Admissions Feature

Dean Fitzsimmons

Dean Fitzsimmons

New SAT Infographic

Experts Put New SAT to the Test, Examining Changes and Implications

The new test comes during a time of national discussion on the accessibility, predictive ability, and consequent future of standardized testing in the college admissions process.

College Administration

Record-Breaking 39,044 Apply for Class of 2020

Harvard College received 39,044 applications for admission to its Class of 2020—setting a new record for admissions the second year in a row and surpassing last year’s 37,305 total applications

Welcome 2018

Congratulations, Harvard Class of 2018

Amidst the excited yells, the hugs and congratulations, you'll find yourself thinking about your life here at Harvard. Maybe you're looking forward to "pahking yah cah in Hahvahd Yahd" as you arrive to move in to your new home and meet all the other freshmen just like you. You'll all be curious, perhaps a little scared, but excited to be starting a new chapter of your life at such a beautiful, historic, and prestigious place.

Early Admissions By the Numbers

As Early Admissions Rise, So Does Pressure

With more students applying and being accepted early, admissions counselors and experts say that the admissions process has been pushed earlier and earlier in recent years.

SAT Makeover

Numerous Changes Unveiled for the SAT Starting Spring 2016

Major changes are in the works for the SAT, according to an announcement made by David Coleman, president of The College Board, early Wednesday afternoon.

Early Admissions

Deferred? What Now?

If you are deferred, the college has essentially thrown your application back into the fire. A deferred application will be reevaluated with the regular decision applications and receive a yes or no decision sometime later in the year. The only good news is that there’s still hope. It is by no means an entirely negative thing and you shouldn’t think that it is.


Weekly News Round-Up: Common App Crisis! (And Why Money Matters in Admission)

Today might as well be Halloween, because we've got some scary facts coming your way about the Common App, family income's role in admission, and more. The treat to those tricks? College is cheaper than you think!

Admissions Feature

The Costs of Applying (and How to Avoid Them)

Between sending test scores and application fees, the cost of applying can add up even before you’re accepted to a school. Luckily, a little bit of research and some time with your guidance counselor can help you work around these fees—or get rid of them altogether.

Admissions Feature

The First Generation Admissions Experience

Three Harvard College students—Jesse G. Sanchez, Daniel M. Lobo, and Cody R. Dean—discuss their experiences applying to college as the first in their families to do so.


Weekly News Round-Up: Obama Okays Affirmative Action, Bard Shakes up College Apps

This week in college admissions news, the Department of Education and Justice announced their support of college admissions offices considering race, while Bard College introduced a potentially revolutionary new admission policy. In other news, publications are still bad at ranking.

Admissions Feature

The College Campaign of 2010: So Many Colleges, So Little Time

Mid-April 2009 found my mother and me poring over college brochures, checking train times, and calling up relatives. Really, it was mostly my mom. I was too busy reading admission statistics in three-inch thick college guidebooks to bother with the minutiae of interstate transportation. Our plan was to take the Amtrak between cities for a few days, stopping at all the colleges I wanted to visit.

September Checklist
Admissions Feature

By Now: September Checklist

It may be hard to believe, but summer has officially ended and the college admissions cycle is in full swing. Hopefully, you’ve started to make some headway on your applications, but exactly how far along should you be?

Memorial Hall
Admissions Feature

The College Campaign of 2010: Picking Colleges, and an Introduction

Join me once a week for the rest of the semester as I recount in excruciating and hopefully cathartic detail my College Campaign of 2010. Let us begin.


Q&A: A Breakdown of Financial Aid

Many high-ranking schools also have top-notch financial aid programs.