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Harvard SCEA Class of 2020 Applicant Thread

azwu331azwu331 695 replies18 threads Member
edited November 2015 in Harvard University
Since application season is beginning, it wouldn't hurt to get a thread started.

I'm currently debating on which school to apply early to. I know that a lot of people here have Harvard as a first choice; so, for anyone set on applying SCEA, here are some questions that could start up a discussion:

1) Why are you applying to Harvard for SCEA?
2) What draws you to Harvard?
3) What makes Harvard stand out from other schools?
4) Where else are you applying for RD?
5) What are your qualifications?
6) What are your summer plans?
7) What is your intended major?
8) What are your hobbies/interests/extracurriculars?
9) What tips/advice do you have for applying?

Regardless of whether or not I end up applying to Harvard SCEA, I wish you all the very best in this paramount epoch of life known as the college application process. Good luck! ;)

(And yes, I also started the application threads for Princeton and UChicago — it's a way for me to gather information so that I can finalize on an EA school in the fall.)
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  • verizonwirelessverizonwireless 256 replies22 threads Junior Member
    edited June 2015
    1) the doors that a Harvard diploma can open. Furthermore, no one from my school has ever gotten into Harvard and I want to be the first. (still didn't decide whether Ill be applying to Harvard or UPENN early because I want to do business.)

    2) The people! Harvard picks wonderful students that make a college experience. When I was at HMUN, the students seemed so cool and I really wanted to get to know them and share classes and my college experience with them. Even the dean of Harvard admissions said that it is the personality which triumphs grades and test scores.

    3) The people, the campus, the name, the tradition, and the close "home" feeling you get at Harvard.

    4) Cornell, Penn, Bing, Brandeis, not really sure

    5) Good average (with the MOST rigorous course load), Good ECs (with leadership), Potentially good essays and hopefully good recs.

    6) Interning for a senator in Vermont

    7) Humanities

    8) Debate, MC, MUN, SG, Student fund raising committee, Newspaper, and charity.

    9) Honestly, don't base what you see off of college confidential... this site attracts the top HS students. Scores aren't everything nor is any one part of your application. Be the best applicant.. Sell yourself amongst your shortcomings, and most importantly... Tell a good story. Make an admissions officer want to take you in. The reason why scores are of the matter is because they need to ensure that you can handle the schools curriculum. The reason why grades are important is because they need to ensure that you'll stay consistent with your studies (NOTHING! looks worse than if a college has a high dropout rate (Harvard has the lowest)). Those two factors (grades and scores) almost never get you in... (ASSUMING YOU HAVE A 4.0 (taking challenging courses) AND A 2200+). What gets the student in is the "human" side of the application (the essay, recs, and achievements)... Harvard is admitting a human being not a test score, not a gpa so sell yourself well!

    Best of luck potential 2020ers, hopefully we can take a stroll through Harvard yard in the fall of 2016 (bs''d)(iyh)
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  • azwu331azwu331 695 replies18 threads Member
    @verizonwireless Wow, I never expected to get a reply this early! Your qualifications look really amazing!

    Harvard interests me because I am really interested in economics (and thus is why I am debating between Princeton, UChicago, and this university). If I do decide to SCEA Harvard in the end, hopefully we can both end up in Harvard Yard. Good luck! :)
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  • azwu331azwu331 695 replies18 threads Member
    As for some advice, my counselor said that the earlier you send in the application, the better... I do not know if this is actually proven, but some suspect that the admissions officers read the applications in order from earliest submitted to latest, and that they are more willing to accept applicants in the beginning of the long essay reading session. In other words, the first essay has a greater chance of making a good impression than the 4,679th, given that both essays are the same.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 42310 replies8428 threads Super Moderator
    but some suspect that the admissions officers read the applications in order from earliest submitted to latest
    Nothing will be read until your transcript(s), teacher recommendations, and GC Secondary School Report are received. Sending in the application early will make no difference if nothing else arrives until the deadline.
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  • verizonwirelessverizonwireless 256 replies22 threads Junior Member
    @skieurope if you take a nice sat ... Are you disadvantaged
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  • CollegeEducationCollegeEducation 29 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @azwu331 my kid submitted his SCEA just an hour before cutoff and got accepted so.....as long as you submit your complete application on time you will be fine.

    Perhaps, your counselor just want you to get a head start.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 42310 replies8428 threads Super Moderator
    if you take a nice sat ... Are you disadvantaged
    @verizonwireless Care to rephrase?
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  • verizonwirelessverizonwireless 256 replies22 threads Junior Member
    november* instead of nice
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  • skieuropeskieurope 42310 replies8428 threads Super Moderator
    @verizonwireless Well that makes more sense :) No, November testing will not put you at a disadvantage. Personally, I find the dates too close for comfort and wouldn't risk it, but YMMV.
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  • sansculottessansculottes 162 replies15 threads Junior Member
    Harvard is definitely my first-choice college! I'm not sure about whether to apply SCEA though if it doesn't offer any advantage to applying RD. Would it make more sense to apply EA to Yale/Stanford/Princeton?
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  • azwu331azwu331 695 replies18 threads Member
    @sansculottes If Harvard is your first choice, I would say go for the SCEA.
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  • sansculottessansculottes 162 replies15 threads Junior Member
    Thanks! xx
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  • mumbai98mumbai98 153 replies15 threads Junior Member
    edited June 2015
    Hey! I'm an international from India and I'm applying to Harvard SCEA too. It has been my top choice for as long as I can remember. I don't visit CC frequently so is there a Facebook group for applicants? I'd love to keep in touch with fellow applicants
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  • Falcon1Falcon1 1919 replies31 threads Senior Member
    However, for the class of 2019, Harvard scaled back their SCEA acceptances, while Princeton ramped up theirs

    The reason that Harvard's SCEA acceptance rate dropped from 21.2% to 16.5% had much more to do with the number of applications increasing by a whopping 26.2% or 1,227 (5,919 vs. 4,692) than Harvard "scaling back" their acceptances. (They took 15 students less than the year before - 977 vs. 992.)

