Harvard University’s Incoming Class of 2021

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An experienced coach and educator, Cory Olcott serves as an assistant coach for the Harvard University men’s water polo team. Cory Olcott holds an EdM in school leadership from Harvard, which recently announced the results of its selection process for the class of 2021.

For the incoming freshman class in the fall of 2017, Harvard University received a record number of 39,506 applications. Of these, the university has accepted 2,056 students. Of particular note is the continued rise in students from African-American and Asian-American backgrounds, as well as first-generation students, who make up 15.1 percent of the incoming class.

A diverse group, the class of 2021 has the following makeup: 49.2 percent are women, 22.2 percent Asian-American, 14.6 percent African-American, 11.6 percent Latino, 1.9 percent Native American, and 0.5 percent Native Hawaiian. Dedicated to educating students of all income levels, Harvard provides need-based assistance to most of its students. The school ensures that students from families with an annual income of $65,000 or less pay nothing toward their education.

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Cory Olcott

After years of teaching while coaching sports teams in California, Cory Olcott moved across the country to enroll in Harvard University's School Leadership Program, where he will earn his license to serve as a school administrator. While attending this program, Olcott also works as a Principal Intern at TechBoston Academy, where he observes teachers in the classroom and provides evaluations and feedback to help them improve their methods. Cory Olcott began his professional career as an English teacher, where he jump-started in-school water polo programs and helped lead one of his first teams to a 29-1 record. As Olcott changed schools over his career, he continued to serve various water polo clubs and programs as a coach. In three seasons as the head water polo coach at Palo Alto High School, Cory Olcott helped five players receive scholarships to Division I programs, while six of his players were honored as Academic All-Americans. Through his studies at Harvard University, Olcott is expanding on his knowledge of education through classes that prepare him for the administrative duties of running a school, including financial strategies, fundraising considerations, and leadership ethics. He is expected to earn his principal licensure in the summer of 2012. Cory Olcott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and his Master of Arts degree from Stanford University. Outside of work, Olcott enjoys swimming, running, skiing, exploring New England, and spending time with his son and daughter. He is a Co-Chair of the Northwestern 20th Reunion Committee and is a member of the Northwestern University Leadership Council.

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