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How to transfer to Harvard?

fbnfkdgbffbnfkdgbf 3 replies3 threads New Member
edited April 2019 in Harvard University
I am just wondering how can you maximize the chance of transferring to Harvard
edited April 2019
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  • gibbygibby 10537 replies246 threads Senior Member
    edited April 2019
    With respect to transfer applications, I think Yale says it best! As such, I've taken the liberty of replacing the word 'Yale' with 'Harvard' in the below quote.
    Transfer candidates should explain in their application essays how studying at Harvard would give them an educational opportunity particular to their interests that could be experienced nowhere else. A desire to leave one’s current school is not a compelling reason for admission to Harvard.

    If you can answer that question, you will have maximized your chances!
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  • thumper1thumper1 77981 replies3490 threads Senior Member
    @gibby it’s my understanding that Harvard does not participate in the Questbridge program.
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  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls 6416 replies1 threads Senior Member
    I agree with @gibby. Your best chances of ever attending Harvard is to do very well at whatever school you attend, and hope to attend Harvard (or a similar school) for graduate school. Transferring into Harvard is exceptionally difficult.

    I will note that Harvard has (extracted from Wikipedia): "...about 6,700 undergraduate students and about 15,250 postgraduate students". Clearly they accept graduate students who did their undergrad at many other schools. My experience when in graduate school at a similar university on the opposite coast, is that the other graduate students there had done their undergrad at a very wide range of other schools.
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  • jym626jym626 57387 replies3009 threads Senior Member
    And IIRC its even harder to transfer than to be accepted as a freshman. Never mind the $$$.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40797 replies7569 threads Super Moderator
    edited April 2019
    it’s my understanding that Harvard does not participate in the Questbridge program.
    And IIRC its even harder to transfer than to be accepted as a freshman.
    Also correct. Harvard accepts ~ 12 transfers per year, many of them recruited athletes. The balance will be from colleges that don't offer something which is available at Harvard. There is little that Harvard offers that one cannot get at USC.

    Planning a transfer before even beginning freshman year is just folly, IMO. Love the school that loves you back.
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  • sherpasherpa 4895 replies97 threads Senior Member
    It's simple but it isn't easy. Be an academically strong student who excels in a sport in which Harvard competes.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 35356 replies399 threads Senior Member
    It's more than being able to articulate why H would give *you* opportunity more than anywhere else.

    You need to be perfect for Harvard's wants and needs, with a top record as they define it.

    Chances this would change from the RD decision, after one semester elsewhere, are slimmer than slim. Same if you apply in soph year. You'd be a newbie on the college scene, not many accomplishments behind you.
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  • compmomcompmom 11547 replies81 threads Senior Member
    Enjoy USC.

    Why would you want to transfer?
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