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JulianP50JulianP50 8 replies1 threads New Member
I applied an hour before the Harvard regular decision class of 2024 deadline (not sure if the time I applied has got anything to do with what I'm going to ask). I have not received anything from them apart from a confirmation and to apply for financial aid the day after I applied. I live in London, UK so I know there are interviewers available here; but, I have heard that they only interview realistic international applicants and aim to interview all domestic students. As I'm an international student, does this more or less mean that I've been rejected?

I know it's not even mid February but I have also seen many many times that people have been writing that Harvard hold interviews from Jan to mid February for regular decisions. I'm sure they have a rough idea on their decisions now too and seeing that I was one of the last people to submit my application, they have probably seen many exceptional candidates before me.

I'm also aware for internationals it's even harder to be accepted so the likelihood of me getting in was near enough impossible anyway.

Does Harvard really screen their international applicants before interviews? Am I thinking too much into it all? If not, is it safe to assume I've been rejected and if yes, does anyone know when they'll get back to me for interviews?

I should also state I've had my interview for Stanford and would assume they have roughly the same sort of timeline for interview invitations?
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  • JulianP50JulianP50 8 replies1 threads New Member
    anyone?
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  • JulianP50JulianP50 8 replies1 threads New Member
    Seems to only have conflicting answers
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  • Groundwork2022Groundwork2022 2830 replies65 threads Senior Member
    Harvard itself seems to be sending conflicting messages. They SAY that if no interviewer is available that it will not count against you, but, according to some posters who have sifted through evidence from the lawsuit, it suggests no interview, no admittance. International students have reported that they don't know of anyone who got in without an interview, but that's anecdotal.

    I believe that the deadline for interviewers to turn in reports has passed, although one or two applicants report having a previously scheduled interview set for post deadline. I wouldn't be surprised if it was a soft deadline given that most of the folks doing them are alumni volunteers.

    At this point you are probably not going to get an interview. Waiting until the last minute to apply probably didn't help your chances of getting an interview either because those spots are known to fill up. All you can do is hope for the best and take admissions at their word that your app will still be considered. Good luck.
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  • JulianP50JulianP50 8 replies1 threads New Member
    Ahh sucks to hear that. I didn’t realise the deadline for interview reports would have gone so soon!

    I’ve also heard that no international has gotten in without an interview so I’ve assumed already I’ve been rejected. I hopefully won’t be too gutted on decision day but really would love to get some good news.

    Thank you for responding :)

    Just wondering are you an interviewer or (ex)student at Harvard or a college of similar rank?
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  • jazzingjazzing 68 replies3 threads Junior Member
    edited February 17
    The deadline for interviews has not passed. For various reasons, many local interviewing committees, primarily in the U.S., have set early deadlines for their interviewers (for example: to host group "ranking" meetings, to provide a cushion in case of stragglers, to provide reports earlier in the deliberation process). Full admissions committee meetings will take place from February 24 to March 6 this year, so there is still time for an interview, although time is running short. (I am an interviewer and have been an interviewing chair.)
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  • mavianmavian 100 replies1 threads Junior Member
    jazzing wrote: »
    The deadline for interviews has not passed. For various reasons, many local interviewing committees, primarily in the U.S., have set early deadlines for their interviewers (for example: to host group "ranking" meetings, to provide a cushion in case of stragglers, to provide reports earlier in the deliberation process). Full admissions committee meetings will take place from February 24 to March 6 this year, so there is still time for an interview, although time is running short. (I am an interviewer and have been an interviewing chair.)

    @jazzing how do you rank/prioritize interviews? Do you get test scores and GPA or just by name/school/address?

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  • JulianP50JulianP50 8 replies1 threads New Member
    @jazzing so I’m an international UK student and applied very close to the RD deadline.

    Is it right to assume if I’ve not heard anything now then I’m most likely not going to be invited for an interview, as the meetings are being held soon?

    Would writing a letter saying why I’d like to attend Harvard and/or posting artwork etc be beneficial at this stage or there’s no point?
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  • LindagafLindagaf 9936 replies538 threads Senior Member
    edited February 18
    Haven’t you read all the links posted by @skieurope ? You’re asking the same question over and over. There’s no point ever in emailing to tell Harvard why you want to attend. You convey that in your essays and SHOW them how you are a good fit.

    Maybe you can submit artwork (highly doubt it), but you need to look at what they say about that. Some schools will only consider artwork that is juried, and it probably has to be submitted via a separate portal. But think hard about that. If your artwork was good enough to submit, they might wonder why you didn’t do so when you were supposed to, like other applicants who submitted it on time. How will it reflect favorably on you that you’re only just submitting it?

    And fwiw, you sound very much like a former CC user who lived in the UK, submitted an hour before the deadline, and also interviewed with Stanford (or was that your “friend”?)
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  • mavianmavian 100 replies1 threads Junior Member
    edited February 18
    JulianP50 wrote: »
    @jazzing so I’m an international UK student and applied very close to the RD deadline.

    Is it right to assume if I’ve not heard anything now then I’m most likely not going to be invited for an interview, as the meetings are being held soon?

    Would writing a letter saying why I’d like to attend Harvard and/or posting artwork etc be beneficial at this stage or there’s no point?

    Harvard gives you the option of submitting art/dance/music/other via SlideRoom. It's explained on the portal with a link. The deadline was 1/6 ...

