4 months ago
Harvard prospective students

Will Harvard accept a transfer Associates degree obtained through dual credit?

I'm currently a junior on track to get my Associate's degree along with my high school diploma (extra: I'm going to be 16 then, so I'd be among the youngest). I know Harvard does not accept dual credit on its own as college credit as I found this written on their transfer students info site, "Students who have completed one full-time year of college in a regular degree program in lieu of their senior year of high school (often referred to as dual enrollment) should apply for first-year admission if these courses are taken for credit towards a high school diploma."

So the thing is I will have completed two entire full-time years of college, not just one. The only thing I can think of that might make the answer to my question a "no" (other than the fact that it was dual credit) is that on the same site it said "Students are eligible to transfer only from a liberal arts curriculum that is similar to Harvard’s. Candidates whose education has been in a vocational, professional, technical, online, extension, or performance program will not ordinarily qualify for transfer admission."

Our program has us enrolled as normal college students at our local community college, so I don't think that would mean our liberal arts curriculum is different, but I may be wrong.

I know if I drop all the dual credits and apply as a first-year student, my profile will still be strong because of my two years of dual credit, but I still want to know if they would accept the credits through transfer. Even if they do, it would probably be harder to get in since they only accept about 12 transfer students per year.

So hypothetically, if they do accept those 60 or so credits through transfer, would it be safer to go ahead and apply as a first-year student? Especially since the credits were done at a community college.

Idk if this will help, but I live in Texas and I plan on applying to a major in social science.

@DebaterMAX4 months ago

You should email Harvard and ask them as they would be able to better answer if they accept.

@JenniferMesa3 months ago

Hi! I'm also on the same boat as you: I will also be graduating with an AA but, I've connected with Harvard grads before and they've all told me that they don't accept any of those credits so, you still go in as a first year. The only thing they'll let you do is take placement exams for certain subjects so you can skip an intro class or something. I hope this helps!

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4 months ago

I do not believe Harvard will accept your Associate's degree obtained through dual credit. And you can verify that by writing them directly.

Since you are applying from HS, you will have to pass the hundreds of admissions criteria that Havard admissions officers apply to every incoming freshman applicant. The most important academic criteria are the following.

1.) Have a near perfect unweighted GPA

2.) Take the hardest courses available to you

3.) Show evidence of intellectual vitality through your own interests, research, internships, outside coursework.

4.) If you are submitting SAT/ACT, meet a threshold of about 99% percentile score.

5.) Take 4 years math, 4 years English, 4 years language, 4 years science (bio, chem, physics +1 adv. course in one of these), 3 years History inc. US & Euro.

6.) If you submit subjects, just submit 1 math, and 1 humanity but not one in your native language if it is not English.

The only way to receive college credit as an incoming freshman is to apply for Advanced Standing which allows you to graduate in 6 or 7 semesters instead of 8. See the first link. Once you apply for advance standing you will receive Harvard Credit up to 32 credits (out of the 128 needed for graduation) based on the AP Exam scores you submit. Harvard College only gives you Harvard Credit if you receive a 5 out of 5 on a subset of the AP Exams they accept. So let's say you submit AP Lang, AP Calc AB, AP Physics C, AP Psych and you get all 5s on them, Harvard will give you 16 Harvard Credits which are credited against your graduation requirements, so you'll need 112 credits to graduate instead of 128. These classes have ZERO value for Harvard Credit, AP Music Theory, AP Studio Art I/II/Drawing, AP Gov, AP Human Geo, AP Comparative Gov, AP World Hist, AP CS (A), AP CS Principles, AP Environmental, AP Physics I and II.

In your case, I would look to signing up for as many College Board AP Exams as possible that you think you can get a score of 5. Anything less than a 5, is not given Harvard credit.





If you read all the information provided on their website regarding graduation requirements you will see that about 12/32 courses are Harvard requirements, and the next 10-14 are courses in your Major or Concentration. So you really only have about 6-10 elective courses to play with. Harvard like many Ivys is not as generous with giving incoming Freshmen college credit because they do not feel that a State school course is equivalent to their own classes. Nevertheless, they are more generous than say Brown U. which gives ZERO credit for AP coursework or Dartmouth that uses AP for placement but none of it counts toward the 35 required courses needed to graduate. You will find that other LACs like Williams also does not give any AP credit.

If you want the full value of your Associate degree applied to your incoming application, your best bet is to apply to a large state college like the University of Texas system because they are most familiar with Texas-based AA degree programs offered within Texas.

Hope that helps you out. Good Luck.


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