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Harvard University Class of 2023 SCEA Applicants

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  • RedHikerRedHiker 12 replies3 threads Junior Member
    edited October 2018
    @cassiehaj19 Congratulations! Out of curiosity, are you a recruited athlete? I thought likely letters were only used in the RD pool.
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  • gabby980gabby980 7 replies0 threads New Member
    Who is and who isn't submitting a supplemental essay in addition to the commonapp essay?
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  • RedHikerRedHiker 12 replies3 threads Junior Member
    I submitted one. I've heard that it's not really "optional" if you're serious about getting in.
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  • emeraldhearts39emeraldhearts39 53 replies20 threads Junior Member
    Is anyone here submitting a music portfolio? Or have any tips on how to choose repertoire and record? Newbie here and my private lesson teacher never experienced submitting supplemental music materials since she just did live auditions. Thank you!
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  • neurochicneurochic 90 replies4 threads Junior Member
    What is the supplement essay for Harvard?
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  • n00tedn00ted 21 replies1 threads Junior Member
    edited October 2018
    Hey,

    So I literally just realized that I forgot to self report my AP scores but mentioned my AP awards, will that hurt my application? I really don’t want to email Harvard about it...
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40797 replies7594 threads Super Moderator
    I forgot to self report my AP scores but mentioned my AP awards, will that hurt my application? I
    No
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  • n00tedn00ted 21 replies1 threads Junior Member
    edited October 2018
    @skieurope Should I upload a file with my reported scores to the portal or just leave it be? My transcript also contains my AP scores but I’ve heard that they don’t read it. I’m probably stressing out about this too much.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40797 replies7594 threads Super Moderator
    edited October 2018
    @skieurope Should I upload a file with my reported scores to the portal or just leave it be? My transcript also contains my AP scores but I’ve heard that they don’t read it.
    It's up to you. But since they are on your transcript, IMO, it does not matter. You list your GPA on the Common App, but the AO is still going to review the transcript.
    I’m probably stressing out about this too much.
    Yup. :)
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  • neurochicneurochic 90 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Is it a good idea to write all 3 supplemental essays?
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  • drumminggeek87drumminggeek87 197 replies16 threads Junior Member
    @neurochic I've always heard that on Harvard's application no "optional" supplement is truly optional, and that you should complete all of them.
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  • drumminggeek87drumminggeek87 197 replies16 threads Junior Member
    Also, I just got a 730 on Math 2, and although I know that's an okay score I'm also a little worried because it's the 54th percentile, and because I took the test when I was really sick, so I don't think my score reflects the absolute best work that I could have done (but I don't have the time or money to retake the test). Is sending in a 730 going to hurt my application more than not sending any score at all, or is it still a good idea to send it in?
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  • n00tedn00ted 21 replies1 threads Junior Member
    To the people who have submitted their application, have you been contacted for an interview yet?
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  • neurochicneurochic 90 replies4 threads Junior Member
    @drumminggeek87

    It is all relative. If your grades in math are very good, then I would not send it in because it undermines your transcript.
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  • n00tedn00ted 21 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @drumminggeek87 I’d send it. I know people who got in with low 600s and they said that essays are more important :)
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  • shehar17shehar17 60 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Does Harvard care when you submit your application, as long as it is before the deadline? If I submitted this week, will I be at a disadvantage compared to the people who submitted it in early October (because admissions officers probably read their essays and maybe accepted them)? Is there a set percent of people Harvard accepts per year?
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  • shehar17shehar17 60 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Also, how long do you think Harvard takes to go through your application and decide whether or not you should be accepted?
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40797 replies7594 threads Super Moderator
    edited October 2018
    Does Harvard care when you submit your application, as long as it is before the deadline?
    No
    because admissions officers probably read their essays and maybe accepted them
    Admissions Officers are often still in the field conducting college fairs, etc. With the exception of athletic recruits, they are not reading applications in depth before the due date and are not making final recommendations before reading all applications from a given HS.

    Sending an application early benefits Harvard more than the applicant as it gives them time to assemble packets. The benefit to the applicant is that it gets it off your plate and it will trigger an interview request. But make no mistake, the timing of when an application is sent will not impact the admissions decision. If you are happy with the application and have triple checked for errors, send it. If not, wait. But don't wait until 11:59 pm on 11/1.
    how long do you think Harvard takes to go through your application and decide whether or not you should be accepted?
    The first read will be 15 minutes or less.
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  • shehar17shehar17 60 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Oh okay. I was worried because it said "Early Action applicants: We recommend that you send your application by this date so that we may create and begin processing your file, and schedule an alumni/ae interview if possible." Also, out of curiosity, how do you know this information? Did you ask Harvard or other schools?
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  • shehar17shehar17 60 replies0 threads Junior Member
    And by this date, they mean October 15
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