Harvard Early Action for Fall 2022 Admission

Harvard University offers Early Action for freshman admissions.

The Early Action (EA) deadline for Fall 2022 admission at Harvard is November 1.

All early action applicants should receive an admissions decision by December 15. Last year, Harvard admitted 934 of the 6,955 applicants who applied Early Action. The acceptance rate was 13.43%. For more information visit the Harvard University page on College Confidential.

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Hey guys,

Quick related question - on the Harvard Application Portal, there is a Check List, which lists all the items Harvard has received from Common App or elsewhere, such as Application, School Transcript, Test Scores, and etc. Do you guys see an item called “Writing Supplement”?

The reason I am asking is that my friend submitted the Application and the Writing Supplement (the optional essay) on different dates through Common App, but he never saw the Writing Supplement listed as “Received” on the Harvard Portal…

Thanks for your help in advance!

Based on last year…. The common app, including essays, is just one line item on the check list. Teacher Rec’s, school report, test scores are other line items

Those stats seem to be for class of 2024 not 2025. Last year there was over 10K applicants early. Though I was wondering if that scared people off this year. There were less kids applying to Harvard from my daughter’s school this year.

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Many thanks!

Further. If you took out some assumed athletes and legacies, estimated numbers since I never saw a breakout, the rest of the acceptances was about 4%, compared to 3.4% RD.

When will they say how many applied early?

Ooh that might be because it hasn’t been downloaded yet. Because they submitted it on different days, the college probably downloaded the rest of the materials but hasn’t downloaded the supplement yet.

Probably after early decisions come out. At least that’s what happened last year.

When they announce decisions.

Probably just a copied post from an earlier year. Last year was 7.4%. It also seems like the release date is always a Thursday, which makes 12/16 a likely target this year.

Quick Question
Does anyone have any idea regarding interviews offered by Harvard for early applicants?
Like when they start calling applicants for interview

They’ve already started

Going back to chance on early admission. No one seems to have seen an official breakout on early admissions last year. Only for class of 2024, 330 approx were legacy, 250 athletes. But they took about 900 early. Last year, 750. No one knows who many were legacy, athletes and what was left. But if it was even 275, 200. There was also a bigger push for first time college. I thought I saw 14% (of the class) was first time college, if most of that was done in early round, the chance of unhooked student was quite low. Right? That would be a great breakout. Maybe there are better chances on RD, than EA if you are unhooked.

Last year college sports were suspended and there were no campus visit or college athletes recruiting. So all 750 slots went to non-athletes which usually get about 720. This year may be a very different story if the colleges try to make up lost ground in athlete recruiting. We could be looking at less than 700 going to non-athletes in REA.

Regarding EA vs RD, I think the chance of success depends on kid’s profile. Every year we see REA deferrals being admitted in RD. This youtube girl even received a Yale LikelyLetter which was sent to top 10% of admits. But REA is to fill niches in the college class, being athletes, musicians or specialists in certain academic areas. For example, there was a kid in my DC’s year who was a prodigy composer. The kid was offered an REA admission despite a low SAT score. Once such a special talent slot is filled, if another similar candidate comes along in RD there would be no room for the second copy of the same profile. Such preference in REA for niche candidates tends to give the impression especially in the Harvard lawsuit data that REA gives a boost over RD. But my own observation tells me that its probably a selection bias. For a generally super strong applicant RD may be more favorable, while an applicant with some special accomplishment REA is a better route.

I disagree. I would bet Sophia Montgomery was a sailing recruit. I think there were some, despite athletics being cancelled.

But without the breakdown, we don’t know. And maybe they won’t break it down anymore.

And the athletic recruits for class of 2024, where there was 250 athletes are the ones that were affected by the lack of athletics in their fall. The class of 2025, competed.

Despite those declarations, one major subset of the Class of 2025 — recruited athletes — is more predominantly white than in previous years, according to the results of The Crimson’s annual freshman survey.

Last year, the Class of 2024’s recruited athlete class was slightly more diverse than the year before — the proportion of white athletes dropped to 72.9 percent from 74.5 percent, alongside increases in the share of athletes identifying as Hispanic or Latinx, Asian, and Black or African American. This year, however, white students represent 82.9 percent of freshman recruited athletes.

The proportion of the members of the freshman class accepted into Harvard as recruited athletes — 10.4 percent — stayed relatively consistent with last year, marking only a 0.2 percent decrease.

This is from the crimson survey of the freshman class. So it was about 200