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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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Greetings from the Harvard College Admissions Office!  Here on Brattle Street, we had a great summer and are gearing up for a new admissions cycle.  You may be wondering, what have we been up to over the past few months?  What does the life of an Admissions Officer entail when applications aren’t coming in?  Believe it, or not, we’ve been hard at work for months preparing for the Class of 2016 application cycle, and we have a few exciting updates to report for prospective students and families as we kick off another year.

  • Check out the brand-new Application Tips section of our website.  The section features a compilation of words of wisdom from officers across the Admissions Office, designed to help you navigate the Common Application and get a sense of how our careful evaluation process works.  The tips provided can help as you begin thinking about your college applications—to Harvard and elsewhere.
  • While you’re at it, visit the new Net Price Calculator on the Financial Aid Office’s website.  The Financial Aid Office did an amazing job designing this new tool to help students and families get a sense of what a Harvard education may cost.  We’re extremely proud of our generous Financial Aid program.  Check out the calculator, and see how affordable a Harvard education can be.
  • As of this week, many of our Admissions Officers are hitting the road to visit students, families, and guidance counselors across the country through our biannual Exploring College Options Tour with Duke, Georgetown, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford.  Check out the Harvard in Your Hometown section of our website for info about upcoming presentations near you!
  • We’re in the process of recruiting and hiring new student bloggers for this year… stay tuned for posts from new faces and updates from a few familiar folks.  For current undergraduates interested in writing for us, email Eggart at fas as soon as possible for an application.  We’ll also continue to feature Guest Bloggers throughout the fall, so if there’s something you’d like to hear about, let us know in the comments below, and we’ll track down a writer for you!
  • And last but not least, the Harvard Admissions team just won the Championship for our summer kickball league!  A few photos of the office in action below…

A few of the Admissions Office crew and friends, celebrating after the championship game

We even convinced Dean Fitzsimmons to join the team… what a kick!

That’s all for now– we look forward to seeing your applications this year in the Single Choice Early Action and Regular Decision processes!

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