In for the win: how to get into Harvard

Recorded Monday, August 2 at 11:00 PM

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School information

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard is a top-tier institution with worldwide academic acclaim. At some point, you’ve probably wondered what if you have what it takes to get into this elite East Coast school.

Join Elias, a recent Harvard graduate, as he covers topics like the school's campus culture, academic requirements, extracurricular opportunities, housing options, and much more. He will also share admissions information and tips that will help you maximize your chances of an acceptance.

School information

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
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Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
1:09@MuthuM:You might be muted
1:34@MuthuM:I can hear you!
1:35@mich5250:I can hear now!
5:17@foreign_nerd:you audio is echoing
5:39@MuthuM:Audio is NOT echoing for me
6:03@mich5250:audio is good
6:05@Marigonz:How are job opportunities for international students after graduating from Harvard?
6:26@foreign_nerd:i fixed it thanks
6:31@Marigonz:If I apply for single esrly action, my transcript will only contain grades up to grade 11 coz my first quarter grades will be available only mid november. With this will the admissions officer put me on hold/defer or reject me or put me at a disadvantaged position?
7:40@sidneyjr:So excited for the livestreams Friday?
19:20@sidneyjr:I’d love to see a livestream about Harvard essays!
19:23@sidneyjr:As an undergrad, can I take classes at HBS?
19:26@Marigonz:Does applying restricted early action show my interest to harvard when accepted?
19:43@mich5250:whats the difference between an ab and sb and which is bette?
20:13@brad: What major should I do if I want to be a cardiologist?
20:16@brad:What major should I do if I want to be a cardiologist?
21:08@Marigonz:Applying to harvard in REA, can you apply to University of california schools and University of Michigan?
37:31@sidneyjr:Elias, how often is it for a Harvard undergrad to meet “exceptional” people at Harvard? Who’s the most impressive kid you’ve met at Harvard?
38:16@hrshimada28:does the major I select in my application affect my admission chances? (thinking about majoring in stem/engineering but I don't have the credentials and ec to be a super competitive candidate) would it be better to apply undecided?
38:54@JC:Test is not required right? Is it better to submit a 33 ACT or not to submit? Thank you
39:06@foreign_nerd:is it best to apply to Harvard undecided?
39:12@foreign_nerd:Do you have to score 4s or 5s on ap exams to be considered as an applicant?
40:09@Anonymous8:How can you take a course from a local college?
46:18@Marigonz:My school does not offer APs nor IB program. I took though AP exams in 3 subjects. Results will be out midAug. Whats score should i haveto report? Is worth to self report these AP in 3 subjects?
61:57@AZie:If my high school only sends one student to Harvard per year, is that enough to be an advantage?
62:30@sidneyjr:What are some of the most common mistakes of students when writing these essays?
63:12@Marigonz:From all the optional essays, how many should one answer?
63:15@JC:If a sibling attended Harvard is it considered legacy?
64:47@hrshimada28:for your listed extracurriculars, should you mostly submit extracurriculars that fit into your theme? If one ec doesnt fit into my theme should I write it into that extracurricular supplementals essay?
65:26@foreign_nerd:did you apply early or regular decision?
65:58@MuthuM:What are the components of the academic cutoff? Test scores probably, grades...class rank?
66:22@mich5250:Does applying earlier (but with regular decision) improve your chances?
66:33@mich5250:I'm a rising senior and I feel like I have very little time to do some exceptional ECs, what can I do with these like five months to improve my college profile?
67:28@AZie:Thank you!
68:21@mich5250:Bye Elias, go rest!
70:38@mich5250:whats your instagram
70:58@unior:OMG I'm so late
71:01@JC:What is the Friday livestream again?
71:16@Ishaan:nterested in film, video game design and business, Will harvard be a good fit?
72:33@Anonymous8:Watch vidIQ
72:50@Anonymous8:for youtube tips
73:28@AZie:You should personally do a quick ad clip somewhere to draw viewers
73:32@unior:I'll share it with everyone!
73:42@lunakntjnd:thank youu


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