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Essay Breakdown: Harvard University

  • 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.

    Harvard’s undergraduate program is stellar for students who are curious intellectually and otherwise, excited to learn and make use of the university’s boundless resources, and willing to work, study, and think with creativity and commitment. A lively bunch of only about 6,400 students, the undergraduate community is full of energy and new ideas. But because the college is both famous for its myriad historical successes and is simultaneously made up of so few students, the undergraduate acceptance rate is exceptionally low, coming in at 5.2%.

    To submit a competitive application to Harvard, you must craft a stand-out response not just the to the Common App’s general personal statement question, but also to Harvard’s supplemental essay prompts as well. While Harvard’s supplement is marked as optional, it is certainly in your best interest to reply to it at the very least—even better, to craft a thoughtful and meaningful response in order to position yourself as a competitive applicant. For guidance to responding to the Harvard-specific supplemental essay, 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 […]