    If you're just thinking about uploading on the portal, it says upload Scholarly Articles, Research Papers or, Presentations, Creative Writing Examples, Personal Updates, Unofficial Transcripts, Unofficial Standardized test scores only.
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  • JulianP50JulianP50 8 replies1 threads New Member
    @Lindagaf That’s fair. I’ve seen some people say that they’ve shown their interest in the school by sending an additional letter, so I thought I’d ask.

    That’s true. After I sent my response I realised the deadline had gone anyway. It was more of a thing that kind of elaborated on an extracurricular. I guess I’ll wait it out and perhaps forget about it all as the lack of interview gives a guaranteed answer to my application.

    Thank you!
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  • JulianP50JulianP50 8 replies1 threads New Member
    @mavian Ah yes I realised the deadline after I sent my reply so that’s out the window haha!

    I don’t think I can make any difference at this stage so I’ll leave it! The process was exhausting but a fun one and although very unlikely, I hope there’s some sort of good news next month!
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40544 replies7539 threads Super Moderator
    JulianP50 wrote: »
    Seems to only have conflicting answers

    Because it's all speculation. File it under "It is what it is." You will not get a definitive answer.
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  • jazzingjazzing 68 replies3 threads Junior Member
    edited February 18
    mavian wrote: »
    jazzing wrote: »
    The deadline for interviews has not passed. For various reasons, many local interviewing committees, primarily in the U.S., have set early deadlines for their interviewers (for example: to host group "ranking" meetings, to provide a cushion in case of stragglers, to provide reports earlier in the deliberation process). Full admissions committee meetings will take place from February 24 to March 6 this year, so there is still time for an interview, although time is running short. (I am an interviewer and have been an interviewing chair.)

    @jazzing how do you rank/prioritize interviews? Do you get test scores and GPA or just by name/school/address?

    @mavian
    I'm not sure exactly what you mean, but I'll try to answer. I most familiar with the domestic interview process. The international process works differently because there are few alumni interviewers in most countries outside the U.S.

    Chairs only get an applicant's name, high school, email, phone number(s), and early action vs. regular action status. Home addresses are no longer provided, presumably to safeguard students. Students are assigned to interview ("schools and scholarships") committees based on the high school. The names come in quickly, usually one or two days after the application is submitted, although some are delayed for a variety of factors. For example, there might be delays for home schooled students, those who have graduated but are no longer in the same community as their high school, and students who are studying abroad for the semester or year.

    AOs can choose to provide interview profile (IVP) ratings, which typically are available about two to three weeks after the regular action application deadline (or one to two weeks after the early action deadline). Most interview committee chairs try to assign interviews within a few days of receiving names, so they can't wait for the IVPs. Some chairs, usually those who don't have enough interviewers for all of their applicants, wait for the IVPs so they can choose which students will receive an interview. But this applies primarily to smaller places with few interviewers. Most chairs don't prioritize interviews based on IVP ratings: They have enough alumni to interview all applicants. But think about this: A chair might need to assign several hundred students and make sure that all of the students are interviewed and that all of the reports are submitted within a few weeks. If a chair waits two weeks for the IVPs, it can be nearly impossible to get everything done in time for the admissions committee deliberations.

    The process is more streamlined than before because everything is online. In the not-too-distant past (about 5 years ago, believe it or not) everything was printed out in the admissions office and had to be filed in physical folders. About 15 years ago, interview assignments were sent by snail mail to chairs, who would contact alumni by email, and before that, by snail mail. I can't imagine how many things got lost or misfiled. Even though it's more streamlined, the process is dependent on humans, and it's decentralized. Some chairs take longer than others to make assignments in the portal, which sends automated emails. Some automated emails go into spam folders. Some interviewers don't check email frequently or they forget about assignments and have to be reminded. Some interviewers are relatively passive about contacting students and following up with those who don't respond. (After all, it is possible that an email can go into an applicant's spam folder.)

    When I read CC posts stating that someone got an interview invitation a couple of days after applying and someone else has been waiting for weeks, I'm not surprised, but many people on CC wonder what's going on and assume that Harvard has a perfect fool-proof centralized system managed precisely by the admissions office. (No college has that.) You have to remember that the admissions office doesn't control the process. It's decentralized and farmed out to alumni volunteers, most of whom are dedicated, sincere, and hard working (but, unfortunately, some are not).

    Some interview committees hold ranking meetings after all interviews reports are done, but these are less common, and the admissions office looks less favorably on them than in the past. Previously, interviewers were encouraged to ask about grades/class rank and scores, then it became optional, and now it's discouraged. Ranking meetings might have had some value when academic criteria could be taken into account. Now, such meetings add little to the admissions committee's deliberations.

    Harvard is one of the few schools that puts significant weight on the interview, and Harvard puts more weight on it than just about any other school, but the process, just like the admissions process, is not perfect (though it's good).
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  • jazzingjazzing 68 replies3 threads Junior Member
    edited February 18
    JulianP50 wrote: »
    @jazzing so I’m an international UK student and applied very close to the RD deadline.

    Is it right to assume if I’ve not heard anything now then I’m most likely not going to be invited for an interview, as the meetings are being held soon?

    Would writing a letter saying why I’d like to attend Harvard and/or posting artwork etc be beneficial at this stage or there’s no point?

    I don't think you can assume anything about the interview until mid-March. If the admissions committee discusses a candidate who doesn't have an interview report, and they are strongly considering a candidate, they will usually reach out to try to obtain an interview, even in March if necessary.

    That said, most interviews are conducted by February.
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