An equal partner in Harvard’s effort to achieve diversity within its student body is the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program (UMRP). For more than twenty-five years, the UMRP has assisted the Admissions Office in extending its reach to students who for reasons of history and circumstance might have considered Harvard inaccessible. As is true at many American colleges and universities, Harvard’s student population has changed dramatically in the past three decades. Today, African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American students constitute a significant presence at Harvard. In fact, minority students now comprise nearly forty percent of the student body.

The Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program assists the Admissions Office in extending its outreach to prospective students. The program is staffed by current undergraduates who coordinate recruitment efforts on behalf of African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American students. Coordinators are equipped to address a full range of questions concerning academic and extracurricular opportunities at Harvard, as well as social and residential life.

UMRP coordinators also are prepared to handle requests for campus visits, either day or overnight, special group information sessions, and tours. Office hours are maintained throughout the academic year, beginning in late September and ending in late May. The telephone number is 617-495-1514.

We cordially invite you to contact our office and to explore the several resources contained on this website. We look forward to hearing from you.