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How I got into Harvard (Interview 3)

Updated: Dec 30, 2019


  • SAT: 1530 (730 Math, 800 Reading)

  • ACT: 35 (36 English, 34 Math, 36 Reading, 33 Science)

  • GPA: 4.00

  • Rank in Class: 1

  • Size of Class: 173

  • AP's Taken: English Language, Italian Language, English Literature, American History, Word History, Government and Politics (Comparative), Government and Politics (US), European History, Biology, Statistics, AB Calculus


  • I was on the band team in my high school and became the leader of my team in my Junior and Senior years

  • I was the President of my school's literature club and the founder of my school's poetry club

Short Personal Story

"I was enraptured when getting into Harvard! My mom and dad were a lawyers and I have always wanted to be a lawyer. Harvard is pretty much the school to go to for law. From when I was about 4 or 5 years old I knew that I wanted to go to Harvard. Being a Crimson was something I desperately desired from the time I could pretty much walk.

After visiting Boston during my Junior year, I knew that something in my soul yearned to be at this school and that my whole being belonged here. I just needed to come here and I knew it.

So, after applying early and waiting until December, every part of my body shivered the entire day when contemplating the decision which awaited me when I returned home. I felt each minute progress slowly and my stomach did flips in anticipation of what was to come next.

Somehow I made it through and it was 5pm. I opened up my computer and tried to open the site and... crash... There were too many people. I tried again and... crash... There were still too many people. I called a girlfriend of mine and we just talked to pass the time and tried opening it one more time and it finally opened!

I quickly went to the portal to check my decision and there it was 'You've been accepted...' and I started crying. It is still the best moment of my life."

Useful Advice "I didn't know this at the time, but I'd say that something people should do if they want to get into schools like Harvard or Princeton is to position themselves correctly.

What I mean by this is that, when I applied early to Harvard, there was something like a 20% acceptance rate for those who applied early and something like a 3% acceptance rate for those who applied later.

If someone wants to have a better shot of getting into a school like Harvard, I'd say that it's really important to know things like this so that you position yourself in the best possible way and capitalize on opportunities like that."

Harvard Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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