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Harvard Spring Admit?

svlab112svlab112 624 replies7 threads Member
Anyone know if Harvard has spring admits for first time freshman? Just ran into an old friend whose D started at state university in September. Friend was excited to share that a few weeks ago, D received notification from Harvard that she had been accepted as a spring admit. D has been originally rejected from Harvard during the fall application cycle. They have a trip planned to Harvard to tour and visit before making a decision.

I am curious if anyone else has heard of this?
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  • Groundwork2022Groundwork2022 2473 replies47 threads Senior Member
    Spring admits happen at a lot of colleges. What's odd is that they'd make that offer to a rejected applicant over a waitlisted one.
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  • apparently22apparently22 60 replies0 threads Junior Member
    edited October 28
    Harvard's website says no. I'm afraid to post a link as I'm not sure it's allowed. No one gets admitted in spring including transfers (according to the Harvard website).

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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 34866 replies394 threads Senior Member
    edited October 28
    "No. All students begin study in September to benefit from special programs designed for freshmen." And especially not if she was previously rejected.

    Every once in a while, a story like this surfaces. A friend in Tx told me one of her students claimed to get her admission letter to another Ivy- in February. She wasn't even a strong student. But my friend let it slide, not to wound the kid.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 39826 replies7264 threads Super Moderator
  • svlab112svlab112 624 replies7 threads Member
    edited October 28
    @lookingforward I also just let it slide.
    @apparently22 I also saw the website, but had read a while back about the Harvard "Z-list" which doesn't show up on the website, but seems to be a real thing..?

    I didn't want to pepper her with a bunch of questions. I'm not familiar with Ivy admissions, but her claim did not make much sense. I was thinking maybe something with Harvard Extension.

    The one detail that made me pause is the visit and tour versus just claiming to get an email.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 39826 replies7264 threads Super Moderator
    edited October 28
    The Z list is a different thing. Some waitlisted applicants a given a place on the Z list, which means they are guaranteed a spot for the following Fall, but need to take a gap year. Again, no Spring admits
    The one detail that made me pause is the visit and tour versus just claiming to get an email.
    Even when waitlisted applicants get an offer off the waitlist, they only have a few days to confirm; there is no dog-and-point show and tour. If they want to visit, it's on their dime,and the visit would basically need to be the next day.
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  • apparently22apparently22 60 replies0 threads Junior Member
    From rejection to spring admission at Harvard? It would be well worth knowing that whole story. Unfortunately that's what it sounds like. A story.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 23415 replies17 threads Senior Member
    Maybe it's Harvard Extension school?
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  • BKSquaredBKSquared 1462 replies8 threads Senior Member
    ^I am thinking Harvard Extension School. It is similar to parents saying their kid got a "full ride" merit/athletic scholarship vs financial aid. Sounds better and who is going to check?
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  • apparently22apparently22 60 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @svlab112 Also with the Z-list a person can not enroll or take academic courses during that gap year. If they're enrolled in a college or university during that gap year time their eligibility on the Z-list is rescinded and they must re-apply as a transfer student in the future with obviously no guarantees. So as others are saying it's more likely it's through Harvard extension. Honestly, there is no wonder kids going through the admission process have such anxiety. The process is anxiety provoking enough but then add on that other kids and their families are not always forthright in their information just adds to the stress and confusion and potential disappointment.
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 14913 replies1008 threads Senior Member
    edited October 29
    Anyone can enrol in Harvard Extension courses but to be admitted to a Harvard Extension degree program requires completing I believe 8 courses at extension.

    There used to be a popular thread here on CC called "Time to smile and nod." This likely would belong in there.
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  • Happytimes2001Happytimes2001 1543 replies12 threads Senior Member
    Never heard of a Spring admit. Also, Z list is usually the following year. Hmm, sounds a bit off.
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  • compmomcompmom 10931 replies78 threads Senior Member
    I think it's 3 classes at Harvard Extension, required for admission, but not certain. In any case, even the Extension School would not have done a "spring admit."
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  • me29034me29034 1721 replies88 threads Senior Member
    Is she an athlete? Maybe Harvard had an unexpected need on one of their spring sports teams.
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  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 2582 replies36 threads Senior Member
    edited October 30
    Per a number of independent college counselor listservs/communiques, Harvard has evidently offered a number (no one knows how many) of waitlisted students (current freshman elsewhere) admission for spring 2020. This info comes from highly reputable industry participants, some of whom directly advise students who received these offers. I have not heard of this offer going to previously rejected students.

    This would be another change in the landscape post-NACAC ethics rule changes which previously disallowed 'cold-call' recruiting of transfer students.
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  • apparently22apparently22 60 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @Mwfan1921 Interesting.
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  • svlab112svlab112 624 replies7 threads Member
    I don’t think student is an athlete. Maybe parent’s “rejected” comment was after a waitlist offer that did not result in fall admissions. My experience with waitlists is that students eventually get "rejected" if not offered admissions. Speculation on my part. Perhaps, student is one of the spring acceptances.
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 14913 replies1008 threads Senior Member
    If you are waitlisted and not called from the waitlist...that is a rejection.
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  • JHSJHS 18503 replies72 threads Senior Member
    Lots of colleges do spring admissions because they have a structural imbalance between fall and spring registrations due to study abroad programs and early graduations. But even if that's true at Harvard, it's unlikely to affect Harvard's first year students, and they are all housed separately from the rest of the undergraduates.

    So, assuming this is true, does it mean (a) more students than usual failed to show up in September, or (b) Harvard predictably loses enough first year students during the fall semester to make spring admissions worthwhile?
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