Prestigious U.S. colleges reject more applicants than ever

04/3/2008 | NYTimes.com

Of the more than 27,000 students who applied to Harvard this year, nearly 93% were rejected, including many of the 5,800 with perfect reading or math SAT scores and more than 3,300 valedictorians. Several other Ivy League colleges set similar records, officials said, as decision letters were mailed this week. "We love the people we admitted, but we also love a very large number of the people who we were not able to admit," said William R. Fitzsimmons, Harvard's dean of admissions and financial aid.

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