    Total applications for the class of 2019 also increased from 34,295 to 37,305. Harvard has been really stepping up their targeted outreach to low-income and minority students which is resulting in increased applications from students who would have never considered Harvard a possibility before. International applications are also on the rise.
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  • azwu331azwu331 695 replies18 threads Member
    Official Harvard SCEA and RD statistics for the Class of 2016 (Source: IvyCoach):

    In the SCEA round, Harvard accepted 772 out of the 4,231 applicants who applied, with an acceptance rate of 18.2%. Out of the 4,231 applicants, 2,838 were deferred and 621 were rejected. The regular decision rate was 3.8%. Harvard accepted 2,032 students total out of an applicant pool of 34,285.

    African-Americans comprised 10.2% of those accepted; Latinos comprised 11.2%.

    Around 10% of accepted students were international.

    http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2012/3/29/admissions-harvard-rate-2016/
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  • azwu331azwu331 695 replies18 threads Member
    Official Harvard SCEA and RD statistics for the Class of 2017 (Source: IvyCoach):

    In the SCEA round, Harvard accepted 895 out of the 4,856 applicants who applied, with an acceptance rate of 18.4%. Out of the 4,856 applicants, 3,196 were deferred and 651 were rejected. The regular decision rate was 3.8%. Harvard accepted 2,029 students total out of an applicant pool of 35,023.

    African-Americans comprised 11.5% of those accepted, Latinos comprised 11.5%, Asian-Americans comprised 19.9%, Native Americans comprised 2.2%, and Native Hawaiians comprised 0.5% of the class.

    Around 20% of accepted students were international or dual citizens.

    http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2013/3/28/class-of-2017-admissions/
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  • azwu331azwu331 695 replies18 threads Member
    Official Harvard SCEA and RD statistics for the Class of 2018 (Source: IvyCoach):

    In the SCEA round, Harvard accepted 992 out of the 4,692 applicants who applied, with an acceptance rate of 21.1%. Out of the 4,692 applicants, 3,197 were deferred, 366 were rejected, 18 withdrew, and 119 had incomplete files. The regular decision rate was 3.5%. Harvard accepted 2,023 students total out of an applicant pool of 34,295.

    23% of those attending were from the Mid-Atlantic, 17% were from New England, 17% were from the South, 10% were from the Midwest, 11% were from the US territories, and 11.5% were international. 7.7% were US citizens from other countries.

    55% of those accepted were male, and 45% were female.

    African-Americans comprised 11.9% of those accepted, Latinos comprised 13%, Asian-Americans comprised 19.7%, and Native Americans and Hawaiians comprised 1.9% of the class.

    3,400 applicants were ranked first in their classes.

    http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/12/992-admitted-under-early-action/
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  • azwu331azwu331 695 replies18 threads Member
    Official Harvard SCEA and RD statistics for the Class of 2019 (Source: IvyCoach):

    In the SCEA round, Harvard accepted 977 out of the 5,919 applicants who applied, with an acceptance rate of 16.5%. Out of the 5,919 applicants, 4,292 were deferred, 541 were rejected, 19 withdrew, and 90 had incomplete files. The regular decision rate was 3.2%. Harvard accepted 1,990 students total out of an applicant pool of 37,305.

    52% of those accepted were male, and 48% were female.

    African-Americans comprised 10.3% of those accepted, Latinos comprised 11.4%, Asian-Americans comprised 22.7%, Native Americans comprised 1.2%, and Native Hawaiians comprised 0.3% of the class.

    10.8% of accepted students were international.

    http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2014/12/12/early-admissions-class-2019/
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  • chemlover17chemlover17 1 replies0 threads New Member
    1) I am absolutely sure that Harvard is my top choice. The guy I am working under at the Clinic is a Harvard alumnus and has been encouraging me to apply EA.

    2) I visited while I was in Boston, and I fell in love with the campus and the housing system. I also love that a language citation is an option and that there are a ton of opportunities to get involved in research.

    3) The opportunities you get from going there, Harvard's history, and its location. On a more personal note, while we've sent kids to Yale and Princeton, no one from my high school has gone to Harvard.

    4) Brown, Penn, Hopkins, Case, Ohio State.

    5) I have a good GPA and took the most rigorous course load available. In a stroke of luck, I got a 36 on the ACT, and I have a handful of ECs that I have pursued in depth (leadership positions, local/state recognition).

    6) I was a counselor at a string camp at the very beginning of the summer. I'm also working as a lab assistant at the Cleveland Clinic and have a mini-internship at the ACLU. On the weekends, I work as a cashier at Burger King.

    7) Chemistry

    8) Violin takes most of my time (concertmaster at school, local auditioned orchestra, pit orchestra, a chamber music group I started, and teaching lessons). I'm also involved in science club (VP), student government (school board rep), YDA (president), and volunteering (at the Clinic and NHS).

    9) You will hear it endlessly, but scores and grades are not everything. Harvard's website even says, "There is no single academic path we expect all students to follow..." Spend time on your essays. Write several drafts, and have people read them over. Most importantly, know that it really is a crapshoot, and don't get your hopes up. You may be 100% qualified to attend Harvard and not get in.
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