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Application Requirements

Details for Freshmen, Transfer, and Visiting Students

First-year applicants

All first-year 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 or SAT (with or without writing)
  • 2 SAT Subject Tests (recommended, except in the case of financial hardship. International students in particular may wish to learn more here.) 
  • Optional: AP or other examination results
  • School Report and high school transcript
  • Teacher Report (2)
  • Midyear 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 or SAT (with or without writing)
  • 2 SAT Subject Tests (recommended, except in the case of financial hardship. International students in particular may wish to learn more here.)
  • Optional: AP or other examination results
  • 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
  • TOEFL (if your native language is not English)
  • Optional: ACT or SAT (with or without writing)
  • 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

 

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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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