Over 1,200 students submitted applications to Harvard-Westlake for grades seven through 12, Associate Director of Admission and Enrollment Management Nancy Jeon ’89 said. This is the second highest number of applications that the admissions office has received, having received the most applications in 2017.
The number of applications has grown incrementally over the past five years due to a more global reach, Jeon said. With national rankings and application materials easily available online, Jeon said more people have been interested in applying to Harvard-Westlake.
Associate Director of Admission Oscar Cancio ’04 has reached out to schools in neighborhoods that have traditionally not sent students to Harvard-Westlake, which contributed to the high number of applicants, Jeon said.
“We place great priority in our office in trying to find the best applicants from all over Los Angeles,” Jeon said.
The admissions office is continuing such efforts and looks forward to the strong incoming classes, Jeon said.
“It is more work, but it is exciting because we can really meet and choose the best candidates for our classes,” Jeon said. “There’s not one definition of what makes an applicant an excellent candidate for the school, and that’s great. Having such a diverse applicant pool will help us create a really diverse and strong class, and that’s exciting to work with.”