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What Harvard Looks For

There is no such thing as a "typical Harvard student" In our admissions process, we give careful, individual attention to each applicant. We seek to identify students who will be

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There is no such thing as a "typical Harvard student"

In our admissions process, we give careful, individual attention to each applicant. We seek to identify students who will be the best educators of one another and their professors—individuals who will inspire those around them during their College years and beyond. As we read and discuss your application, here are some things that will be on our minds.

Growth and Potential

Interests and Activities

Personal Character

Contribution to the Harvard Community

Our Process

Our admissions process enables us to give deliberate and meticulous consideration of each applicant as a whole person. It is labor intensive, but permits extraordinary flexibility and the possibility of changing decisions virtually until the day the Admissions Committee mails them. This is especially important since we are always receiving new information about applicants.

Of course, no process is perfect. Inevitably, some students who are not admitted will see great success, and even with a 97 to 98 percent graduation rate, some admitted students might have been better served at another institution. We do everything possible to make the best admissions decision for each student.

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