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Harvard Class of 2023 RD

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Replies to: Harvard Class of 2023 RD

  • CedolinoCedolino Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    I had Harvard interview mid January, same with Brown and UPenn, all were great!. Have not heard from Stanford/Princeton/Yale.

    (Intl applicant, legally blind, competed at recent Paralympic Games in South Korea 2018, SAT 1410, Math2 780, GPA 5.00 (max is 5.00).
    Good luck to all!
  • retro-rallyretro-rally Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    So, we should wait.
  • retro-rallyretro-rally Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    Hey @skieurope , a question.

    How will the construction of new Allston campus of Harvard SEAS will affect this year's decisions? Will they admit more STEM majors? specially the research intended ones?
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 41,194 Super Moderator
    How will the construction of new Allston campus of Harvard SEAS will affect this year's decisions?
    It won't.
  • required3required3 Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    edited February 4
    @Cedolino My son had just opposite with you, he had his interviews with Stanford/Princeton/Yale, but not heard anything from Harvard/Brown/UPenn, hopefully, the rotation happens in coming weeks,
  • GPDallasGPDallas Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    My son has not had been invited for his Harvard interview yet either. Penn and Yale are done. A bit of panic is creeping in given most other kids in the area seem to have been interviewed already.
  • dx2023dx2023 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    @skieurope is there any way to find out whether a deferral from EA was a soft rejection or still in the RD pool for re-consideration?
  • gibbygibby Registered User Posts: 10,677 Senior Member
    edited February 7
    @dx2023: If the past is any indication, for 97.7% of deferred students, it's a soft rejection. See: https://www.boston.com/news/education/2015/12/11/harvard-accepts-record-low-percentage-of-early-applicants
    Last year, just 2.3 percent of applicants who were deferred to the regular admissions cycle received acceptance letters.

  • StanfordOrBust19StanfordOrBust19 Registered User Posts: 45 Junior Member
    Guys i applied RD to Harvard. I was just wondering, what academic category would the environmental science & public policy concentration fall under? I chose biological sciences on the form but am not sure if that’s entirely appropriate (since my profile is towards environmental studies and not traditional biology). Thanks a lot!
  • dx2023dx2023 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    edited February 7
    Thank you @gibby
  • Homebody13Homebody13 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    edited February 8
    The environmental science and public policy concentration falls under physical sciences.
    FAS Division of Sciences > Undergraduate > Physical Sciences > Environmental Science and Public Policy
    https://science.fas.harvard.edu/pages/physical-sciences

    @StanfordOrBust19 - If you are concerned, don't hesitate to contact Admissions to discuss.
  • Homebody13Homebody13 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    @StanfordOrBust19 - You don't declare your concentration (major) until the end of sophomore year. Starting this fall, there will be new general education requirements, so you'll likely spend your freshman year gaining wide exposure to other disciplines before settling into your concentration. By the time you have to declare, you'll either have extra confidence in your intended concentration, or an opportunity to choose something else. So, don't worry if you don't think you filled out the form correctly. Good luck!
  • StanfordOrBust19StanfordOrBust19 Registered User Posts: 45 Junior Member
    @Homebody13 But if my profile (ECs and essays) fits environmental science & policy, then is it better to update the admissions office or would the academic interest indicated on the form not affect admissions? I realise that I only need to declare at the end of my sophomore year, but I’m more concerned about getting admitted itself. Thanks a lot :)
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 41,194 Super Moderator
    @StanfordOrBust19 Harvard does not admit by major. Choosing biological vs physical science will not impact your admissions decision one way or the other
  • Homebody13Homebody13 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    @StanfordOrBust19 - @skieurope is right on, but if it gives you piece of mind, then contact admissions and ask, so you don't feel overly stressed. My daughter applied RD and is also interested in ESPP. She called to ask a question and they were great about it!
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