Harvard for Entrance in Fall 2008 | Application Materials

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Application to Harvard College for Fall 2008 Entrance
Please note our new application timetable:
IMMEDIATELY
Please send:
• The Common Application or the Universal College Application
• The $65.00 application fee or a fee waiver request
Without your Common Application/Universal Application, we cannot open
your admission file, track supporting documents for your application, or send
your name to our alumni/ae for a possible interview in your area.
The Short Answer about one of your activities, the Personal Essay and the
Harvard Application Supplement may be sent at a later date.
DECEMBER 1
We will begin our careful evaluation process on this date, reading
applications in the order in which they are completed.
Our alumni/ae interviewers will appreciate your sending at least the
Common Application/Universal Application by this date to allow them to
begin the interviewing process in areas where this is possible.
We recognize that you and your secondary school teachers and counselors
have many commitments that may preclude December 1 submission of your
admission materials. If so, please be assured that you will not be penalized
in any way.
JANUARY 1
Final deadline for application materials.
Candidates can complete testing (SAT or ACT and three SAT Subject
Tests) by using the January SAT or February ACT dates, but we hope
that you will have your testing completed by the December date.
We no longer have an Eary Admission program. Please refer to the
next page for an explanation.
Keep copies of all materials submitted and ask your teachers to do
the same. Materials can be lost in the mail.
Supplementary materials or portfolios may be submitted, but you
should do so only if you have unusual talent. Such materials are
neither required nor expected since the required components of
the application provide ample basis on which to make our deci-
sions. Because we cannot return such materials, applicants should
send only duplicates.
Write about what matters to you. There is no single “right” essay
topic or a “right” answer.
The answers to many questions about admissions requirements and
deadlines are included on the following pages. For an expanded
list of frequently asked questions and their answers, please consult
the FAQ index on our website at www.admissions.college.harvard.edu.
Each admission decision is made without consideration of a
candidate’s financial need—a policy we call “need-blind” admis-
sion. Indeed, the Admissions Committee may respond favorably
to evidence that a candidate has overcome significant obstacles,
financial or otherwise. Once an applicant is admitted, we create
an individual financial aid package to enable a family to meet the
cost of attendance. It is a high priority for us to provide financial
access to Harvard for every admitted student.
We hope you will take every opportunity to explore whether
Harvard might be a good match for your academic, extracurricular,
and personal interests. Advice from your college counselor, your
family, and the many publications on college admission may help.
So might a visit to Cambridge or a conversation with one of our
more than 9,000 alumni/ae who help us with admissions recruit-
ment in all 50 states and around the world.
Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you during the
admissions process. Best wishes for a happy and productive year.
William R. Fitzsimmons
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Marlyn McGrath Lewis
Director of Admissions
Sarah C. Donahue
Director of Financial Aid
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Thank you for your interest in Harvard College. We know there are many fine colleges and universities to choose from, and we are happy
that you are looking closely at the exciting opportunities available here in Cambridge.
Our admissions procedures are designed to give you maximum freedom and flexibility to present yourself in your own words. We hope you
will respond in whatever ways you feel will best demonstrate your interests and accomplishments. Here are some recommendations we hope
you will consider as you complete your application.
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“ I hope that our decision to eliminate early action will help to turn
down the heat on admissions, allowing students, parents, and teachers
to continue to focus their energies on the joys and rigors of educa-
tion itself,” Knowles continued
Beginning in the fall of 2007, the application deadline for all applicants
will be January 1. Harvard will maintain its current April 1 notifica-
tion to students, and May 1, the national common reply date, as its
deadline for receiving responses from students.
Students who have been admitted under an Early Decision program
at another college must withdraw any pending application to Harvard
and are not eligible for admission.
Harvard intends to use the time and capacity freed up by the move
to a single admissions cycle to focus more energetically on outreach
and recruiting. The admissions staff will travel more widely to make
presentations in key cities and other areas to educate students, families,
and college counselors about Harvard and the college admissions
process more generally. The University will also work with secondary
schools in a renewed effort to make applying to college less complicated
and less stressful than it is today.
This effort is particularly important in light of disparities in access to,
and the quality of, college counseling. The average ratio of students
to college counselors in the United States is 500/1. In some states,
such as California, the ratio is 1000/1, and many high schools have
eliminated college counseling altogether. Harvard hopes and expects
that the move away from early admission will sharpen the focus of the
admissions process on its most important goal—helping students find
the right college match.
