Timelines for Early Action or Regular Decision Applicants
You may apply to Harvard under either our Early Action or our Regular Decision program, both of which allow you to compare admission and financial aid offers from other institutions and to wait until May 1 to make a final college choice.
- Early Action candidates apply by November 1 and receive notification by mid December. Learn more about applying Early Action.
- Regular Decision candidates apply by January 1 and receive notification by late March.
You must take the SAT or ACT with Writing, and normally two SAT Subject Tests, as part of our application requirements. In order for your application to be considered complete and for us to make an admissions decision, required test scores must be submitted directly to Harvard by the testing agency on your behalf.
While we honor the College Board’s Score Choice program and allow you to submit tests taken as late as January, we advise you to complete and submit at least one component of the required tests (SAT or ACT with Writing or two College Board Subject Tests) by the end of November. This will allow us to begin our evaluation process for those submitting applications by December 15.
If you are applying Early Action, we would like your testing results by the end of October; however, you may submit the November series if needed. Those results will arrive in time for consideration without the need and expense of “rush reporting.”
*For students scheduled to take the October 3rd 2015 SAT administration: We are aware that in several Mid-Atlantic states weather conditions have forced the cancellation of some October 3 administrations. That test has been rescheduled for October 17, 2015. Please be reassured that scored from the October 17 administration will reach us in time for Early Action consideration. Applicants should not be concerned that they will be disadvantaged by the timing of their tests. For additional information about test center closings, please see more information on the College Board website.
Deadlines and decision dates
|Spring (prior to the year you apply)||
Begin taking the following tests:
|Fall (of the year you apply)||
As early in the fall as possible, please send:
You may send the application supplements at a later date.
Early Action applicants: We recommend that you send your application by this date so that we may create and begin processing your file, and schedule an alumni/ae interview if possible.
Early Action applicants: We request that you submit your standardized tests by the end of October. However, you are still eligible to apply using the November series as they should reach us in time for consideration.
Early Action applicants: Last acceptable testing date.
If you are applying Regular Decision, we recommend that you submit standardized test scores from the November series or earlier.
Early Action applicants: Deadline for all application materials. Early Action applicants are also permitted to apply at the same time to any public college/university or to foreign universities but are restricted from applying to other private universities’ Early Action programs.
Also submit the initial components of your financial aid application. Even if you do not have access to final tax information by this time, we ask that you use the best available estimated figures.
Early Action applicants: Decisions released.
If possible, send your Regular Decision application by this date. If you and your teachers have commitments that preclude submission of your application materials by December 15, please be assured that you will not be penalized in any way.
Final deadline for all Regular Decision application materials. You must send all application materials by this deadline for Regular Decision consideration.
|Late January||Last acceptable SAT testing date for Regular Decision consideration.|
Notify the Admissions Office if you have not received an email acknowledging your application.
Submit the initial components of your financial aid application. If you do not have access to your final tax information by this deadline, use the best available estimated figures.
Last ACT testing date for Regular Decision consideration.
Submit your Mid-Year School Report forms with your most recent grades.
|March 1||Final deadline for all financial aid application materials, including the prior year’s tax and income documentation. Visit financial aid for details.|
|March 1||Final deadline for all transfer application materials.|
|Late March||Freshman decisions released.|
|May 1||Reply deadline for admitted students. No deposit required.|
|June 1||Transfer decisions will be released by this date.|