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Harvard Class of 2023 RD

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  • gibbygibby 10537 replies248 threads Senior Member
    edited March 2019
    @J123D123 wrote " it’s not about just getting in its all about graduating."

    I would go one step further: It's all about graduating at the TOP of your college class. Let's be real here: A student graduating in the bottom half of their graduating class from Harvard (and 50% do every year) does NOT have a better shot at a job than someone graduating with high honors from a well respected college such as Amherst, Williams, Pomono, Vanderbilt, Rice, UMich etc.

    And for the record: students admitted to Harvard tomorrow need to understand something.

    Just as course rigor varies among high schools, there are also varying levels of course rigor at different colleges. Harvard (and the rest of the ivies) -- rightly, or wrongly -- believe they are teaching to the gifted and talented students of this world, so to challenge those "best of the best" students, professors are encouraged to pour on the work.

    For example, some courses normally taught over an ENTIRE YEAR at another college are taught during ONE SEMESTER at Harvard. Let's take LS2 (Evolutionary Human Physiology and Anatomy), which is the Bio course recommended for students interested in pursing medical school. The course is jammed packed with things you wouldn't be asked to do at another undergraduate college, like identifying every bone in the human body by week two in the course, something most students don't have to do until medical school. Yes, it's a fabulous experience for some students, but because ivy league professors have higher expectations of their student's, not many students get an 'A' in LS2.

    FWIW: Here's the syllabus. Judge for yourself how well you might do just by looking at the expectations of the professors for this course: https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/adamfrange/files/life_sciences_2_evolutionary_human_physiology_and_anatomy_syllabus_2012.pdf

    How many students on this thread think they can get an 'A' in LS2?? My guess is that those same students might more easily get an 'A' at another college taking the equivalent course. Some food for thought with one day to go!
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  • CornellCOECornellCOE 25 replies0 threads Junior Member
    At 7PM, EST, when my mind is racing towards scanning the decision letter, what should I look for?

    Acceptance- Congratulations, we are delighted to inform, we are pleased to... etc;
    Reject- Thank you for your interest... after careful consideration of ....
    Waitlist..?
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  • J123D123J123D123 271 replies6 threads Junior Member
    edited March 2019
    Yes I would agree that those graduating with high honors at the highly respected colleges you mentioned ( Vanderbilt, Rice, Amherst and Williams ) likely have the same or better opportunity than the bottom half of Harvard. These same schools go after Ivy Caliber students with nice scholarship packages. So they are equally among the elite no matter the school and will almost always succeed on their own merits.

    Always...Always keep in mind the fine line between those accepted and those who go to their second Top Choice school is imaginary as well and everyone will rise to their own desired level of achievement and hopefully satisfaction as well as most importantly happiness.

    Don’t Worry Be Happy 😊
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  • TheGuy1TheGuy1 926 replies5 threads Member
    @gibby

    "I can confirm the high/low priority situation for Yale but did not want to come out on this forum as it is not the school's "party line"."

    I thought the priority, if at all, is determined by the adcom members after the interview report is received and the whole app is re/evaled?



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  • gibbygibby 10537 replies248 threads Senior Member
    @TheGuy1: Not according to an alumni interviewer.
    Due to the # of apps, individual regional coordinators are submitting a "high priority" list and a "low priority" list to the directors in late January.

    For most applicants that late January date would occur prior to an interview report being submitted.
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  • PianoWinterfellPianoWinterfell 204 replies16 threads Junior Member
    @gibby Is the priority list determined based solely on stats or the whole app?
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  • gibbygibby 10537 replies248 threads Senior Member
    edited March 2019
    @PianoWinterfell: My guess is it's just stats, as the AO's would not have time to read every student's whole app by the end of January.
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  • schoologyschoology 45 replies9 threads Junior Member
    edited March 2019
    An interview cannot count against someone because not everyone is offered one. By making a high priority/low priority list they would be providing certain ppl with an advantage.
    Honestly IDK how it works, someone told me this soooo idk

    I also know people who got in without an interview.
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  • whatsmypasswordwhatsmypassword 115 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Are these people US or international?
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  • withachancewithachance 3 replies2 threads New Member
    Good Luck to us all!!
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  • bertieprcbertieprc 23 replies0 threads Junior Member
    For future applicants' reference, if you are an applicant from countries with limited interviews and did not get an interview, you can not possibly get accepted.
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  • love2cheeseslove2cheeses 113 replies9 threads Junior Member
    Hope whoever gets in today will post whether you had an interview and the date for future applicants.
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  • murphr60murphr60 3 replies1 threads New Member
    Does Harvard send out acceptance letter via mail too? I don't know why but for some reason I'd prefer to find out opening an envelope
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40799 replies7572 threads Super Moderator
    Does Harvard send out acceptance letter via mail too?
    Yes.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40799 replies7572 threads Super Moderator
    edited March 2019
    @skieurope any thoughts?
    Yes. But you will have actual data points in less than 12 hours. Since the speculation is pointless, I'll refrain from providing my theories.

    Good luck to all.
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  • CornellCOECornellCOE 25 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Otherthan today being ivyday, is there any formal communication from Harvard about decisions? I still don’t see any update on portal.
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  • BluemarkerBluemarker 49 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Can someone explain to me why my Yale checklist is gone but my Harvard checklist is still there?
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  • misty88981misty88981 34 replies1 threads Junior Member
    They do, but acceptance packages arrive a week or two after portals are updated with admissions decisions.
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  • LincolnsGFLincolnsGF 164 replies2 threads Junior Member
    @Bluemarker not all college portals are designed the same way buddy
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  • LincolnsGFLincolnsGF 164 replies2 threads Junior Member
    edited March 2019
    @CornellCOE Harvard just tweeted that decisions are coming out today at 7pm EDT.
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