Students Get Harvard Admissions Offers Rescinded After Posting Offensive Memes on Facebook


Harvard University administrators were like, “You thought,” after they became aware of a secret Facebook group in which incoming freshmen posted offensive memes after they were accepted at the Ivy League school.

At least 10 students are now on the hunt for a new college to attend this fall after they learned that not everything needs to be posted on social media. According to the Harvard Crimson, the Facebook group was called “Harvard Memes for Horny Bourgeois Teens.” Some of the shared memes targeted racial groups or focused on sexual assault and child abuse. One example of a meme posted called a Mexican child “piñata time.”

The university learned about the group in April and asked the students to submit statements about their activities in the group.


“The Admissions Committee was disappointed to learn that several students in a private group chat for the Class of 2021 were sending messages that contained offensive messages and graphics,” reads a copy of the admissions office’s email obtained by the Crimson. “As we understand you were among the members contributing such material to this chat, we are asking that you submit a statement by tomorrow at noon to explain your contributions and actions for discussion with the Admissions Committee.”

Shortly after, their offers of admission were rescinded. And now they won’t be able to say, “I parked my car in Harvard Yard.” Of course, there are students who said that the university’s decision was unfair because the Facebook group was not affiliated with the university. But nowadays, that’s how the cookie crumbles when you want to act a fool on social media and use your real name.

Bye, Kinja! It's been fun (occasionally).

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How did they find out about the group unless it was public? I don’t get having your social media set to public in nearly any circumstance, except the most banal.

But, in this case, I’m glad they were stupid so we can root out these sorts of douche canoes. 

Finally, their name name smacks of unappreciated privilege