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 Harvard University,breaking with a major trend in college admissions,will eliminate its earlyadmissions program next year,with university officials arguing that such programs put low—incomeand minority applicants at a distinct disadvantage in the competition to get into selective universities?  For three decades Harvard has offered a particular form of early admissions,in which studentswho are accepted early still have the freedom to go elsewhere?Various forms of early admissionsare offered by hundreds of colleges and universities,with many requiring applicants to commitupfront(??)to attending the university if offered early admission?  The popularity of the procedure grew significantly in the 1 990’s,as colleges tried to increasetheir competitive advantage by locking in strong candidates early?B ut at Harvard and many otheruniversities officials have grown concerned that early admissions present a major obstacle to low—income and working class students?Such students have also been hurt by steep tuition increases andcompetition with students from wealthy families who pour thousands of dollars into collegeconsultants and tutoring?  Under binding early admission programs,students have to commit to a college long beforethey know how much aid they will be offered;whereas students who apply for admission in the regular cycle are able to compare financial—aid offerings from various colleges before making uptheft minds in April?Under Harvard’s early admissions program,students do not have to decideuntil May 1 whether to accept an admission offer?Even so,many potential applicants did notunderstand the distinction between Harvard’s program and those that require an upfront commitmentand were discouraged from applying?  Under Lawrence H?Summers,the Harvard president who left office in June,the universitytook a number of steps to make itself more accessible to poor and working—class students?The idea of abando

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