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Record Number of Latinos Admitted to Harvard, Perhaps

  • CAMBRIDGE, MA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Students enter the Admissions Building on the campus of Harvard University September 12, 2006 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard has announced that it will end early admissions next year, citing  criticism that it favors wealthier students and hinders those seeking financial aid since the deadlines for aid are much later.  (Photo by Glen Cooper/Getty Images)

    CAMBRIDGE, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Students enter the Admissions Building on the campus of Harvard University September 12, 2006 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard has announced that it will end early admissions next year, citing criticism that it favors wealthier students and hinders those seeking financial aid since the deadlines for aid are much later. (Photo by Glen Cooper/Getty Images)  (2006 Getty Images)

  • CAMBRIDGE, MA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Students enter the Admissions Building on the campus of Harvard University September 12, 2006 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard has announced that it will end early admissions next year, citing  criticism that it favors wealthier students and hinders those seeking financial aid since the deadlines for aid are much later.  (Photo by Glen Cooper/Getty Images)

    CAMBRIDGE, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Students enter the Admissions Building on the campus of Harvard University September 12, 2006 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard has announced that it will end early admissions next year, citing criticism that it favors wealthier students and hinders those seeking financial aid since the deadlines for aid are much later. (Photo by Glen Cooper/Getty Images)  (2006 Getty Images)

Harvard College may have admitted a record number of Latino students this year -- 12.1 percent of the 2,158 total students admitted to the Ivy League school were Hispanic, the college says.

Although collection numbers were reported differently last year, the college said “it is likely” the college set records in minority representation this year.

The college also admitted 17.8 percent Asian Americans, 11.8 percent African Americans and 1.9 percent Native Americans. The students have until May 1 to accept or decline their offers.

Last year, 10.3 percent of Latinos were admitted, though the figures were tallied differently this year to comply with federal requirements.

Harvard said it actively recruits students from all backgrounds, with admission officers visiting all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Mexico, according to Jennifer Gandy, director of the Joint Travel Program.

About 35,000 students applied to Harvard. Of that, 6.2 percent were accepted.

“Our colleges and universities are reaching out more than ever before for students with remarkable personal qualities and character who can play leadership roles in addressing the many urgent challenges facing us,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid.

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