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Official Harvard SCEA Class of 2018 applicants thread

terminatorpterminatorp Registered User Posts: 180 Junior Member
edited January 2014 in Harvard University
Hello all!

We are yet about to start another cycle of grueling college admissions. I believe it's not too early to start talking about applying to Harvard's early action plan for this year (Class of 2018). Post any questions you might have about the application process or any comments/advice/tips you want to share!

I'll start it off : What is your reason for applying to Harvard early? And what other colleges are you considering?
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Replies to: Official Harvard SCEA Class of 2018 applicants thread

  • BChanakyaBChanakya Registered User Posts: 121 Junior Member
    I just love harvard and will do whatever it takes to be there. Hopefully my dream will come true and i will see you around when i come there as a freshmen in 2016.
  • terminatorpterminatorp Registered User Posts: 180 Junior Member
    What other schools have you thought of applying to BChanakya?
  • bmonticello23bmonticello23 - Posts: 498 Member
    It's difficult to say what draws me to Harvard. Maybe its the prestige, the best education, networking, or maybe it was just the feeling I had when I visited. But regardless, what I want to know is how many spots do SCEA applicants take up in the entering freshman class, and also are these admissions more heavily emphasized on an aspect of the application such as ECs or gpa more so than RD apps?
  • bmonticello23bmonticello23 - Posts: 498 Member
    I would also like to know what makes you different than all the other applicants? What seperates you? And why do you think you will get in?
  • terminatorpterminatorp Registered User Posts: 180 Junior Member
    I went on a admission session at Harvard alongside a tour, and when the question of EA came up, the adcom said that there was no strategical advantage to applying early other than the results coming early. The acceptance rate looks to be higher, but there's also a much more qualified pool of applicants applying early as well. EA and RD will be the exact same in terms of what is expected from the applicant.

    Personally, I don't want to speculate too much, but what might make me stand out is my work with science research, and working to implement it to benefit underprivileged people. It's not that I think I will get in, it's that I want to apply to Harvard, and it's up to the admissions officers to see whether I will get in or not :)
  • bmonticello23bmonticello23 - Posts: 498 Member
    very true @terminatorp! I also have done some research as well and am getting published :) Cant wait. But I think I have an even better catch up my sleeve to help my chances ;) Also, what kind of research have you done? It sounds interesting.
  • aleaiactaestaleaiactaest Registered User Posts: 285 Junior Member
    Harvard takes about half of its class through Early Action. Last year, 895 were admitted early:

    895 admitted through Early Action | Harvard Gazette

    Though the acceptance rate is higher for SCEA than for RD, you must view this acceptance rate in light of what Fitz said: "An increasing number of the nation's and the world's best students chose to apply early to Harvard this fall."
  • terminatorpterminatorp Registered User Posts: 180 Junior Member
    @bmonticello23 I worked mainly with water sustainability, and developing affordable open-sourced alternatives for underprivileges people to help them gain access to clean drinking water. Did you participate in science fairs like Intel ISEF or such with your project?

    @aleaiactaest : Yes, you definitely understand! People automatically assume that it's easier to get in Harvard EA, but that's not necessarily true. The people applying EA are often vastly more qualified, and would have been accepted anyway had they applied regularly. The main reason I want to apply EA is because I am truly interested in the college, and I also want to hear admissions from the college earlier, so I can make my decisions accordingly with more time on my hands.
  • IHarvardIHarvard Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    Well I'm not applying to harvard early, but I am applying RD. may I ask everyone who are on this thread take 4 mins to chance me on my application to Harvard University please?http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/what-my-chances/1532170-chances-harvard-university.html
  • bmonticello23bmonticello23 - Posts: 498 Member
    @terminatorp sounds cool! And no, I'm not entering it in this year, because the research most likely will be done by fall/winter-ish and I'm not the principal investigator. I'm working with a couple of super-seniors at a college under the tutelage of a genius professor (who went to Harvard), and we're going to be publishing in a peer journal in the fall/winter. Nevertheless, the research I'm doing is on biomechanics. We're using a motion capture system (like they use in the movies for animation and green screen) and coding programs to track different joint angles for good/bad uphill runners and also using constructed torque gauges and photocells to measure the differences in muscle strength between runners, and acceleration speeds. Also conducting these experiments on dogs, and other animals as well.

    Personally, I believe that this, plus the fact that I started a teenage investment firm/hedge fund that grossed $275,000 and also have my own app/website development business that makes $5,000 a week and I'm currently working on a novel social networking application worth $130,000 will be my hook. Plus international finalist for DECA :) (Sorry to brag). Has anyone else done some kind of business venture that might relate to mine. I would like to know how mine stand up compared to others.
  • terminatorpterminatorp Registered User Posts: 180 Junior Member
    @bmonticello23, You have done more than what the vast majority of Harvard/Princeton/College applicants like myself have done, rest assured :) However, your essay will speak about yourself, on why you did what you did, and what the use for it in the real world will be. Harvard wants to know, what will you contribute to their campus? After all, it's in their best interest to enrich their campus as well. I am sure though, you will do great! Taylor Wilson, a boy who built a nuclear reactor in his garage at the age of 14, was rejected from MIT. Goes to show how important other things besides EC achievement are :)
  • bmonticello23bmonticello23 - Posts: 498 Member
    My essay originally was not about why I did those ECs though. I wrote about a deep insight about eating the same sandwich everyday for lunch. People I sent it to said they love it and that it shows my personality. Should I refocus my essay around my ECs or keep it original and rich in my personality.
  • NewYork94NewYork94 Registered User Posts: 222 Junior Member
    Monticello - you have your own hedge fund already!? Goodness, do I feel unaccomplished!
  • collegeluva101collegeluva101 Registered User Posts: 1,105 Senior Member
    Hello. Harvard SCEA 2018 here! Dear lord, you guys scare me. :D

    I've done scientific research as well, but nothing nearly as impressive. I've been working mainly on a larger research project under a mentor.

    I was considering investigating a scientific research idea that I have been developing. Any ideas that you guys can offer to me as to how to go about that, such as developing a proposal, finding a mentor, etc.? It would be much appreciated! :)
  • bmonticello23bmonticello23 - Posts: 498 Member
    thank you guys :) And @collegeluva101 what specifically are you interested investigating?
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