A Statement on Early Admission
Harvard College has eliminated its early admission program and has
moved to a single application deadline of January 1. The change in
policy, which builds on Harvard's efforts over the past several years to
expand financial aid and increase openness in admissions, takes effect
for students applying in the fall of 2007 for the freshman class entering
in September 2008.
“ The college admissions process has become too pressured, too com-
plex, and too vulnerable to public cynicism,” said Harvard interim
President Derek Bok. “We hope that doing away with early admission
will improve the process and make it simpler and fairer.”
“ Early admission programs tend to advantage the advantaged,” Bok
continued. "Students from more sophisticated backgrounds and
affluent high schools often apply early to increase their chances
of admission, while minority students and students from rural areas,
other countries, and high schools with fewer resources miss out.
Students needing financial aid are disadvantaged by binding early
decision programs that prevent them from comparing aid packages.
Others who apply early and gain admission to the college of their
choice have less reason to work hard at their studies during their final
year of high school."
“ I am delighted that President Bok and the Corporation have deter-
mined that we are in a position to take this excellent step,” said
Jeremy R. Knowles, interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
“ The frenzy that surrounds college admissions threatens important
educational values, and early admission programs are part of the
problem. These programs distort the high school experience by forcing
both students and colleges to commit prematurely, based only upon
the record at the end of the student's junior year. Moreover, students
who are admitted early receive what often appears to be a 'free pass'
for their second semester, sadly encouraging them to disengage from
their academic experience.”
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Harvard for Entrance in Fall 2008 | Application Instructions
Helpful Application Hints
Application Fee
Please attach the check or money order to the first page of the application, and please be
certain that the applicant’s name appears on the check or money order.
For a fee waiver, it is helpful but not necessary to have your guidance counselor attach a
written request to the front of the Common Application/Universal Application.
You may also pay your processing fee online with a credit card at
www.fas.harvard.edu/~appfee/payment_form.cgi.
Common Application and Universal Application
Harvard now accepts the Common Application and the Universal College Application. Both will
be treated equally by the Admissions Committee. Please choose one.
You may choose to send your Personal Statement and Short Answer on a separate piece of
paper. If you do so, please write your name, address, birthdate, and high school on each page.
Please avoid submitting materials in binders or folders or submitting any of the pieces of your
materials together. Paper clips may be used, if necessary.
If you do not receive acknowledgement of your application four weeks after you submitted it,
please call our office at (617) 495-1551. This is very important, because applications can get
lost in the mail.
School Report and Mid-Year School Report
Please give these forms to your school counselor or college advisor and ask him/her to return
the completed School Report form to our office as soon as possible. The Mid-Year School
Report should be returned in February 2008 with your latest grades.
If you have attended more than one high school in the last two years, give a second copy
of the School Report to your former counselor(s).
Teacher Evaluation
Give the two Teacher Evaluation forms to teachers in different academic subjects who know
you well.
Standarized Testing
In Spring 2007, begin taking the required SAT Reasoning Test or ACT Test with Writing, as well
as three SAT Subject Tests.
Our official codes are 3434 for the SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests (the College Board) and
1840 for the ACT.
When registering for tests, please use your name as it will appear on your Harvard application.
Supplementary Materials
If you wish to have music tapes or CDs, slides of artwork, or selected samples of academic
work evaluated as part of your application, send them directly to our office. Please do not send
them directly to academic department. We cannot return these materials.
Please see the notes about supplementary materials in the Harvard Application Supplement.
Envelopes
To help us process your application as quickly as possible, please indicate on the bottom left
corner of each envelope those application materials you or your school have enclosed, i.e.
“Common Application and Harvard Application Supplement,” “School Report,” “Teacher
Evaluation,” “Mid-Year Report.”
You may clip and secure the labels provided within this booklet for this purpose, or you may
print them onto adhesive labels directly from our website.
Application Timetable
I. IMMEDIATELY
Please send:
• The Common Application or the Universal College Application
• The $65.00 application fee or a fee waiver request
Without your Common Application/Universal Application, we cannot open
your admission file, track supporting documents for your application, or send
your name to our alumni/ae for a possible interview in your area.
