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To Harvard Class of 2020 Applicants

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Replies to: To Harvard Class of 2020 Applicants

  • CS1211CS1211 Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    I'm an aspiring freshman who also views Harvard as a dream college. For all of you who have already gotten your results back, would any of you mind sharing what they were? For those who made it, do you have any advice or insight on how to be accepted?
  • T26E4T26E4 Registered User Posts: 24,274 Senior Member
    edited May 2015
    @CollegeEducation: "SCEA" means Single Choice Early Action -- you can not apply to other colleges' EA programs. Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford all have the same prohibition. GTown and BC (I believe) have some sort of restricted EA as well.

    This differs from "normal" EA-- which does allow you to apply to other EA programs
  • CollegeEducationCollegeEducation Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    @T26E4 for the record
    Early Action is a non-binding early program, meaning that if you are admitted you are not obligated to enroll. If you apply to Harvard under our Early Action program, you may also apply at the same time to any public college/university or to foreign universities but you are restricted from applying to other private universities’ Early Action and Early Decision programs.

    please see this https://college.harvard.edu/admissions/apply/application-timeline/restrictive-early-action
  • samuelfrimpssamuelfrimps Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    Has anyone created a Facebook page for this group. If yes I will really like to get the link.
  • kryptoniankryptonian Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Best of luck 2020! :) I hope you get to join me and my classmates at Harvard. To be completely honest, I applied a s a joke. I did not expect to get in. This is just to show that you just never know! APPLY! :D
  • RoadtotheIvies98RoadtotheIvies98 Registered User Posts: 130 Junior Member
    @CollegeEducation Wow, thats what I might do then. I always get the 2 confused lol
  • SmartInTheorySmartInTheory Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Hello! Fellow 2020'er here. It's so comforting knowing that fellow juniors have the same goal. Before I was messaged by Harvard to consider applying, I never would have dreamed to reach that far, but seeing as they said that Harvard may be a great fit for a student like me, I put my time into researching different Ivy Leagues and highly selective schools. So far, the news seems good, as I have a good chance of getting into my top 3 schools, besides Harvard. A tip would be to apply early if you truly think that your application needs no more improvement at that time. If you think you can use a fall SAT score that will be better than your past scores, then apply regular decision.
  • T26E4T26E4 Registered User Posts: 24,274 Senior Member
    edited May 2015
    @SmartInTheory Don't over emphasize that Harvard "messaged" you. Everyone's odds are infinitesimal. Because you're a recipient of a mailer or an email doesn't mean a thing other than you've fit a profile of someone who might be viable. Best of luck, for sure. But don't think you're in a special club due to the mailer/emails

    "I have a good chance of getting into my top 3 schools, besides Harvard" What is considered a "good chance" at schools similar to Harvard? Please make sure your strategy includes a wide swath of solid schools -- meaning a few with a +40% admit rate for someone with your GPA/test score
  • ivyfantasistivyfantasist Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Hello hvbaozi20 and fellow applicants! I am also applying early action this fall. I'm not going to lie, this entire experience has been nerve wrecking. I try to keep myself motived however I recently got my SAT scores and was devastated. From what I have read and researched Harvard begins to accept applicants when their SAT scores are over 2000. Mine was 1680 (Significantly lower than what my prep books projected). I will be taking the SAT in the fall and will also be taking the ACT 3 times. I wanted to ask if any of you had this problem when taking your standardized test and, if so, how did you overcome it? I wish you all the best and I hope to see you all in orientation when we get accepted and walk through those beautiful Harvard gates. :)>-
  • texaspgtexaspg Forum Champion Pre-Med & Medical Posts: 16,666 Forum Champion
    edited May 2015
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/11/17/dear-elite-colleges-please-stop-recruiting-students-like-me-if-you-know-we-wont-get-in/

    Before anyone takes the emails and mailers from top colleges as indication of admissibility one should read this.
  • sodavissodavis Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I, too, will be applying early action & retaking the ACT as well. I wish you all the best. Good Luck :-bd
  • harvard629harvard629 Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    @ivyfantasist I actually had the same issue with test. The first time I took the ACT I got a 26. Then before I retook the ACT I took 9 practice test (1/2 test per a day for the 18 days before the ACT.) It really sucked, but in the grand scheme of things 18 days of 2 hours of test prep isn't too bad. Got my ACT up to a 31, so not amazing but it is a 5 point increase, plus I am Caribbean(so Black on the Common app) and Hispanic, so I probably don't need higher than a 31.
  • blazedragonblazedragon Registered User Posts: 171 Junior Member
    I am going to apply to Harvard's early action program this fall too!! :) Its a distant dream, I agree, ( I'm an international student, with an average,if not less,family income.But its okay to dream isn't it? And there's always a chance that maybe I will get selected!! xD Oh well, gotta keep trying..
  • ivyfantasistivyfantasist Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    @harvard629 Wow! You, my friend, are one step closer to realizing your dream. I'm actually taking my first ACT this Saturday (wish me luck!). I'm very nervous but I would be content with a 31 as well. I am also Hispanic (Mexican to be exact) and underrepresented in many ways. I know that simply being underrepresented doesn't guarantee admittance to this amazing school so I am taking on many leadership positions. I must say I've never wanted something or worked for something as hard as I've been wanting, and trying to get into, Harvard. I wish you all the best on your journey and I hope to see you all soon in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • gibbygibby Registered User Posts: 10,419 Senior Member
    edited June 2015
    @Harvard629 and @ivyfantasist: I'm not sure where you both got the idea that Hispanic student's don't need ACT scores higher than 31 to be accepted -- but the notion is completely wrong. One look at the 2019 Decision Thread should clear up that misconception. See post #6, #7 and #8. All three students are hispanic, one had an ACT of 35 and was waitlisted, one an SAT score of 2340 and was rejected, and the other had a SAT of 2170 and was rejected. Harvard is that competitive, even for URM's: http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/harvard-university/1752941-harvard-university-class-of-2019-rd-results-p1.html/6


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