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Academics and Extracurriculars at Harvard and Yale

By Amy L. Jia and Luke W. Vrotsos

Matching with trends displayed in the past three years, survey results indicate that Harvard’s incoming students are more interested in joining social groups than are their Yale counterparts.

At Harvard, 24 percent of freshmen said they would like to join a fraternity, sorority, or final club, compared to 19 percent at Yale. The difference is slightly less than it has been in past years. Yale freshmen are about as interested in social group membership as they were last year, according to the Yale Daily News’ freshman survey.

Unlike in previous years, roughly the same percentage of Harvard and Yale freshman respondents (19 percent) admitted to having cheated in an academic context. Last year, about 19 percent of Harvard respondents admitted to cheating, compared to 29 percent of Yale respondents.

Twelve percent of Harvard and 8 percent of Yale respondents indicated they had been recruited for a varsity sport.

Harvard and Yale freshmen were equally likely to report having attended a private school, whether parochial or not—at both universities, 38 percent said so.