Education: Getting Smarter All the Time

Casting a comfortable glance at the hordes outside its doors, Harvard this week totted up the effect that higher and higher selectivity is having on its own products. Of this June's 989 graduates:

¶More (52%) graduated from Harvard with honors than without. The main upsurge was in magna cum laude degrees (179) and cum laudes (300), which were won by 48% of the graduating class.

¶Dozens won other prizes. Among them: 28 Woodrow Wilson Fellowships, 20 National Science Foundation Fellowships, twelve Fulbright grants, six Marshall Scholarships and seven Rhodes Scholarships, the largest number from any one college in history.

¶A record...

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