Sixty-five percent of the young adults starting at Harvard this fall are virgins, which is either a lot or not surprising, depending on your personal feelings concerning the sexual activities of recent high school graduates who happen to be smart, ambitious and, probably, pretty busy to begin with. The Harvard Crimson rolled out the 4th part of its survey of the class of 2017, and the stats suggest a lack of amorous activity Cambridge's newest arrivals. "They scored well on the SATs, but it appears Harvard freshmen aren't quite as good at scoring in bed," writes The Crimson. "Only 35 percent of the Class of 2017 had sex before coming to Harvard."
Those who have done the deed, as the young folks say, were more likely to be male, private school students, homosexual or bisexual, and Jewish. Also, a little over half of this fall's recruited athletes had sealed the deal at one point in their lives. At the other end of the spectrum, no student who self identified as Mormon reported ever having bumped uglies.
The 65 percent majority of students — and especially the five out of six home schooled students who identified as virgins — can rest easy though, because most American kids actually don't have sex while they're in high school. A 2011 study by the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that less than a third of high school graduates had lost their virginity. And in what may or may not be encouraging news, about of quarter of college seniors are virgins as well.
Previous installments of this year's survey found that Harvard's incoming class has a lot of Northeastern kids from the suburbs, that 70 percent of their parents make $80,000 or more a year and that there are way too many cheaters. At least they're honest about their sexual activity — or lack thereof.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.
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