What Are YOUR Chances of Getting Into Harvard?
Many would-be applicants are curious about their chances of getting into Harvard. In magical movies, such as The Wizard of Oz, the main characters come face to face with the great and powerful Oz. They shake with fear as they hear a booming voice that shouts loudly at them from behind the secret curtain. They later find out that the powerful Oz is a mere man.
Many students believe admissions officers are like Oz and picture them sitting around a table with
gavel in hand, rejecting student upon student. This is not the case. In fact, admissions officers are not looking for reasons to reject your application; they are looking for reasons to get excited about it.
The Harvard team wants to learn about you and if they feel you belong at their school they will fight for you to be admitted. Although there is no formula for getting into Harvard there are some commonalities that qualify applicants:
- Admissions committees want to know how you are going to contribute to the school.
- Each applicant is viewed as an individual. There is no “Harvard prototype.” They want to know about you and what you can bring to the campus!
- Admissions officers at Harvard want to know about you as a person, not just an application filled with test scores and grades.
- Harvard wants to see that you are a person who is passionate about something in life.
- A track record of showing leadership in and out of the classroom.
- Admissions officers are impressed by students who are emotionally mature and introspective. Great leaders are often introspective and exhibit mature character.
- Admissions committees at Harvard are impressed by students who are comfortable with themselves and convey confidence.
- Students who can show an intrinsic desire to learn, with specific examples, have a better chance at being admitted to Harvard.
- Admissions officers state that the number one mistake students make is trying to be someone other than themselves. Harvard knows you are unique, they just want you to show them how unique you are. What sets you apart from the rest of the candidates?
- Admissions officers want to make sure you are a good fit for Harvard’s unique culture.
But what are your chances? In common with other Ivy League schools, applications to Harvard continue to rise as the acceptance rate reaches record lows. This years Harvard yield was the lowest ever at 5.8%.
International students form 10% of Harvard’s student pool. Harvard wants to attract the worlds finest and their cast of alumni reflect this. Benazir Bhutto, Felipe Calderon and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf are just 3 world leaders who have graced campus.
A word on home school and transfer applicants. Harvard accepts hundreds of applications from home schooled students each year. Organization is key. Hold a detailed record of course work and take advantage of summer programs to underline your credentials. Meanwhile Harvard admits 12 transfer students a year from 1,500 applicants.