The Short Answer about one of your activities, the Personal Essay and the
Harvard Application Supplement may be sent at a later date.
II. DECEMBER 1
We will begin our careful evaluation process on this date, reading
applications in the order in which they are completed.
Our alumni/ae interviewers will appreciate your sending at least the
Common Application/Universal Application by this date to allow them to
begin the interviewing process in areas where this is possible.
We recognize that you and your secondary school teachers and counselors
have many commitments that may preclude December 1 submission of your
admission materials. If so, please be assured that you will not be penalized
in any way.
III. JANUARY 1
Final deadline for application materials.
Additional Dates to Consider
January 26, 2008
Last SAT Reasoning and Subject testing date.
February 9, 2008
Last ACT testing date. Note that this test date is not available in New York.
Early April 2008
Decision letters mailed.
May 1, 2008
Reply date for admitted students. No deposit required.
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All Financial Aid Applicants
The deadline for financial applications is February 1, 2008.
If you need financial assistance, file the 2007-8 PROFILE with the College Scholarship Service (CSS)
and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Harvard’s CSS code is 3434 and FAFSA code is E00468
All financial aid applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the US or Canada must
submit Harvard’s Financial Statement for Students from Foreign Countries instead of the PROFILE
and FAFSA.
For more information, please see pages 44-46 in the Admissions prospectus or the Financial Aid
Office’s website www.fao.fas.harvard.edu.
Applicants Outside the United States
If you are applying from a school outside the United States, please follow the same procedures and
timetables as candidates applying from schools within the US. There are, however, a few variations
specific to students applying from abroad
Testing Requirements
Even if you are submitting the results of your school leaving exams (e.g., GCE A-levels,
International Baccalaureate, etc.), you must submit the results of the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT
(with Writing, if available), as well as three SAT Subject Tests. These tests must be completed by
the appropriate deadlines. If you do not have access to a testing center, we will consider other
internationally recognized credentials, such as the results of the Graduate Record Examination
(GRE) and/or TOEFL.
SAT Subject Tests
A candidate whose first language is not English should not take the SAT Subject Test in his or her
native language as one of the three required SAT Subject Tests.
TOEFL
Students are not required to take the TOEFL unless they do not have access to other
standardized tests.
Interviews
When and where possible, we encourage international applicants to have an admissions interview.
Our interviewers abroad are normally graduates of Harvard College who offer their assistance on
a volunteer basis.
Applicants in Canada and the United Kingdom will be contacted directly by an alumnus/a if such
an interview is possible.
While we try to make interviews widely available everywhere, it will not always be possible to
do so. In many countries, applicants are asked to initiate contact with an interviewer. In some
countries, however, the number of applicants may be too great for all to be interviewed. In this
case, applicants will be contacted directly if the Admissions Committee requires more information.
No candidate is at a disadvantage if an interview cannot be arranged.
A list of interviewers abroad is mailed with the application booklet. Please refer to this list to find
out the interviewing procedure in the country from which you are applying. If you downloaded the
application, applied online, or otherwise did not receive this list, please be sure to see our website
www.admissions.college.harvard.edu for information on interviews abroad.
Financial Aid Applicants
Canadian citizens, US citizens and US Permanent Residents should complete the CSS Profile. All
other foreign citizens should complete the Financial Statement for Foreign Students. To access the
CSS Profile and the Financial Statement for Foreign Students, please visit our website at
www.fao.fas.harvard.edu.
Applicants Not Applying for Financial Aid
All applicants who are not US citizens or US Permanent Residents and who are NOT applying for
financial aid must complete Section B and Section C of the Financial Statement for Foreign
Students. Admitted students CANNOT be sent their immigration paperwork (the I-20 form) until this
form has been received by the Admissions and Financial Aid Office.
Admissions forms, including the Financial Statement for Students from Foreign Countries, are
available on our website www.admissions.college.harvard.edu.
Translations
We appreciate the effort that many applicants make in providing the Admissions Committee
with a translation of the recommendations submitted on their behalf. We ask, however, that any
translations include the name of the translator and that the original, untranslated reports be
submitted as well.
Supplementary Materials
If you submit supplementary materials or materials separate from the application forms, please
write your full name and secondary school on all supplementary materials and underline your
family name.
DO NOT submit any of your application materials in binders or folders.
