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Application Requirements

Details for Freshmen, Transfer, and Visiting Students

Freshman applicants

All freshman applicants—both international and U.S. candidates—must complete the Common Application, the Universal College Application, or the Coalition Application along with the required supplements. You will need to submit:

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or Universal College Application
  • Harvard College Questions for the Common Application, Coalition Application, or the Universal College Application Harvard supplement
  • $75 fee (or request a fee waiver)
  • ACT with writing, new SAT with writing, or old SAT
  • 2 SAT Subject Tests (normally required, except in the case of financial hardship
  • School Report and high school transcript
  • Teacher Report (2)
  • Mid-Year School Report
  • Final School Report

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Application Deadline: November 1 (Early Action), January 1 (Regular Decision)

Transfer applicants

All transfer applicants must complete an application, along with our Supplement and some special forms for transfers. This includes:

  • Transfer application from the Common Application, Coalition Application, or Universal Application
  • Harvard College Questions and Writing Supplement for the Common Application
  • $75 fee or a fee waiver
  • ACT with writing or old SAT or new SAT with writing
  • TOEFL (if you did not attend high school in the US or an English-language high school)
  • College/Dean’s/Registrar’s report
  • College Transcript
  • College Instructor Recommendation (2)
  • High School Transcript

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Application Deadline: March 1 for the fall term 

Visiting undergraduate applicants

There is a unique application for Visiting Undergraduate Students from another institution who spend a semester or year studying at Harvard. The requirements include: 

  • VUS Application
  • $75 application fee
  • Tentative Plan of Study
  • TOEFL (if your native language is not English)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Dean’s Letter of Permission
  • Faculty Recommendation (2)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Official high school transcript
  • Official university transcript

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Application Deadline: April 1 for fall term. October 1 for spring term


Facts About Financial Aid


Amount that parents making less than $65,000 are expected to contribute.

Ninety percent of American families would pay the same or less to send their children to Harvard as they would a state school.


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