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Applying to Harvard

Can I self-report my test scores?

Beginning with the 2018-2019 application cycle (students applying for Fall 2019 admission), applicants may provide self-reported SAT and ACT test scores (including Subject Tests, Advanced Placement, etc.). Admitted students who decide to enroll at Harvard College will be required to submit official test scores. View our application tips for specific information on how to self-report your scores. Continue reading about Can I self-report my test scores?

May I defer my admission once admitted?

Yes. We want to do everything possible to help the students we enroll make the most of their opportunities, avoiding the much reported “burnout” phenomenon that can keep them from reaching their full potential. Our overall graduation rate of 98%, among the highest in the nation, is perhaps due in part to the fact that so many students take time off, before or during college. Continue reading about May I defer my admission once admitted?

Are my chances of admission enhanced by submitting application materials before other applicants?

No. We request, however, that Early Action applicants submit the Common Application or the Universal College Application and the Application Supplements by October 15 and Regular Decision applicants by December 15. The deadlines are November 1 and January 1 respectively. Receipt of these two forms allows us to expedite application processing and to arrange personal interviews more quickly. Continue reading about Are my chances of admission enhanced by submitting application materials before other applicants?

Are my chances of admission enhanced if a relative has attended Harvard?

The application process is the same for all candidates. Among a group of similarly distinguished applicants, the daughters and sons of Harvard College alumni/ae may receive an additional look. Continue reading about Are my chances of admission enhanced if a relative has attended Harvard?

Is there a wait list?

Yes. Our wait list includes the applicants whom the Committee might still wish to consider for admission if spots in the entering class open later. The wait list is not ranked. In some years, we have admitted no one from the wait list; in others, we have admitted more than 200 candidates. Continue reading about Is there a wait list?

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