If you want to submit your Harvard application, the following timeline is vital.
The first thing you need to do is take a road trip. The summer before your senior year you will want to visit the Harvard campus. It’s best to set up a formal tour with admissions representatives rather than just showing up and walking around. If you are visiting more than Harvard, you will want to keep a file folder of each school and write down the admissions and financial aid deadlines. This will keep things organized later on.
In September, you will want to meet with your high school counselor. They will help you look over your transcript and give you pointers about applying to Harvard. If you read this in time, maybe you can give them some pointers!
If you are certain that you want to attend Harvard and are applying for early decision or early action, get busy. Early application deadlines are usually in November for all schools. Harvard’s early decision deadline is November 1.
Also, start writing your admissions essay if you have not already done so. Begin the brainstorming process and generate ideas for a winning essay. We will guide you through the details of writing an application essay to Harvard later.
It’s time to get those letters of recommendation moving. Give these people plenty of time to write a high quality recommendation. It’s also a nice touch to provide them with stamped and addressed envelopes.
Submit your early decision and early action applications now. Why wait until the deadline? Give yourself a week to send everything in. Never procrastinate!
November 1st is the deadline date for Early Action at Harvard. If you took the SAT, send in your scores now.
Contact the financial aid office at Harvard and see what forms you need to fill out. You and your parents will need to start gathering income data to fill out the FAFSA financial aid form that comes out January 1st. If you still need to send in applications, finish those up before or during winter break.
On December 15th, early action decisions are released by Harvard
January 1st is the final deadline for all regular action admission application materials. In order to be considered for Regular Action at Harvard, all information must be received by this date.
In late January the last testing date is offered for the SAT.
Contact Harvard and make sure they received your application material. Make sure that you register for the AP exams that you will be taking. By mid February, the last testing date is offered for the ACT.
March 1st is the financial aid deadline for attending any university in the fall. In late March and early April, Harvard decisions (not early decisions) will be mailed.
This is when you’ll want to compare financial aid awards between schools that have accepted you. Make your decision before May 1st as that is the typical deadline for the majority of schools. If you are waitlisted and still want to attend Harvard, call the admissions office and let them know.
If you took AP exams, send the scores to the school you will be attending. Avoid the dreaded disease of senioritis at all costs and study for your finals! Don’t have an admissions offer rescinded because you did poorly on your final exams.
Send your final transcript to Harvard.
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