Application Fee
We ask that international applicants send us the $65 application fee in the form of a foreign
draft—that is, a check in US dollars that is drawn through a US bank, but is generally available
at most foreign banks. You may pay by credit card online at www.fas.harvard.edu/~appfee/
payment_form.cgi. You may also wire the fee to us using the following information:
Bank name: Bank of America Bank Address: 100 Federal St., Boston MA 02109
ABA number: 011000 390 Account name: President & Fellows of Harvard College
Account number: 00531-37234 Message: Applicant’s full name
Attention: College Admissions, 5-8821
Contact information:
To request missing forms or information, you may contact us through our website http://www.
admissions.college.harvard.edu/utilities/contact/international/index.html or at our e-mail address
intladm@fas.harvard.edu.
Transfer Applicants
Please note: All students, in the US and abroad, who will have completed one year in university by
the summer of 2008 should apply as transfer students. Harvard Transfer Application forms are
available at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions Visitor Center, Radcliffe Yard, Cambridge, MA
02138. You may also download the forms at www.admissions.college.harvard. edu/utilities/electron-
ic_resources/download/index.html.
To be used by students applying for the Spring 2008, Fall 2008, or Spring 2009 college term. The member colleges and universities fully support the use
of this form. No distinction will be made between this form and a college’s own. Please type or print in black ink. Be sure to follow the instructions
on the cover page of the Common Application booklet to complete, copy, and submit your application to one or more of the member institutions.
Optional Declaration of Early Decision/Early Action/Restrictive Early Action. Complete this section ONLY if you are applying to one or more colleges under
an early plan. It is your responsibility to follow that college’s instructions regarding early admission, including obtaining and submitting any ED/EA/REA form provided
by that college. Do NOT complete this ED/EA/REA section on copies of your application submitted to colleges for Regular Decision or Rolling Admission.
> Early Decision > Early Action > Restrictive Early Action
_____________________________________________________________________________
College Name Deadline
PERSONAL DATA
Legal name __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Last/Family (Enter name exactly as it appears on official documents.) First/Given Middle (complete) Jr., etc.
Preferred name, if not first name (choose only one) ______________________________ Former last name(s) if any ____________________________________
I am applying for the term beginning __________________________________ Birth date ______________________________________________________
mm/dd/yyyy
E-mail address ________________________________________________ IM address ____________________________________________________
Permanent home address __________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Number and Street Apartment #
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
City or Town State/Province Country ZIP/Postal Code
Permanent home phone (_____________) _____________________________ Cell phone (_____________) ______________________________________
Area Code Area Code
If different from above, please give your mailing address for all admission correspondence.
Mailing address (from ___________ to ___________) __________________________________________________________________________________
(mm/dd/yyyy) (mm/dd/yyyy) Number and Street Apartment #
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
City or Town State/Province Country ZIP/Postal Code
If your mailing address is a boarding school, include name of school here: _________________________________________________________________ ______
Phone at mailing address (_____________) ___________________________
Area Code
Citizenship
> US citizen
> Dual US citizen Please list any non-US countries of citizenship
> US permanent resident visa Alien registration number ___________________________ ___________________________________________
> Other citizenship Visa Type _______________________________________ ___________________________________________
If you are not a US citizen and live in the United States, how long have you been in the country? ______________________________________________________
Possible area(s) of academic concentration/major(s) _____________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________
Possible career or professional plans ________________________________________________________________________________________________
Do you intend to apply for financial aid? > Yes > No If yes, be sure to carefully review all financial aid instructions and deadlines for each institution to which you are applying.
Place of birth ______________________________________________________
City State/Province Country
Social Security Number (if any) ________________ ___________________________
First language, if other than English _______________________________________
Primary language spoken at home _______________________________________
US Armed Services veteran? > Yes > No
Marital status: > Never married > Separated
> Married > Divorced (date ___________________)
> Widowed
mm/dd/yyyy
If you wish to be identified with a particular ethnic group, please check all that apply:
> African American, African, Black
>Native American, Alaska Native (date enrolled ____________________________
Tribal affiliation __________________________________________________)
> Asian American (countries of family’s origin ____________________________)
> Asian, incl. Indian Subcontinent (countries ______________________________)
> Hispanic, Latino (countries __________________________________________)
> Mexican American, Chicano > Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander
> