9 months ago
Harvard prospective students

Computer Science Subject Requirements


I am currently residing in Singapore and am doing my A-levels. I wish to apply to undergraduate computer science course but am not able to locate the subject and grade requirements for my particular course. I am also doubtful whether I should take further math or not. Could someone please help me out on whether further math is required as well as what subjects are required for admission into computer science through A levels.


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9 months ago

Great question @IrrationalBattery. At Harvard, students don't actually apply to set programs! You will have to select your intended concentration(s) on your application, so you can go ahead and select "computer science" when you fill out the CommonApp in the fall, but if you are accepted to Harvard, you can actually study any concentration (major) you'd like when you arrive whether that's folklore and mythology or mechanical engineering. As a result, Harvard doesn't really have concentration-specific requirements.

However, to maximize your chances of admission at Harvard, you'll want to take as rigorous a course load as possible. And given that you're interested in pursuing computer science, you'll probably want to have some challenging STEM-related courses on your transcript. I'd recommend taking whatever math-heavy courses your school offers (mathematics, economics, physics, etc.), and considering taking some other challenging science classes as well (possibly A levels in chemistry and biology). In terms of grades and test scores, the nearer your grades and scores are to perfect, the more competitive an applicant you will be. Hope this helps!


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