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Harvard University Transfer Thread Fall 2019

kcasssuukcasssuu 403 replies13 threadsRegistered User Member
This is the start of application season so I create a thread for transfer fall 2019.

I am currently a student University of California, Davis and wishes to apply to Harvard next fall. I heard that they only admit like 20 transfer students per year overall...

Hope we can discuss our ideas over the next 9 months.
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  • gibbygibby 10528 replies246 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited August 2018
    FWIW: https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2018/2/4/transfer-students/.
    Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 said the number of transfer students the College accepts varies, though it has hovered around a dozen each year.

    It's thought that about a 1/3 of transfer students (4 students) are recruited athletes, so that's really about 8 slots for non athletic recruits. Best of luck to you!
    edited August 2018
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  • kcasssuukcasssuu 403 replies13 threadsRegistered User Member
    @gibby do you know how many second-year admits?
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  • gibbygibby 10528 replies246 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @kcasssuu: As far as I know, Harvard has never published the number of first-year or second-year admits. You could call Admissions and ask them.
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  • AndovTransfer10AndovTransfer10 22 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I'll also be applying for Fall 2019. I'm currently studying at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I attended Andover for the entirety of high school and achieved Cum Laude in Senior Spring. Excited for the application process, as I am definitely starting to write apps this winter break!
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  • AndovTransfer10AndovTransfer10 22 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Hey does anyone know how much weight is placed on the Mid Term Report? I received a 4.0 in my first semester, but I might have two A-s on my Mid Term report even though these grades aren't official.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 39275 replies7019 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    edited February 21
    Hey does anyone know how much weight is placed on the Mid Term Report?
    Was it necessary to spam this on multiple transfer threads @AndovTransfer10 ? The answer will not vary by school.

    An A- or 2 will not be the reason your application is rejected, if that's what happens. The fact that Harvard takes so few transfers is what dooms 99% of applicants from the start.
    edited February 21
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  • kcasssuukcasssuu 403 replies13 threadsRegistered User Member
    @AndovTransfer10 Hi, my understanding is that once your GPA is above 3.7, they will look at other factors to make a decision. Though they may still compare GPAs, the other things you submit in the application are more important.
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  • gibbygibby 10528 replies246 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited February 26
    @kcasssuu: IMHO, a 3.7 GPA is not a competitive GPA for a transfer applicant at a college such as Harvard, especially when their golf team is looking for athletic recruits who have a higher GPA: https://www.gocrimson.com/sports/mgolf/faq
    For our initial evaluation of golf prospects we typically look for individual SAT I & II scores above 700 and/or ACT scores above 33. We would like to see grades above 3.80 (unweighted) on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent while taking a rigorous course load.
    edited February 26
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  • AndovTransfer10AndovTransfer10 22 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Good luck to everybody applying! Here's a great video by the way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp1LrZIfn2U
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  • TygermasTygermas 16 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Hey guys whats up? I'm applying to Harvard as well for a junior transfer in fall 2019 from the University of Toronto for Computer Science. My GPA is 4.0, SAT is 1470, released multiple games on the Play Store, Pearson Scholar, established author, and have launched a startup. What are my chances?
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  • gibbygibby 10528 replies246 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited March 12
    @Tygwemas: Professor Harry Lewis, who taught both Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, currently sits on Harvard's Full Admissions Committee. As such, Professor Lewis probably reviews applicants and transfer students who are interested in majoring in CS -- and my guess is that Professor Lewis would be MORE impressed with your knowledge of classical CS and the actual CS codes you know and can write. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_R._Lewis

    FWIW: Harvard (and Yale) teach classical CS and do not 'jump up an down' over applicants who have launched start-ups or have multiple games on Play Store. That's more of a Stanford thing.
    edited March 12
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  • ireadtoomuchireadtoomuch 47 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Hey everyone! I'm a little late to this thread, but I also applied for transfer to Harvard (as a junior for the Fall 2019 term).
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  • cornelltoharvardcornelltoharvard 10 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I had an alumni interview with Harvard today as a transfer applicant. Harvard's website states that they "do not conduct interviews for transfer applicants." Is this good or bad? Or possibly in-between? I'm confused and trying not to get too excited or afraid. Any information would be helpful, thank you.
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  • ireadtoomuchireadtoomuch 47 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @cornelltoharvard I honestly have no idea, but it seems like a good sign. School's aren't going to take time to have interviews if they're not genuinely interested in the applicant. This is super cool; good luck!
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  • cornelltoharvardcornelltoharvard 10 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I also think it seems like a good sign, but I'm just having some trouble getting any sort of confirmation from anyone who knows explicitly about Harvard's review process. Thank you for the wish of good luck, I'll make sure to update on this thread whether or not I get accepted.
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  • grundeisgrundeis 300 replies12 threadsRegistered User Member
    Did you apply to Harvard before applying for this transfer process? Or this is your first time?
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  • cornelltoharvardcornelltoharvard 10 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    This was my first time applying.
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  • sadtrasferpeepsadtrasferpeep 7 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    edited April 17
    @cornelltoharvard do you mind sharing your stats/what your essay touched upon? Also why Cornell to Harvard? Seems like Ivy-to-Ivy is a bit harder since you have lots of opportunities regardless, but you managed.
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  • cornelltoharvardcornelltoharvard 10 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    @sadtrasferpeep I currently have a 4.0 at Cornell, and I have great SAT scores/had a good college GPA. Harvard is a good fit for me because my current college doesn't offer the opportunity to major in the fields I wish to study. My essay was mostly about my childhood, homelessness, and the struggle of attending high school while working 60 hrs/week to support my family.
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  • zs2019transferzs2019transfer 170 replies4 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited April 19
    @cornelltoharvard oh wow I think you will definitely get accepted. My essay was similar to yours in some sense. I talked about how I graduated from high school with a 1.4gpa and never planned on attending college but then found my passion in science during my gap year. I then talk about working to support my dad's family while attending community college. I don't think I have even a 0.0001% chance of getting accepted because I do not have any SAT/ACT scores to give them. Please let me know if you are accepted, I know how it is to go through struggle and would like to see you get in.
    edited April 19
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