Harvard University

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, whose history, influence and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world.Established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature and soon thereafter named for John Harvard (its first benefactor), Harvard is the United States’ oldest institution of higher learning, and the Harvard Corporation (formally, the President and Fellows of Harvard.

College)is its first chartered corporation.Although never formally affiliated with any denomination, the early College primarily trained Congregationalist and Unitarian clergy. Its curriculum and student body were gradually secularized during the 18th century, and by the 19th century Harvard had emerged as the central cultural establishment among Boston elites.

The four year, full-time undergraduate program comprises a minority of enrollments at the university and emphasizes instruction with an “arts and sciences focus “Between 1978 and 2008, entering students were required to complete a core curriculum of seven classes outside of their concentration Since 2008, undergraduate students have been required to complete courses in eight General Education categories: Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding, Culture and Belief, Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning, Ethical Reasoning, Science of Living Systems, Science of the Physical Universe, Societies of the World, and United States in the World.

Harvard offers a comprehensive doctoral graduate program and there is a high level of coexistence between graduate and undergraduate degrees The, The New York Times, and some students have criticized Harvard for its reliance on teaching fellows for some aspects of undergraduate education; they consider this to adversely affect the quality of education.

Harvard’s academic programs operate on a semester calendar beginning in early September and ending in mid-May Undergraduates typically take four half-courses per term and must maintain a four-course rate average to be considered full-time many concentrations, students can elect to pursue a basic program or an honors-eligible program requiring a senior thesis and/or advanced course work. Students graduating in the top 4–5% of the class are awarded degrees summa cum laude, students in the next 15% of the class are awarded magna cum laude, and the next 30% of the class are awarded cum laude. Harvard has chapters of academic honor societies such as Phi Beta Kappa and various committees and departments also award several hundred named prizes annually.

Application procedure
Freshman applicants
All freshman applicants—both international and U.S. candidates—must complete the Common Application or Universal College Application, along with the required supplements. You will need to submit:

Common/Universal College Application
Harvard College Questions and Writing Supplement for the Common Application
$75 fee or a fee waiver
SAT or ACT with Writing
2 SAT Subject Tests
School Report and high school transcript
Teacher Report (2)
Mid-Year School Report
Final School Report

View details and applyApplication Deadline: November 1 (Early Action), January 1 (Regular Decision)

Transfer applicants
All transfer applicants must complete an application, along with our Supplement and some special forms for transfers. This includes:
Common/Universal College Transfer Application
Harvard College Questions and Writing Supplement for the Common Application
$75 fee or a fee waiver
SAT or ACT with Writing
College (or Registrar’s) Report
College Transcript
College Instructor Recommendation (2)
High School Transcript
View details and applyApplication Deadline: March 1 for the fall term

Visiting undergraduate applicants
There is a unique application for Visiting Undergraduate Students from another institution who spend a semester or year studying at Harvard. The requirements include:
VUS Application
$75 application fee
Tentative Plan of Study
Statement of Purpose
Dean’s Letter of Permission
Faculty Recommendation (2)
Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Official high school transcript
Official university transcript

When to Apply
Keep your application on track with our application timeline.
Key Dates
November 1 Early Action deadline
November 1 Early Financial Aid Application deadline
Mid-December Early Action decisions released
January 1 Regular Decision deadline
March 1 Financial Aid Application deadline
Late March Decision letters mailed
May 1 Reply date for Admitted Students

Testing, Language Proficiency, and Financial Aid Information
We are often asked by prospective students, “Do you count me as an international applicant?” Because applicants from outside the United States go through the same admissions process as American students, we do not categorize individual applicants in such a way.  We have no quotas of any kind for admission, all applications are evaluated by the same holistic criteria, and financial aid is equally available to all students regardless of citizenship.

When we refer to “international admissions,” we are generally referring to applicants who apply from schools outside the United States. In general, if you are applying from a school abroad, you will follow the same procedures and timetables as candidates applying from schools located in the United States.

The Harvard Club of the UK has created a website to answer specific questions for those applying from the United Kingdom. You may find it a useful source of supplemental information. Required standardized tests.

We require standardized test scores from either the SAT or ACT (with Writing), as well as two SAT subject tests. Note that the SAT II English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is not acceptable as one of the two required SAT Subject Tests.
More information about standardized testing is included in our application process. You are only exempt from this requirement if your country does not offer these tests and traveling to take them would be difficult.

English language proficiency
A strong knowledge of English is essential for successful study at Harvard, including the ability to understand and express thoughts quickly and clearly. Although you are not required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other proficiency exams, you may submit your scores if you have done so.

We encourage interested international applicants to have an interview if possible. If an interviewer is not available sufficiently close to you to make an interview possible, the absence of an interview will not adversely affect your candidacy.

Financial aid
The financial aid policies for foreign citizens are exactly the same as those for U.S. citizens. All aid is need-based, and admissions decisions are made without regard to whether an applicant has applied for financial assistance.
When you apply for aid, we work directly with your family and factor in additional expenses for international students. Harvard meets each family’s demonstrated need.

If you are admitted and not applying for financial aid, you will be asked to complete an “I-20 Certification of Finances,” without which we cannot issue visa documents.

Translated materials
If you wish to provide translations of the recommendations submitted on your behalf, please note:
All translations must include the name of the translator
A copy of the original (untranslated) reports should accompany the translation