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We seek promising students who will contribute to the Harvard community during their college years, and to society throughout their lives.
While academic accomplishment is important, the Admissions Committee considers many other factors—strong personal qualities, special talents or excellences of all kinds, perspectives formed by unusual personal circumstances, and the ability to take advantage of available resources and opportunities.
Admissions Update for Regular Decision Release
In response to the increase of applications received by Harvard College for the Class of 2025, Harvard will send out admissions decisions on April 6, 2021 at 7 PM Eastern Time. Harvard has received over 57,000 applications for the Class of 2025. Harvard conducts a wide-ranging review of every application in its whole person admissions process. More time is needed to ensure that all admissions decisions can be conducted in the same careful and comprehensive manner as in the past. Harvard will also extend its reply date to 11:59 PM on May 3 to give students and their families more time to make their final college decisions.
First-Year Application Requirements
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)
- SAT or ACT (with or without writing)* optional for 2021-2022 applicants
- Optional: AP or other examination results
- School Report and high school transcript
- Teacher Report (2)
- Midyear School Report (after your first semester grades)
- Final School Report (for admitted students only)
You may apply to Harvard under either our Restrictive 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.
- Restrictive Early Action candidates apply by November 1 and receive notification by mid-December.
- Regular Decision candidates apply by January 1 and receive notification by April 6.
First-year Timeline Questions
Joint Ivy League Admissions Notification
The joint notification date for the Ivy League this year will be Tuesday, April 6 at 7 PM Eastern time. Our candidate response deadline will be extended to Monday, May 3. Students and families can be assured that, as always, we will consider any requests for additional extensions that may be necessitated by financial aid determinations. The Ivy moratorium will begin on Sunday, April 4 at 7 PM and conclude Wednesday, April 7 at 8 AM, the day following the notification date.
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Restrictive Early Action
Applying to Harvard under the Restrictive Early Action program empowers you to make a college choice early. Early applicants apply by November 1 and hear from us by mid-December.
If your record and accomplishments have been consistently strong over time, Restrictive Early Action may be an attractive choice. You don’t have to commit to coming to Harvard, but you will learn earlier if it is an option for you.
Consider if Restrictive Early Action is Right for You
Mailing Your Application
Applications that are received in the mail will be treated equally by the Admissions Committee. However, applications submitted online are processed faster and allow your school officials to submit their part of your application online as well. Please choose one option only: either apply online or send an application through the mail.
Please note that you can only download and print the following forms - you will not be able to complete them electronically. Printable forms are only available for Universal Application. You can view all of the Universal Application forms here.
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