Priorities

    Academics is the first priority for 85.3% percent of students.

  • Anticipated Secondaries and Language Citations

  • Anticipated Concentrations

  • Frats, Sororities, and Final Clubs

  • Frats, Sororities, and Final Clubs by School Type

    Students from private schools reported a greater interest in joining fraternities, sororities and final clubs than their peers from public schools.


  • Athletes at Harvard

  • Likelihood of Playing All Four Years

  • Athletics and Concussions

  • Preferences for Economics by Athletics

    Recruited students expressed interest in Economics as a concentration in larger proportion than their non-recruited peers.