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Essay Breakdown: Harvard University

  • How to Write the Harvard University Supplemental Essays 2017-2018

    From its historic campus to its prestigious alumni, Harvard has built a reputation that speaks for itself. Founded in 1636, Harvard boasts one of the lowest university acceptance rates in the world, second only to Stanford. Last year, Harvard College (the undergraduate school) drew over 39,000 applicants; of that number, just around 5.2% were accepted to join the Class of 2021.

  • How to Write the Harvard University Application Essays 2016-17

    On the banks of the Charles River, just outside of Boston, sits Harvard University, a sprawling campus that encompasses not just the hub of undergraduate student life — which begins with and emanates from Harvard Yard — but also a collection of graduate schools for law, business, medicine, and more. One of the eight schools in the Ivy League, Harvard is a private research university that was founded in 1636.

    Harvard University is known around the world for the research it conducts, the students it shapes, the world leaders it has educated, and the sizeable endowment that it operates. And while each of these aspects of the college are impressive in its own right, to live and study there is a much more dimensional and rewarding experience than any of these statistics can communicate.

    On the banks of the Charles River sits Harvard University, a sprawling campus that encompasses not just the hub of undergraduate student life — which begins with and emanates from Harvard Yard — but also a collection of graduate schools for law, business, medicine, and more.

    One of the eight schools in the Ivy League, Harvard is a private research university that was founded in 1636. Based on Cambridge, MA, Harvard University is known around the world for the research it conducts, the students it shapes, the world leaders it has educated, and the massive endowment that it possesses. A lively bunch of only about 6,400 students, the undergraduate community is full of energy and new ideas.

    However, Harvard’s undergraduate acceptance rate is exceptionally low, coming in at 5.2%. Assuming you have the academic and EC profile, differentiating yourself via your essays will be absolutely key to gaining admission. 

    The CollegeVine Essay Team has prepared a guide on how to write the Harvard essay for this application cycle. Read on!

  • How to Write the Harvard University Supplement Essay 2015-2016

    (Note: this post has been updated for the 2016-2017 application cycle. To view the updated post, click here.) Founded in 1636, Harvard University is the oldest university in the United States. The Ivy League school is also considered to be the best school in the world, and for good reason. World class learning facilities, unparalleled […]

  • Should You Send the Harvard Optional Supplement Essay?

    For many top achieving high school students around the world, gaining admittance into Harvard University represents the realization of a dream. However, with applications soaring and acceptance rates down to just 5.3% for the class of 2019, achieving that dream has become harder and harder. A key component in your application to any college is […]

  • How To Tackle the 2014-15 Harvard Supplement Essay

    Admissions Hero discusses how to tackle the optional Harvard Supplement Essay

  • Harvard Optional Essay – To Send or Not to Send?

    For more than 200 years, gaining admittance into Harvard University has been the pinnacle of achievement for America’s youth. However, with applications soaring and acceptance rates down to just 5.8% during the last application cycle and continuing to fall, achieving that dream has become harder and harder. A key component in your application to any […]