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Applying to Harvard

Which standardized tests does Harvard require?

We require all applicants to complete the SAT or the ACT with or without Writing, and we recommend submitting two SAT Subject Tests, except in the case of financial hardship. If you choose to submit Subject Tests, it is more useful to choose only one mathematics test rather than two. Similarly, if your first language is not English, a Subject Test in your first language may be less helpful. Continue reading about Which standardized tests does Harvard require?

Do I need to communicate directly with the admissions staff member who read my file about my deferral?

Despite what you may hear or read elsewhere, no; this is wholly unnecessary. Our decisions are made by a committee of admission officers, including faculty members, no single one of whom is responsible for shaping the outcome of deliberations. Continue reading about Do I need to communicate directly with the admissions staff member who read my file about my deferral?

I was deferred. What can I do to improve my chances of admission?

Further updates may enhance your prospects, although in most cases, the essential details already are on file with the Admissions Committee. Additional information should be limited to significant developments in your high school career. Continue reading about I was deferred. What can I do to improve my chances of admission?

I was deferred. Is there really any chance that I still can be admitted?

It is impossible to predict individual admission decisions. Past students whose applications were deferred have been admitted at various rates, often approximating the rate for Regular Decision candidates. Over the next few months, your application will be reviewed again, supplying another opportunity for eventual admission. Continue reading about I was deferred. Is there really any chance that I still can be admitted?

Why was my application deferred?

Competition for early admission to Harvard College has, in recent years, been especially rigorous. Given that more than 42,000 candidates apply from around the world, and the relatively modest size of each entering class (about 1,660 students), the Admissions Committee must act with great care in making Early Action Decisions. As a result, many strong applicants are deferred to the Regular Decision round for review. Continue reading about Why was my application deferred?

Does Harvard rank secondary schools in the U.S. and abroad?

No. While we understand there are differences in the overall strengths of secondary schools, we are most interested in how well applicants have taken advantage of available resources. In the end, we admit the student not the secondary school they attend. Continue reading about Does Harvard rank secondary schools in the U.S. and abroad?

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