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Harvard University Transfer Thread Fall 2019

kcasssuukcasssuu Registered User Posts: 142 Junior 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.

Replies to: Harvard University Transfer Thread Fall 2019

  • gibbygibby Registered User Posts: 10,671 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!
  • kcasssuukcasssuu Registered User Posts: 142 Junior Member
    @gibby do you know how many second-year admits?
  • gibbygibby Registered User Posts: 10,671 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.
  • AndovTransfer10AndovTransfer10 Registered User Posts: 16 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!
  • AndovTransfer10AndovTransfer10 Registered User Posts: 16 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.
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 41,072 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.
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  • kcasssuukcasssuu Registered User Posts: 142 Junior 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.
  • gibbygibby Registered User Posts: 10,671 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.
  • AndovTransfer10AndovTransfer10 Registered User Posts: 16 Junior Member
    Good luck to everybody applying! Here's a great video by the way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp1LrZIfn2U
  • TygermasTygermas Registered User Posts: 14 New 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?
  • gibbygibby Registered User Posts: 10,671 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.
  • ireadtoomuchireadtoomuch Registered User Posts: 20 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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