Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.

To Harvard Class of 2020 Applicants

hvbaozi20hvbaozi20 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
Hi, guys!
I'm a junior in high school who wants to apply to Harvard's Early Action Program this year.
I've had this dream to get accepted to Harvard for quite a long time. Now that I'm on the verge of applying to colleges, it's so hard to carry this out on my own because of a lot of stress and concerns. So, I'm just looking for people who share this dream of mine. It'd be great to just meet online and talk about our concerns together. :) If there is any, please answer. :) Thanks!

Replies to: To Harvard Class of 2020 Applicants

  • RandomRhinoRandomRhino Registered User Posts: 160 Junior Member
    Hey @hvbaozi20‌! I'm also someone who shares the dream. But like @qpqpqp‌ said, I'm doing my best to try to expect rejection—and also fall in love with other schools I have a much better shot of getting into!—so that December & March won't be too bad if it doesn't work out. I try not to stay on here too much because of the pretty impossible standards people have here but I'm definitely glad to meet other 2020'ers who have similar hopes!
  • asappebbleasappebble Registered User Posts: 286 Junior Member
    edited March 2015
    Hey there! Awesome to meet you fellow dreamers! Yeah it's definitely stressful knowing the chances are very low, but I second what @RandomRhino said. I think it's so important to love a number of schools, so that way wherever we end up, we know we will be happy. What are some of the other universities you all are looking at?
  • BraveSirZaphodBraveSirZaphod Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    Hey guys. 2019'er here. Not that it means much, but good luck to all of you! I definitely advocate not having very big expectations with Harvard, because it's quite exactly at destroying them as lots of people here can attest to. Still, don't completely discount it. Trust me when I say that absolutely anything can happen. I mean, I got in somehow
  • oddsbeateroddsbeater Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    Hey! Also planning on applying early action this fall! Best of luck :smile:
  • biobabe101biobabe101 Registered User Posts: 81 Junior Member
    I share the same dream.
  • Homeless2PrincetonHomeless2Princeton Registered User Posts: 447 Member
    I think the best piece of advice I could give is to keep an open mind during the time admission decisions come out. When you're applying, make sure that your passion (whatever it is) is genuine, true, and richly displayed in your entire application. That's the time for you to tell YOUR story, let it shine in its own right! Apply to the schools you would sincerely enjoy attending while being mindful of your actual chances of admittance. After you've applied, just let it go and trust in the application you so carefully crafted. Then on the days when you get your decisions back, make sure to really appreciate your acceptances and dismiss the rejections as a sign that it wouldn't have been the right one for you. I was in love with Harvard but as decisions neared, I opened myself to the possibilities of other schools I had applied to and found out some things that put them at Harvard's level in my mind. I was rejected by Harvard but got into Princeton, Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown, and offered wait lists from Brown, Columbia, and UChicago. If I'd only see Harvard as my goal, I would've completely failed in my mind during this admissions season. But I am completely grateful because I allowed myself to enjoy my other options. Now, I seriously can't picture myself going to any other college than Princeton and I wouldn't trade it for the world. :) Best of luck class of 2020, either way you'll end up exactly where you were supposed to!
  • love2learnnnnlove2learnnnn Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    edited April 2015
    @Homeless2Princeton Wow that's incredible! You must be so happy. Congratulations!!!
    Did you apply undeclared for your major or declared for the school's you got into? Georgetown is my absolute dream school. I'd love to hear what you think really made you stand out or how you think you got into these schools. Again congrats!!
  • houdinigluehoudiniglue Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    I'm definitely applying early action to harvard next fall! It's a reach for me, as it is for anybody, but it's not completely impossible. A chance is a chance, no matter how small!
  • RoadtotheIvies98RoadtotheIvies98 Registered User Posts: 130 Junior Member
    I feel like early action is a bit risky tbh guys which is why I'm going for regular decision. The whole thought of not being able to apply to any other college just makes me shiver. Harvard is my dream as well but I have an open mind to other colleges.
  • T26E4T26E4 Registered User Posts: 24,274 Senior Member
    @RoadtotheIvies98 If you apply to H for SCEA, if they defer or reject you, you're 100% allowed to apply to as many other colleges as you wish. Also, you can apply to early notification Public schools like UMich too. You only can't apply to other EA or ED programs.
  • AkashiAkashi Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    @qpqpqp advice is good. In other words, don't get any high hopes. It's hard for a reason.

    If you REALLY want to increase your chances, go ham on essays. Seriously. Ivies put a considerable amount of thought into reading those.
  • ptkid16ptkid16 Registered User Posts: 390 Member
    Applying this fall, considering applying early! Not expecting much but hey, why not. Definitely a dream :D
  • CollegeEducationCollegeEducation Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    why not?
    With SCEA, you are allowed to apply other colleges even "Early Action" to public schools. Remember, it is EARLY ACTION, not early decision!
This discussion has been closed.