Harvard and Princeton will again offer early admissions options to prospective students.
"We piloted the elimination of early action out of concern that college admissions had become too complex and pressured for all students, and out of particular concern for students at under-resourced high schools who might not be able to access the early admissions process," said Harvard President Drew Faust in a statement.
"Over the past several years, however, interest in early admissions has increased, as students and families from across the economic spectrum seek certainty about college choices and financing. Our goal now is to reinstitute an early-action program consistent with our bedrock commitment to access, affordability, and excellence," she said.
Harvard got rid of the admissions option in 2007. It will restore a nonbinding early action option this fall. Princeton's early admission program will go into effect early next year, the Daily Princetonian reports.
The Harvard Crimson has more on the school's admissions journey:
Harvard has been reevaluating its decision to move to a single admissions cycle since early this academic year. In November, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons '67 said in an interview with The Crimson that he did not expect any changes to the current program, "but we're a dynamic institution."
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