The Ultimate Guide to Harvard University

Recorded Wednesday, October 14 at 11:30 PM

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School information

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Learn what it takes to get into Harvard and what it's like to attend Harvard University.

Elias Miller, a recent graduate of Harvard, will walk through everything you need to know about the university from academics to the campus culture to the type of admissions profile that is required to get accepted.

He'll also open up the floor to answer any and all questions about Harvard. If you're not able to visit campus in the fall, this livestream will help you learn more about whether Harvard is the right school for you.

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.
19:51@anonymous:As an international student (Canadian) is there something in particular you suggest I do to help myself "stand out in the crowd?"
21:12@anonymous:Should I submit an AP score of 4 since it is also my major?
21:48@anonymous:I have not taken AP or IB, will that affect my chances for admissions?
22:32@Aayush:If I changed my major(say, from Mechanical to aerospace) after the admission to Harvard, would it affect my scholarship?
23:19@anonymous:What did you write your thesis about?
23:30@dinchz99:If I had a long gap between high school and college, where will I get the letters of recommendation from?
24:38@anonymous:Regarding supplemental essay intellectual activities outside of school, is it better to focus on only 1-2 activities or list more to show you went out of your way to do more?
25:21@anonymous:If my major is undeclared do I have a disadvantage during the admissions process?
36:08@Lisablack:1.Does having a gap year show you are inactive or don't commit you plans determinedly? 2.Is participating in an international science competition that ain't that known but still competitive impressive?
37:58@Aayush:How can I effectively Email the Professors from Harvard, to make me stand out better?
38:50@usha:How important are awards in the admissions process?
39:06@anonymous:What do you think the effect will be for all the students who took a gap year this year? Will there be less acceptances this year?
39:49@anonymous:What is premed like at Harvard?
41:22@anonymous:What is engineering like at Harvard? Looks like there's a new SEAS building that's located out by the business school.
41:56@anonymous:Harvard vs Yale? :)
55:49@zimmy123:Can you speak to what was involved in getting your language citation? How difficult were the Mandarin classes?
57:16@anonymous:How can we find a list of Harvard's professors in each major?
57:34@anonymous:I do tons of extra-circulars and lead practically all of them. With that said, I haven't won any competitions or participated in any research programs. Many students accepted to Harvard DO have these awards/experiences. Should I be looking for these opportunities?
58:35@anonymous:Is it better to apply REA or RD, if there are no hooks, no awards, but the application is strong now, and will not have wait to improve GPA?
59:39@anonymous:Can I submit a resume with my application
75:11@mimi:Can you talk about why you applied to Harvard? And compare the several universities you have attended? your likes and dislikes?
76:23@anonymous:How easy to access professors for academic help? Mostly by TA or professor?
76:58@anonymous:How would you say Harvard compares to a highly ranked state school; is it worth the extra cost? How would it compare to a small liberal arts school where undergrads are the focus?
80:30@anonymous:How we get an essay reviewed?
85:49@mimi:What are general hours of these restaurants? Do the dining halls open late at night?
91:12@Lisablack:Are there Halal meat and all those Islamic foods?
91:53@mimi:When do Harvard students go to bed and get up generally? Are all facilities within those houses open 24x7? e.g. gym etc.
92:28@anonymous:Is there a way to get personalized advice from College Vine? Does that cost money?
93:47@anonymous:The Harvard application has very few supplemental questions, two are only 150 words. What is the best way to showcase yourself via the application
94:25@anonymous:I miss first part of your presentation, can u email us?
101:07@Lisablack:Is translating a book impressive?
101:17@anonymous:What if your Region has a weak regional admissions officer?
101:47@anonymous:Did you do much off campus in Cambridge/Boston? How was the interaction between students and surrounding areas?
102:34@JennyWu:What is the type of student who'd do well at both Harvard and MIT (if that exists)?
102:53@anonymous:So far all SAT tests are cancelled but I just got news that I made it to PSAT Natioanl Merit Commended student. Will that help since I can't submit a SAT score
103:11@Aayush:Is SAT subject test important at Harvard, if majoring on STEM?
103:25@anonymous:Was there anything surprising about Harvard that you didn't expect going in? Was there anything you didn't like or thought Harvard could improve on?
104:41@Lisablack:Can coming from a country that doesn't have much applicant to harvard alleviate out chance? As harvard want to keep its diversity
105:06@Aayush:what can I get most out of it, if I major on Aerospace from Harvard? (As an international student, it seems ITAR rules doesn't let us even to do internship at Aerospace Companies, and for working after that too on those companies!)?
105:45@anonymous:Do we check the box for race in the Common App, or should we leave it blank? Which will be better with regard to our chances? Say if we are Asian American?
106:04@mimi:Are all the houses you mentioned on campus?
106:21@Aayush:Most of the online events are at midnight for my location? What else can I do for that?


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