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Is it worth applying to Harvard?

Hello everyone, I'm not sure if I should apply to Harvard. My grades and extracurriculars are pretty decent, but I don't know if it's worth the application fee and time. Should I give it a shot or focus on other schools?

7 months ago

It's normal to feel uncertain when considering applying to highly selective schools like Harvard. Ultimately, the decision is up to you and depends on several factors. Here are a few points to consider when deciding whether to apply:

1. Fit: Think about whether Harvard aligns with your interests, needs, and long-term goals. Research the school's programs and campus culture to determine if it's a good fit for you academically and socially. If you can genuinely see yourself thriving at Harvard, it might be worth applying.

2. Competitive Profile: Compare your academic profile (GPA, test scores, and course rigor) and extracurricular involvements to those of successful Harvard applicants. While GPA and test scores are only part of the picture, knowing where you stand can help inform your decision. Keep in mind, it's essential to have a well-developed specialty, or "spike," rather than simply being well-rounded.

3. Financial Resources: Application fees can add up quickly when applying to multiple schools, so it's crucial to carefully allocate your resources. If the application fee is a concern, see if you qualify for a fee waiver. Remember that Harvard has a robust financial aid program, so if you're accepted, there’s a chance your financial needs will be met.

4. Time Constraints: Are you able to dedicate the necessary time to complete a strong application, including writing a compelling essay tailored to Harvard? Consider the time required to tailor the application while still maintaining your focus on your other applications.

5. Reach vs. Safety vs. Match: It's essential to have a balanced list of reach, match, and safety schools. Harvard is likely a reach school for most applicants, so if your list is already heavy on reach schools, consider focusing on match and safety schools instead.

For more information on Harvard admissions statistics click here: https://blog.collegevine.com/what-does-it-really-take-to-get-into-harvard

In the end, if you feel Harvard is a good fit and you have a competitive profile, it might be worth giving it a shot. Applying to top schools like Harvard is always a gamble due to their low acceptance rates, but if you never try, you'll never know if you could have been accepted. Good luck with your decision!

7 months ago

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