How to Get Admission To Harvard University For International Students

Harvard University is an extremely selective private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. With an acceptance rate of 5.2%, Harvard is one of the most selective universities in the country and a great academic institution to study at! So how do you apply? What are the requirements?

And what makes a student stand out from all the rest? Read on to find out

Who should apply to Harvard University?

The application process at Harvard is largely the same for both domestic and international students, so you only need to read up on the requirements below if you are an international student applying from outside of the US. A strong academic background and a high level of English proficiency are key prerequisites for any applicant.

1. Academics

Of course, academics are the most important component of your application. You should have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.7/4.0 or equivalent on a scale of 0-4. Typically, students apply to Harvard after completing two years at university in their home country (or elsewhere) and achieving an upper second class (2:1) or first class (1st) honors degree.

However, this is not a strict requirement; students with slightly lower grades can still be admitted if they excel in other areas such as extra-curricular activities and standardized tests like the SAT. Applicants with successful backgrounds in music, athletics, community service, entrepreneurship, or other activities are encouraged to include this information in their application.

2. English proficiency

One of the main reasons that students who do very well academically may not be accepted into Harvard is because they lack sufficient English language skills. The TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test) score requirement can be no lower than 88 points, and the IELTS (Academic) score requirement can be no lower than 7.5. If you need to take standardized tests in order to fulfill Harvard’s English Language requirements, remember that there is a large number of options available, so find one that works best for you.

3. Standardized Tests

Harvard accepts scores from the SAT (reasoning test or subject test), ACT (Composite or Writing), or Subject Tests in certain academic areas. They strongly recommend that applicants submit scores from at least 2 SAT subject tests, though this is not necessary if you are applying to an arts, humanities, social sciences, or general studies program which does not require subject tests.

The TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test) score requirement can be no lower than 88 points, and the IELTS (Academic) score requirement can be no lower than 7.5. If you need to take standardized tests in order to fulfill Harvard’s English Language requirements, remember that there is a large number of options available, so find one that works best for you.

4. Application Process

There are some additional requirements for international students, including financial certification forms and academic records certified by your school’s registrar. Applicants must submit the required standardized test scores, application form, official high school transcripts, two letters of recommendation from teachers/professors, an essay describing your academic interests and goals, a personal interview with the admissions office, proof of English proficiency, and financial resources. You can find more detailed information on this page.

Harvard also recommends that students submit supplementary materials that demonstrate their talents in certain areas such as music or athletics. If you excel in these areas, please include this information in your online application form or discuss it during your interview.
Harvard provides a detailed list of all the materials and deadlines for international students on this page, and we strongly suggest that you read through everything carefully before beginning your application. Please keep in mind that these dates may change every year, so make sure to check back for updates.

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Uzma Shaheenhttps://foreigneducationadvisory.com
I am Uzma Shaheen, passionate blogger, career counselor, and writer of Foreign Education Advisory (FEA), I am working with a well-reputed student exchange network as a student career counselor, and providing advice and guidance to students on different topics to help them how to choose the right destination, university for studies and about funding and scholarship. I have done my graduation in the Business specification. I love to explore the global education world and browse different scholarships and bursaries because it's my passion to search for new opportunities. I will be more than happy to answer your queries

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