Harvard University Admissions

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, founded in 1636 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The university provides education to 7,200 undergraduates and 14,000 postgraduates. Harvard is most known for its wide range of excellent schools, such as their Law School, Medical School, Business School, Engineering and Applied Sciences School, and the Graduate school for Arts and Sciences.

Official website: harvard.edu

Admission To-Do List

  • Graduate Record Examination
  • Portfolio
  • Supplemental Data Form
  • Bachelor's degree
  • (GPA) of 3.00
  • Transcripts
  • Final School Report
  • Mid-Year School Report
  • Teacher Report (2)
  • School Report and high school transcript
  • 2 SAT Subject Tests
  • SAT or ACT with Writing
  • Harvard College Questions and Writing Supplement for the Common Application
  • Common/Universal College Application


Writing Supplement:
~ Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you. ~ Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you. ~ Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence. ~ Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence. ~ A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you. ~Topic of your choice. See more

Application Deadlines

January 1
Fall, Undergraduate
Application Deadlines Vary - Please see http://www.gse.harvard.edu/admissions/apply/deadlines.html
Spring, Graduate

Famous Graduates

Theodore Roosevelt

Former US President

Philip W. Anderson


Advice on Personal Statement for Harvard University Admissions

The Harvard University personal statement should be unique and allow the readers insight on who the applicant really is and what makes them unique. Applicants can choose what they want to write about, but the personal statement should ideally list some experiences that led the applicant to choosing this area of study and what skills they possess that will allow them to become successful. The essay should focus on the applicants academic background and highlight any of their achievements. It helps to start working on the essay long before it is due.