Hi guys! i have been trying to find on the harvard website where it explains the interview process... does anyone know how exactly interviews work? i am interested in applying to harvard (2013) and i have heard that harvard offers on-campus interviews and alumni interviews in your local area. how does it all work??
Harvard has always offered interviews on campus by admissions staff. (Unless they have changed this policy in the last months- which I doubt.) (Princeton is the school that does not offer on campus interviews.)
Call admissions, tell them when you will be on campus and they will tell you if they have a slot available. You do not have to have your application completed or submitted yet either. They will keep a record of the interview on file to add to your app.
The alumni interviews are not held on campus--they are in or near your town, assuming there are indeed alumni in the area. Once your application is submitted (the earlier the better to schedule interviews), the alumni will contact you (January, February) to schedule the time and location.
Don't do the interview before you submit your application. Interviewers will ask you about ECs and such and it will be much easier to answer these questions effectively if you have actually spent time thinking about these things.
i did my interview on campus in october with my regional admissions officer. that's not typical though. in most cases you're contacted by local alumni sometime after you've submitted your application, and you set up an interview w/ them.