Harvard University Admission
The Harvard supplement is comprised of three parts. Two of them are fairly short and one of them is sort of up in the air. Let’s talk about the short ones first. So the first question reads. Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. Now we adore activity essays like this. Because it gives you the opportunity to expand on the more consequential activities. The ones that you've invested in the experiences that you really care about and have put the most of your time and energy. This gives you an opportunity to show your commitment perseverance leadership. It also allows you to expand on something that might be listed. Just briefly in the activity section of your common application and provide a little more context. Show admissions the motivations and determination behind your actions and give them a little bit of a sense.
Why it is that?
You have spent so much time pursuing this activity. Generally speaking this is a fairly straightforward essay.
What they ask for is what they want?
The second Harvard prompt reads your intellectual life may extend beyond the academic requirements of your particular school.
Please use the space below to list:
Additional intellectual activities that you have not mentioned or detailed elsewhere in your application.
These could include but are not limited to supervised or self-directed projects. Knocked on as schoolwork, training experiences online courses not run by your school. Summer academic or research programs not described elsewhere. 150 words this is a fairly straightforward prompt as well Harvard is looking. They’re essentially providing you with a space to showcase your added intellectual curiosity. Things that you might not have thought to put on your resume like online courses that you have taken or books you've read related to the subjects. That interest you most perhaps some conferences that you visited or cultural activities that were enriching to your academic life. Those are the kinds of things that you're going to want to list here.
Finally there's the opportunity for you to submit an additional essay of your choice. And this is what the e-prompt says you may wish to include an additional essay. If you feel that the college application forms do not provide sufficient opportunity to convey important information about yourself or your accomplishments.
You may write on a topic of your choice. or you may choose from one of the following topics.
Unusual circumstances in your life
So is there anything that has not been explained anywhere else on the application. That you need to tell admissions about for context and again keep in mind this cannot overlap with the common app personal statement which they will also be getting. So if there's something that hasn't been covered that you think needs to be addressed, do it here.
Travel living or working experiences in your own or other communities have
Have you contextualized a service trip that you've gone on yet? Is there something else to elaborate on there? Have you talked about your background coming from a military family or a different country?
What would you want your future college roommate to know about you?
This is actually sort of similar to the Stanford prompt. You know write a room write a letter to your future roommate. A couple of other colleges play with this prompt in some way. But essentially in your own more human more personal voice. You know what would you want somebody. Who was going to be like your next best friend to know about you.
An intellectual experience (course, project, book, discussion, paper, poetry or research topic in engineering, mathematics, science or other modes of inquiry) that has meant the most to you
So that might be an elaboration on something you've listed in one of those shorter prompts the intellectual life makes. Then beyond the academic requirements of your particular school.
Please list your academic activities here prompt.
There might be a research project that you worked on where you have an abstract. That you might want to elaborate on summarize or submit here.
How do you hope to use your college education?
This a little bit of a riff on the yessay. Why do you want to gohere? What will you do when you get here?How will you use the resources atHarvardto help you know propel you forwardin your future?
A list of books you've read during the past 12 months
This can be a fun one. You don't have a word limit for this section that's something i should have mentioned before. Which is kind of what makes this both beautiful and also perhaps a little bit overwhelming in its conception. As you try to figure out what you might want to include here. But with a list of books you reckon that that you've read during the past 12 months.
Sorry maybe you want to take five of them and crack them open and talk about what appeal to you. About each selection maybe you want to just present a simple list.
The Harvard college honor code declares that we quote hold honesty as the foundation of our community as you consider entering this community that is committed to honesty. These reflect on a time when you or someone you observed had to make a choice about whether to act with integrity or honesty.
That one you will probably have an idea for if you read it. If there is some scenario in your life that feels relevant my guess is that. It will come up right away.
The mission of Harvard college is to educate our students to be citizens and citizen leaders for society. What would you do to contribute to the lives of your classmates in advancing this mission?
So a little bit of a community essay a little bit of what are the issues that are important to you kind of reflection.
Each year a substantial number of students admitted to Harvard defer their admission for one year or take time off during college. If you decided to in the future to choose either option, what would you like to do.
This is kind of an interesting question. just as a hypothetical what else interests you in your life. What are the things that you are currently invested in enough to want to take the next step. If your next step wasn't going to be academics.
Harvard has long recognized the importance of student body diversity of all kinds we welcome you to write about distinctive aspects of your background, personal development or the intellectual interest you might bring to your Harvard classmates.
So that is another option that is kind of similar to community essay is also known as the diversity essays by some schools and there are many ways you can approach. This they're listing some of them distinctive aspects of your background or your intellectual interests. So this can be an essay about your cultural or ethnic background. It can also be about what you have been exposed to in your academics or how you believe that your beliefs and value system is going to bring. You know something different and unique and valuable to a school community.
So those are just the options that Harvard gives you as a as a launch point for what you might write about for this essay.
One thing you might want to do: is look at the other applications that you have on deck. See if maybe for example Princeton which usually assigns an essay that is rather lengthy with very specific prompts.
Maybe it's worth looking at those prompts working on that essay first and seeing what comes out of it. If you love it. if it feels like something that's valuable enough to communicate to admissions for Princeton. Maybe you can use it word for word for Harvard maybe with a couple of adjustments. It feels like it's a little bit more tailored to the school.
But you can still use, you know a different essay that you've written for another school. As a base, so those are your options that Harvard gives you and then we've also covered that your options are kind of the whole universe. You can really write about whatever you want here. As long as it doesn't overlap with any other elements that you're submitting to Harvard. Another thing we just want to mention is that. This essay is listed on the application as optional but as far as college essay advisors is concerned.
No essays are ever optional if you have the opportunity to speak to admissions in your own voice. You should take it any additional information that you present to them. Any further context any expression of your passions any opportunity you have to allow admissions to know you better is one that can only help you. One last note there also is uh one essay prompt for international students that reads.
What specific plan do you have, If any for using the education you hope to receive and that needs to be answered in 50 words.
It is a question exclusively reserved for students who are applying from out of the United States and it really just has to be a very succinct. Honest assessment of why you want to go to Harvard and what you think a Harvard education. Will do for you especially as someone that you know needs to leave their home country in order to receive this education.
That is the Harvard application there is plenty to think about here.