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At Harvard College, we have been shaping the future for nearly 400 years. We are committed to helping students undergo an intellectual, social, and personal transformation far beyond the traditional college experience. An education at Harvard has limitless possibilities. Our more than 3,700 courses, taught by esteemed faculty members and enhanced by Harvard’s unparalleled libraries and resources, will take you as far as your imagination allows.
We have a number of programs for international students planning to study at Harvard graduate and professional schools. Please review the information below and the corresponding links to learn more about these funding opportunities.
Harvard students have access to courses, research institutes, and faculty mentors from all parts of Harvard. With world-renowned faculty, state-of-the-art resources, and individualized instruction, it’s the perfect place to pursue your favorite and still-to-be-discovered academic interests.
From a specially designed first year in Harvard Yard through your upper-level years in the iconic Houses, you will be welcomed into a world of rich traditions in the unique and cosmopolitan environment of Boston, “America’s college town.”
Select from more than 450 student organizations and forty-two varsity sports, the most of any college. For sheer range and depth, Harvard’s programs are hard to match. We welcome all students. No matter your background, you'll contribute something unique to our community and benefit from the diverse environment around you.
Financial aid application:
The financial aid application process is essentially the same for all students - regardless of nationality or citizenship. You will be asked to provide information about your family income and assets, outside awards, and any unusual or changed financial circumstances. Our financial aid officers work closely with you to determine your demonstrated need and your family's expected contribution. Once we have reviewed your information and determined your demonstrated need, you will be notified of your award for the coming year. We encourage you to apply for financial aid at the same time as you apply for admission - that way, you'll know you can afford to come here the moment you are admitted. You are welcome to apply for aid each year - whether for your first year or your senior year. If you applied for aid in the previous academic year, we will automatically email you instructions for reapplying for the following year. Our financial aid officers are always here to work with your family.
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
In our admissions process, we give careful, individual attention to each applicant. We seek to identify students who will be the best educators of one another and their professors—individuals who will inspire those around them during their College years and beyond. As we read and discuss your application, here are some things that will be on our minds.
We accept the Common Application, the Universal College Application, and the Coalition Application. Each is treated equally by the Admissions Committee. Complete and submit your materials as soon as possible to ensure full and timely consideration of your application. If you use the Common Application, you must submit your application before your supporting materials (Secondary School Report, Teacher Reports, etc.) can be released to a college. Until you submit your own application sections, no part of your application will be transmitted to the Harvard Admissions Office. The Universal College Application does not require this same process.
In addition to the application, all applicants are required to submit standardized tests, a transcript (you may create your own), and recommendations.
Midyear School Report
When you apply, your school counselor will often send your transcript with few or no senior year course grades included. That is why the midyear school report is required - to allow us to review your performance in the first half of your senior year coursework.
Ask two teachers in different academic subjects who know you well to complete the Teacher Evaluation forms.
Final School Report and Transcripts
All admitted students who chose to enroll are required to send a Final School Report and transcript as soon as their final grades become available
Standardized Test Scores
We require all applicants to submit the ACT or SAT, but you may choose to submit with or without the writing component. If you choose to submit Subject Tests, it is more useful to choose only one mathematics test rather than two. Similarly, if your first language is not English, a Subject Test in your first language may be less helpful. You should submit scores from tests taken in the past three years.
While we recommend two SAT Subject Tests, you may apply without them if the cost of taking the tests represents a financial hardship or if you prefer to have your application considered without them. If you were eligible for a fee waiver from the SAT or ACT, you are eligible for unlimited free score reports to be sent to institutions to which you are applying. We recommend you use your free score reports to share your scores with Harvard.
Our standard application materials typically give us ample information for making admission decisions. However, we recognize you may have truly exceptional talents or achievements you wish to share, and we want you to have every opportunity to best represent yourself.
At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, supplementary materials—such as music recordings, artwork, or selected samples of academic work—may be evaluated by faculty. These materials are entirely optional.
You will need to submit:
- Common Application, Coalition Application, or Universal College Application
- Harvard College Questions for the Common Application, Coalition Application, or the Universal College Application Harvard supplement
- $75 fee (or request a fee waiver)
- ACT or SAT (with or without writing)
- 2 SAT Subject Tests (recommended, except in the case of financial hardship)
- Optional: AP or other examination results
- School Report and high school transcript
- Teacher Report (2)
- Midyear School Report (after your first semester grades)
- Final School Report (for admitted students only)
Deadline: January 01, 2022
Cost/funding for participants:
Our goal is to bring the most promising students to Harvard—period. We've created a financial aid program to help ensure that admitted students can afford their Harvard education. Our financial aid officers will work closely with your family to understand your financial situation, then create a comprehensive financial aid package that accounts for the full cost of attendance.
Scholarship awards are based upon several factors, including the scale of the scholarship program, the amount of funds available each year, and the number of students deemed eligible for each scholarship. Many scholarships also consider the financial need of each eligible candidate. A CGS scholarship rarely covers a student’s full costs for an entire academic year.
In addition to Harvard's scholarship funds, other types of aid include:
- Student employment
- Optional loans
- Outside awards
Arab League countries
The Harvard Arab Alumni Association Scholarship Fund
The Francis and Peggy Cahn Fund for Argentina (Students in GSAS Sciences, SEAS, HGSE, HSPH, HKS)
Amalia Lacroze De Fortabat Fellowship Fund
Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship
Robert Gordon Menzies Scholarship
Frank Boas Scholarship Fund
Jorge Paulo Lemann Fellowships
Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship
Peter D.C. Thomas Scholarship Fund (Students in GSD, GSAS, HGSE, HKS, HSDM, HSPH, or SEAS)
Harvard University Associates in Canada Scholarship Fund
The Harvard-China Fellowship Fund for Students from China
The Guo Family Fellowship Fund for Students from China
Victor and William Fung Fellowships (Students at SEAS, GSAS-RSEA, GSD, HGSE, HBS, HKS, or HSPH)
Scholarships for Colombian Students
Zlatko and Joyce Balokovic Scholarship Fund
Arab Republic of Egypt Public Service Fellowships (Students in GSD, HGSE, HSPH, or HKS)
Arthur Sachs Scholarship
Anne Dias Griffin and Kenneth C. Griffin Harvard University Fellowships (Students at HBS or HKS)
Jean Gaillard Fellowship Fund (Students from France at Harvard or MIT)
Ecole Normale Superieure Exchange (Students from Ecole Normale Superieure)
Sciences-Po Exchange (Students from Sciences-Po)
Charles W. Holtzer Fellowships
Hellenic Harvard Scholarship Fund
Hong Kong Jockey Club Graduate Scholarships
Victor and William Fung Fellowships (Students at SEAS, GSAS-RSEA, GSD, GSE, HBS, HKS, or SPH)
Fundacion Mexico en Harvard Scholarships
The Dionisio Garza Medina Family Harvard University Graduate Fellowship for Mexico
The Henry Villalon OPM’99 and Rosalie Ramirez Magana Fellowship Fund
Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship
The Ayala Scholarship Fund
The Eugenio Lopez Scholarship Fund
The Harvard Club of Poland Fellowship Fund
Real Colegio Complutense Scholarships
Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship
Joseph Hodges Choate Fellowship (Students from University of Cambridge)
Harlech Scholarship (Students from New College, Oxford)
Michael Von Clemm Fellowship (Students from Corpus Christi College)