Harvard University - Harvard College (MA)

Harvard University - Harvard College (MA)

Common Application

    EA/EA II: Nov, 1
    Regular Decision: Jan. 1

2012 Essay Questions:
Common Application Essays:

1.      Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences in the space below (1000 character maximum). 

2.      Please write an essay (250-500 words) on a topic of your choice or on one of the options listed below. 

l  Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.

l  Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you. 

l  Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence. 

l  Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence. 

l  A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you. 

l  Topic of your choice.

Supplemental Essay Questions: 

l  Additional Essay:

Occasionally, students feel that college application forms do not provide sufficient opportunity to convey important information about themselves or their accomplishments. If there is something you would like us to know, please inform us below. If you wish to include an additional essay, you may do so. 

Possible Topics:

1.      Unusual circumstances in your life 

2.      Travel or living experiences in other countries

3.      A letter to your future college roommate

4.      An intellectual experience (course, project, book, discussion, paper or research topic) that has meant the most to you

5.      How you hope to use your college education

6.      A list of the books you have read during the past twelve months


What specific plan do you have, if any, for using the education you hope to receive? (Characters available 500)

Documents Required:
  • $75 Application Fee or Waiver
  • Official score reports from the SAT or ACT
  • Official score reports for 2 SAT Subject Tests
  • Secondary School Report
  • Mid-Year School Report
  • 2 Teacher Evaluations
Other Information:
                    Harvard College Admissions
                    86 Brattle Street
                    Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone:                   617-495-1551 (Admissions Office)
FAX:                       617-495-8821
E-mail:                    college@fas.harvard.edu
Application Info:     http://www.admissions.college.harvard.edu/apply/index.html

SAT/TOEFL Code:    3434
ACT Code: