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Harvard SCEA 2023 International Students Interview

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  • worldwide1worldwide1 80 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @hgrad2010 do you have an estimate of the percentage of internationals had an interview (in a country with Limited Interviews) and then got accepted?
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  • cerebellumercerebellumer 1 replies0 threads New Member
    any from Singapore?
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  • independent413independent413 19 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @worldwide1 , from what I've read on CC threads, only internationals who have been offered an interview are accepted. On the Harvard website, it says that the absence of an interview if you live in a country with no interviews will not affect your candidacy, but the absence of an interview if you live in a country with limited interviews will not 'adversely' affect your candidacy. Because there are so many applicants in these countries and less alumni, it seems understandable why they would regionally shortlist candidates and offer them interviews. I've read some older threads, where the students who have been offered interviews say that their interviewers explicitly told them they have been regionally shortlisted.

    What I do not understand is why no student from any country with limited interviews (India, Germany, China, Korea, etc.) has described having already been contacted for an interview on CC this year for SCEA, even though it is quite late in the admissions process.
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  • hgrad2010hgrad2010 133 replies0 threads Junior Member
    No sorry my insight is limited in this arena.
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  • PeterlimPeterlim 13 replies3 threads Junior Member
    I feel that if we are going to get contacted for an interview, it must be this week as this is the week the full committee convenes. Also, did anyone of you receive this message on the status portal? "In your country, we may either not have any interviewers or the number of applicants may be too great for all to be interviewed. You will be contacted if the Admissions Committee requests more information. The absence of an interview will not adversely affect your candidacy." Thus, IF i get an interview it has to be with an admissions officer, and anyone who got an interview in Thailand has been one with an admissions officer.
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  • worldwide1worldwide1 80 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Do you guys know if it's harder for internationals to get admitted SCEA?

    I read somewhere (perhaps in the Harvard 2023 SCEA forum) that Harvard sometimes chooses to defer internationals to compare them with the entire applicant pool from their region. Is this likely to be true?

    *Please note that I do not have any evidence that the statement above is correct (hopefully, it's not). I'm only asking because I read it somewhere and it made sense.
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  • worldwide1worldwide1 80 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @independent413 @hgrad2010 Do internationals get admitted SCEA? (see post #26)
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  • salamandereyessalamandereyes 37 replies0 threads Junior Member
    edited November 2018
    I'm from East Asia and received my interview request on the 5th, interviewed on the 18th. The deadline for interview reports was the 25th! Judging from past admits from my country, most were deferred SCEA and accepted RD except for one hockey recruit, so it might be the case that Harvard wants to review international applicants later on, especially those from competitive countries.
    edited November 2018
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  • independent413independent413 19 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @salamandereyes Which country are you from?
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  • salamandereyessalamandereyes 37 replies0 threads Junior Member
    edited November 2018
    edited November 2018
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  • independent413independent413 19 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Oh, congratulations on receiving your interview btw! That probably means you have a good shot at being accepted. How do you know that the deadline for interview reports was the 25th? Someone on the thread commented they received a request just yesterday.
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  • salamandereyessalamandereyes 37 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @independent413 Thanks! I’m trying not to keep my hopes up too much, though :-) My interviewer told me the deadline, although it may be region-specific.
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  • PeterlimPeterlim 13 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @salamandereyes Congratulations! You got a really early interview. Was it with an admissions officer or alumni? I am really surprised it was that early because years ago, someone from Thailand got his 3 days before results came out!!! And another recent one got his around 2 weeks before decisions came out. Also, all admits from Thailand got interviews from admissions officers.
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  • salamandereyessalamandereyes 37 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @Peterlim Thanks! My interview was with an alumni, coordinated by a rep at the Harvard Club in Japan. I’m going to take a wild guess and assume that Thailand’s Harvard Club isn’t as active / have an alumnus willing to coordinate interviews, so the adcoms contact directly?
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  • jzducoljzducol 756 replies13 threads Member
    Given the data released during the trial and Harvard's admissions thoroughness I would find it improbable that anyone would receive the letter of acceptance before an interview. The interview could be a mere formality but it is check box that has to be ticked off on admissions form for any admit.

    But for internationals it is probably true that most admissions take place during the RD. Unlike the US admits where EA vs RD is roughly 1 to 1, the international admits probably have a ratio of 1 to 2 or higher. Last year for example, there were only four admits of Chinese nationality during REA, two of them were attending privates in US and one was a recruited athlete and one was donor's kid. In another word, Harvard admitted no unhooked student inside China during the EA round, but RD saw eight admits. So, for unhooked international applicants, Harvard admission is probably in no rush to interview everyone, as most admissions will happen in RD anyway.
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  • worldwide1worldwide1 80 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @jzducol Do you know if unhooked internationals (non-Asian) can be admitted SCEA?
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  • jzducoljzducol 756 replies13 threads Member
    Sure, they can be admitted SCEA, but I imagine their number is small compared to RD.
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  • PeterlimPeterlim 13 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @salamandereyes Does the fact that the adcom interviews are usually super late mean something?
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  • worldwide1worldwide1 80 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Why do some people interview with an adcom and not an alumnus?
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  • PeterlimPeterlim 13 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @worldwide1 From Thailand, everyone who received an adcom interview got in. Sometimes even after they already received an alumni interview. I think for the South East Asian region, it is a necessary for the adcom people to have talk with the applicant before being admitted.
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