Starting an Application

For all first-year and transfer applicants, your first step will be to fill out and submit an application. You can do so through the Common Application which opens on August 1 or the Coalition Application - Powered by Scoir, which opens on September 1.

We have no preference and each application is treated equally by the Admissions Committee. 

Application Requirements

All applicants—both international and U.S. candidates, first-year and transfer—must complete the following application components:

  • Common Application or apply Coalition, Powered by Scoir
  • Harvard College Questions for the Common Application, or Coalition Application Harvard supplement
  • $85 fee (or request a fee waiver)
  • SAT or ACT (with or without writing) - optional for 2022-2026 application cycles
  • Optional: AP or other examination results
  • For first-year:
    • School Report (which includes a counselor letter) and high school transcript
    • Teacher Report (2)
    • Midyear School Report (after your first semester grades)
    • Final School Report (for admitted students only)
  • For transfer:
    • College/Dean’s/Registrar’s report
    • Official College Transcript
    • College Instructor Recommendations (2)
    • Official High School Transcript

Click below to learn more about each component. 

Timeline

Admissions Deadlines

November 1

Restrictive Early Action application deadline - learn more about Restrictive Early Action.

January 1

Regular Decision application deadline

March 1

Transfer application deadline

What We Look For

We seek students who will contribute to our community—and to society throughout their lives.


Academic achievement is important, but it's only part of what we consider when making decisions. We look for applicants who are curious, determined, and creative. We take into account special talents or successes that might not appear on a transcript. We appreciate unique perspectives formed by personal circumstances. These qualities help prepare students to make the most of their education.

Application Tips

Get step-by-step tips on filling out your college application. From the application fee waiver to the writing supplement, we've gathered some tips to help you complete your application.

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U.S. Military Veterans

Individuals who have served in the U.S. military bring valuable perspectives to our community and we welcome applications from veterans for both first-year and transfer admission. If you are a veteran, please review the information on our U.S. Military Veterans page. There, you'll find details on whether to apply as a first-year or transfer student, financial aid, and making the transition to college life. 

International Applicants

We welcome applications from all over the world. Our admissions and financial aid processes are the same for all applicants - regardless of nationality or citizenship.

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