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Vivi E. Lu

Crimson staff writer Vivi E. Lu can be reached at vivi.lu@thecrimson.com.

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Students for Fair Admissions Petitions SCOTUS to Take Up Suit Against Harvard’s Race-Conscious Admissions

The anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions petitioned the United States Supreme Court Thursday to review a lower court’s decision upholding Harvard’s race-conscious admissions practices, marking the latest development in a nearly seven-year-long, high-profile legal battle that could determine the future of race-conscious admissions in higher education.

Transfer Students
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Transfer Students Report Feelings of Isolation During Remote Academic Year

Already facing a difficult transition, the coronavirus pandemic and a remote academic year has made it even harder for transfer students to find their footing at Harvard, several such students said.

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Admissions Experts Unsurprised by Elimination of SAT Subject Tests and Essay

Some admissions officers and college counselors said they were unsurprised by College Board’s decision to discontinue the SAT Subject Tests and SAT with essay, but remain unsure about how the decision will impact the admissions process going forward.

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Harvard Removes Standardized Testing Requirement for Class of 2026 Applicants

Applicants to Harvard’s Class of 2026 will not be required to submit standardized test scores as part of their application to the College, the Admissions Office announced Friday.

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College Board Eliminates SAT Subject Tests and Essay

The College Board will permanently eliminate the SAT Subject Tests or SAT with essay to better adapt to the pandemic-era admissions process, the company announced last Tuesday.

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Harvard College Receives Record-High 57,000 Applications, Delays Admissions Release Date

More than 57,000 students applied for a spot in Harvard College’s Class of 2025, marking a record high and forcing the Admissions Office to push back its decision release date by roughly a week, the office announced Thursday.

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‘Complete Switch in Position’: Legal Experts Say Biden Likely to Back Harvard in Race-Conscious Admissions Suit

Many education and legal experts expect President-elect Joe Biden's Justice Department will extend support to universities — including Harvard — currently embroiled in legal challenges from anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions.

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Students Admitted Early to Class of 2025 React with Surprise, Elation

Early admits to Harvard College's Class of 2025 said they reacted with surprise and gratitude at receiving their acceptance letters.

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Despite Decrease in Concentrators, Students and Faculty Alike Defend the Humanities

Of the 18 concentrations in the Arts and Humanities division, 10 have experienced significant decreases in numbers of concentrators, six remained relatively steady, and two saw slight increases between 2015 and 2019.

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Harris and Gan Pledge to ‘Build Tomorrow’s Harvard’ at UC

Harris, a Government concentrator and a junior in Dunster House, currently co-chairs the Council’s Black Caucus and serves as UC Treasurer. A junior studying Neuroscience in Leverett House, Gan has served as First Year Class Committee Chair and Student-Faculty Committee Director.

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Harvard Researchers Confirm First Earth-Sized Exoplanet in Habitable Zone

Researchers at Harvard, MIT, and other institutions used a new telescope to confirm the existence of the first Earth-sized planet outside our solar system in a habitable zone, a step toward understanding how life formed on Earth and could form in other solar systems.

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Harvard Scientists Reconsider the Possibility of Life on Venus

Researchers at Harvard, the Paris Observatory, and MIT, among other institutions, have found that Venus’s atmosphere may not contain phosphine gas, a possible indicator of life, contradicting the results of a study published last month.

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Harvard Visualization Scientist Helps Translate Space Images Into Music

A scientist from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the SYSTEM Sounds team created a new technique that turns cosmic images into music.

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Harvard Researchers’ 3D Simulation May Help Explain Saturn’s Hexagonal Storm

Two Harvard researchers developed a 3D simulation that may help explain the hexagonal pattern of a large storm observed on Saturn.

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Research Estimates Fewer than 10 Percent of U.S. Adults Have COVID Antibodies

Researchers from Stanford University have estimated that fewer than one tenth of the American adult population have COVID-19 antibodies, suggesting that the U.S. is still far from achieving herd immunity.

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