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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 or Universal College Application, along with the required supplements. You will need to submit:

  • Common/Universal College Application
  • Harvard College Questions and Writing Supplement for the Common Application
  • $75 fee or a fee waiver
  • SAT or ACT with Writing
  • 2 SAT Subject Tests
  • 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:

  • Common/Universal College Transfer Application
  • Harvard College Questions and Writing Supplement for the Common Application
  • $75 fee or a fee waiver
  • SAT or ACT with Writing
  • College (or 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
  • 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

$0

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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