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Harvard SSP Experiences/Accepted Applicants

Jay1020Jay1020 Registered User Posts: 465 Member
edited January 2009 in Summer Programs
I went through Harvard SSP last summer and just wanted to share experiences with others who went for future applicants.

First and foremost, yes, it is exclusive to a certain degree (my Harvard advisor said there was less than a 20% acceptance rate), but your essays/application play a huge role. I only had a 3.4 GPA with no PSAT scores, but my essays were the best single-page peice of work I have ever written. I discussed politics, economics, and the correlation between the two using linear regression analysis and the extrapolation of past economic trends. It took me a week to write.

I studied linguistics and got a B+, but I worked my a** off -- the classes are curved and you're in a room of kids ranked in the top 5% of their classes. I highly suggest supplementing your primary interest with an easy class like Gender Works so you can walk away with a higher GPA to show off when it comes to undergraduate application time. Everybody there is bright and motivated and I didn't meet a single person who "slipped through" the admissions process.

The actual experience was AMAZING--I met so many bright people from all over the US who I visit and talk to all the time to this day. My roommate became my best friend who lives in New Jersey -- I live in New York but we visit each other once every two months at least and talk on the phone a couple of times per week. I might be going back this summer if I don't get accepted to other summer programs.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Others please feel free to share your experiences to help future applicants.

And apply early! Your dorms are first come first serve.
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Replies to: Harvard SSP Experiences/Accepted Applicants

  • yeuiyeui Registered User Posts: 1 New Member

    good to know ssp is so fun. I'm really excited ^^

    I got in, but I still have to do all these "post-acceptance forms". Do you know how I can apply for financial aid? Also, I applied as Short Session I. Do you think I can change it to the full two-month one? (how)

    oh, in case anyone doesnt know, theres a Harvard Summer School 2008 group on facebook. join it =)
  • Jay1020Jay1020 Registered User Posts: 465 Member
    Before I answer your question, everybody (or a majority) of students attend Short Session I. I did, and when I came back to visit a friend during Short Session II he told me he was bored to death and couldn't wait to get back home. I couldn't find any friends either as they had left. You'll notice the population decrease.

    Your acceptance forms/tuition forms should include a box that asks you which classes you want to apply to and what times (SSI or SSII). Even though you applied for 1, changing to 2 or both is easy with those forms. If you sent those in already as well, you're going to have to call the office. Don't call the admissions office because they won't answer due to Ivy Moratorium--there's a special SSP number somewhere on the net.

    As for financial aid, I never utilized it. A simple call will get you answers though. Sorry I couldn't help you there.


    I noticed this is your first post; welcome to College Confidential!
  • asc3ndasc3nd Registered User Posts: 547 Member
    I got in, and I had a great time.

    -Make sure you check out the pizza place.
    -Have all of your medical stuff done (it's in the pain in the ass if you dont.)
    -Try to go to every activity in your free time.
    -Engange with the proffesor on the first day always stay after to talk with the proff.
  • psharma_1992psharma_1992 Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member
    do you think i should apply with a 183 psat or should i take the sat to improve my chances
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