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Harvard University

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Established in 1636 and named for clergyman John Harvard (its first benefactor), its history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world's most prestigious universities.

A. Lawrence Lowell, who followed Eliot, further reformed the undergraduate curriculum and undertook aggressive expansion of Harvard's land holdings and physical plant. James Bryant Conant led the university through the Great Depression and World War II and began to reform the curriculum and liberalize admissions after the war. The undergraduate college became coeducational after its 1977 merger with Radcliffe College.

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Harvard Admissions tailored to admit future $ donors

I began to read this NY Times article seriously until I got to "He[Steve Schwarzman] also announced his $150 million gift to Yale, to erect a monument to our idiocy." This satirical piece did get quite a few laughs from me and certainly supports the Harvard stereotype of a full-of-itself college. Still, exaggerations are exaggerations and it would do well to remember that no admissions system is designed to specifically identify future donors (although legacies...) On a different note, by the end of this article I felt the originally clever, witty and humorous points had been belabored to the extent that the article simply seemed like it was "trying too hard". Satire is something that has to be appreciated in moderation.

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