College Tours: Harvard University

WHY IS THIS SCHOOL AWESOME?

The bustling, metropolitan city of Cambridge, Massachusetts parallels the vibrancy of the college campus of Harvard University. Boasting the largest academic library in the United States, 10 distinct research programs for undergraduates, and about 3,900 courses, Harvard is one of the best places to explore academically. The college currently offers 49 concentrations, from “History and Literature,” the original major for students in 1636, to “Theater, Dance, and Media,” the interdisciplinary major created this past year. The myriad extracurricular options foster political engagement, entrepreneurship, and community service. The comprehensive collections in Harvard’s art museums and the historic and modern theaters provide dynamic spaces for the exciting guest artists and researchers who often speak and engage directly with students. Writers are impressed by the nation’s oldest continuously published college newspaper, and athletic students are drawn to the 42 division I sports teams, as well as club and intramural sports, at Harvard. The Harvard-Yale football rivalry gives rise to the most spirited college event each year: “The Game.” It should be noted that Crimson has won the last nine. Despite this competition, Harvard is an inclusive environment, valuing diversity and supporting students of all religions, races, and genders. All freshmen live in Harvard Yard, and upperclassmen are welcomed into their houses for the next three years in a Harry Potter-like sorting process. The academic, extracurricular, and social opportunities at Harvard provide students the agency to shape their college experience in an inspiring environment surrounded by interesting and innovative peers.

 

5 WORDS TO DESCRIBE CAMPUS?

HISTORIC, COLONIAL, CHARMING, LIVELY, and COLORFUL (the bright red, orange, and yellow leaves in Harvard Yard in the fall in are beautiful)

THE "TYPICAL STUDENT" IS...

Self-motivated, excited by challenges, and either “well-rounded” or “well-lopsided,” Harvard’s definition of individuals who display particular dedication to and talent in one field. Both types of students contribute to the dynamic and diverse undergraduate population.

Flashback to graduation day for our Co-Founder & COO, Lindsay! The typical Harvard student. 

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE?

Harvard strongly encourages global awareness to create informed, empathetic citizens. This year, the student population embodies the university’s commitment to diversity of thought and background, with 9,396 international students representing 151 countries. Need-based financial aid and some grants are extended to the 60% of Harvard students who choose to take classes, volunteer, intern, or work in a field-based immersion in a foreign country during the summer or school year.

TIPS FOR THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

Take advantage of the spaces to show who you are and what you can do. Let your sense of humor shine through your Common App essay (I’d bet admissions officers love to laugh!), and use Harvard’s optional additional essay to showcase your personality in a unique way. Pay attention to the details, including your concise Common App descriptions of your high school activities and 100-word elaboration on one extracurricular or work experience for Harvard. If you have a notable commitment to and talent in an art discipline, digitally share your jazz piano compositions, tap choreography, or portrait photography. Finally, applying Early Action reduces the number of competitors for a select few spots, shows your initiative, and is non-binding.

 

FUN FACTS?

The statue in Harvard Yard, purportedly of John Harvard, the 1638 founder of Harvard University, is known as the “Statue of Three Lies.” The statue does not actually depict John Harvard, John Harvard was a benefactor and not a founder of the school, and the university was founded in 1636.
And, did you know Francois is an alum?