Deirdre Fernandes

Covers the steep price students pay to earn a degree and the money behind the region’s education economy. Since joining the Globe in 2011, Fernandes has covered insurance, banking, and the economy, writing about how changes in the industry are altering the consumer experience. She previously worked for The Virginian-Pilot, in Norfolk, Virginia and papers in North Carolina, before returning to Massachusetts. She grew up in Sudbury.

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Harvard defends its admissions practices, calls its foe a ‘wolf’

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Friday marked the final day of a three-week trial that could upend the use of affirmative action on college campuses.

Plaintiff says suit led Harvard to alter guidelines on race

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Students for Fair Admissions insisted its lawsuit against Harvard and the media attention it has drawn prompted the college to alter instructions to staffers.

As trial loomed, Harvard changed guidance for admissions officers

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Harvard’s updated guidelines explicitly tell admissions officials evaluating the crop of students for the class of 2023 when to consider an applicant’s race.

Harvard weighs more than 200 variables from applicants. Here’s how you can get in

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Take Greek instead of coding. Skip the figure-skating lessons, play hockey. Move to Wyoming, get a part-time job, develop spark, cultivate grit, learn with joy! And if you can afford to buy Harvard University a new building, do.