Education: First Week at Harvard

The dean of freshmen was pleased to find them "well lopsided." The dean of admissions glowed over their "fascinating mix of talents and interests." Brighter, taller, leaner and more bespectacled than ever, 1,216 freshmen marched into Harvard last week.

One-fifth were sons of fathers who never went to college; 57% came from public schools. Almost 10% entered as sophomores; 30% had scholarships, with a total value of $462,000. Confidently donning crisp chinos and loafers or white sneakers, they set out frankly to acquire "the Harvard label." Said one boy blandly: "After you get out...

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