Harvard Applications Decline Following Anti-Semitism Controversy

The prestigious Harvard University has seen a noticeable decrease in the number of applications to the school, after many months of controversy over the university’s handling of anti-Semitism on campus, as well as other controversies involving plagiarism and forced diversity.

According to Just The News, Harvard saw a 5% decrease in the number of applications between last year and this year. While the class of 2027 saw about 57,000 applications for Harvard, the incoming class of 2028 saw about 54,000.

The controversy started in the immediate aftermath of the October 7th attacks against Israel by the Islamic terrorist group Hamas, which resulted in the deaths of over 1,400 Israelis. On the Harvard campus shortly thereafter, multiple demonstrations broke out in support of Hamas, which frequently featured anti-Semitic slurs and harassment of Jewish students.

After Congress launched an investigation into the university’s poor handling of anti-Semitism on campus, President Claudine Gay initially remained stubborn in her defense of the university’s conduct before eventually resigning from her position in January. It was later revealed that she had committed numerous acts of plagiarism over the course of her career.

Other elite universities have recorded a similar trend with regards to declining applications. Brown University also saw a 5% decrease compared to last year, while the University of California Berkeley saw a 1% decrease in the same time period. All three universities are currently being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education over discrimination against Jewish students on campus, in addition to the ongoing investigation by the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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