April in the Admissions Office

Spring has finally arrived on campus, and here in the Admissions Office we’re excited about the Class of 2016 and what the coming weeks will bring.  It’s been a week since we mailed decisions, and the action never seems to end around here.  So what do we do when we’re not reading applications?   Good question!  The month of April is when we emerge from hibernation and exchange reading and committee meetings for new projects.  A few of the things we’ve been up to:

Our colleagues in the Financial Aid Office are working 8am-8pm daily with families to calculate financial aid awards and help with questions.  We want to do everything we can to make a Harvard education affordable for families, and we’re really proud of the personal attention and care we put into financial aid for admitted students.

Our travel coordinators are working to organize presentations all over the US next month with our Exploring College Options Program, a travel consortium we participate in with great colleagues from Duke University, Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University.  Check out the Harvard in Your Hometown page to learn of upcoming presentations near you next month.

We’ve also been hard at work reaching out to students and families and planning for our Visitas Program for admitted students later this month.  April is one of my favorite months in the admissions cycle because it’s the time when we work most closely with undergraduates.   The undergrads can’t wait to welcome the Class of 2016 to campus and have been hard at work planning well over 100 events for the weekend and signing up to be student hosts.  Last weekend, student representatives of the Undergraduate Admissions Council (UAC), the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program (UMRP) , and the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI)  programs got together for our biannual Call-A-Thon to reach out and congratulate our admitted students.  All of our undergraduate volunteers had a blast eating pizza and having great conversations with students and families.  Some Call-A-Thon photos below!


Mike giving instructions over pizza from Bertucci's– yum!


Gathering for call assignments


Happy callers! (and a background shoutout to Jeremy Lin!)

Big smiles and much congratulations to the Class of 2016!


Stay tuned for lots of great stuff from our bloggers in coming weeks, who will be talking about some of their favorite aspects of campus life.  If you have any requests of topics to cover, let us know in the comments section.  And if you haven’t had a chance to see Shaun’s video What is Harvard Like yet, check it out!


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  1. Abdullahanuman@Hotmail.com’s avatar

    I am looking forward to read a word from you,
    Abdullah A Numan

  2. Abderhman’s avatar

    Thank you very much. That was exactly what I need to feel more confident.

  3. Office of Admissions’s avatar

    Congratulations! It’s our job as an admissions committee to ensure that the students we admit are sufficiently prepared to handle the academic transition to Harvard, and academic preparedness is something we pay very close attention to in the admissions process. So first of all, know that we have complete confidence in you! That said, I want to point you to a few resources that might help you with your question.

    With regard to the transition as an international student:

    I’d encourage you to reach out to the students in our Woodbridge International Society, http://woodbridgesociety.org/ . Woodbridge is an extracurricular organization that works directly with international students at the college to help with the academic and cultural transition and to provide a strong community. The student contacts can share their transition experiences with you and hopefully offer some sage advice!

    Also, check out the Harvard International Office website– http://hio.harvard.edu/ . Lots of great resources there as well. The HIO works with both undergrads and graduate students, and the HIO and Woodbridge sponsor the Freshman International Program (FIP), which is a great orientation program offered to incoming international students.

    With regard to the academic transition for all students:

    Most Harvard students have concerns about the academic transition, and we have resources in place for everyone. The Bureau of Study Counsel– http://bsc.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do — offers counseling and tutoring to students at the College.

    Also, all of our first-year students take Expository Writing, known on campus as “Expos,” which is a course designed to prepare all students for college-level writing at Harvard. You’ll take a writing placement test over the summer, and based on that exam, the preceptors at the Harvard College Writing Program will place you in the writing class that will be the best fit for you. In Expos, you’ll work closely with your teacher in a class of fewer than 16 students to workshop your writing. Learn more about Expos here– http://writingprogram.fas.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do .

    Another great academic resource that I loved to use back when I was a student is the Writing Center: http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k33202 The tutors have drop-in hours 5 nights a week and help students of all years with everything from brainstorming your first college paper to finishing your senior thesis!

    I’ve thrown a lot of information your way just now, but what I most hope you’ll take away is that Harvard College students are not alone in making the academic transition to Harvard. There’s a strong community designed to ensure that all of our students succeed and lots of support systems in place!

    Hope this helps a bit with your question… Congratulations, again! I hope we’ll see you on campus soon!


  4. Abderhman’s avatar


    I’m really proud to be a member in Class of 2016. But I’m concerned about learning at Harvard. Since I didn’t study in English before, I think the first semester would be a real challenge. Is there any one of current students got the same problem ? If yes, Please let him explain How he managed this problem.

    Thank you very much.


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