Alert: Important Update
In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Admissions & Financial Aid Office staff are working remotely until further notice. Our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off campus. Therefore, our offices are closed but our main phone lines and email are operative during normal business hours (9 AM to 5 PM EST). No information sessions or campus tours will be offered at this time. Visitas, our admitted students weekend, will be held virtually.
Last Updated: March 17, 10:06am
We consider each application with care.
When reading an application, we get to know the person behind the numbers. We take into consideration your academic achievements, extracurricular activities, personal qualities, and life experiences. Just as there is no typical Harvard student, there is no ideal Harvard applicant. We look forward to learning more about you.
Frequently asked questions about applying
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.
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.
How to Apply
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, the Coalition Application, or the Universal College Application. We have no preference and each application is treated equally by the Admissions Committee. For a detailed guide to the application process, please read our application tips.
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.
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.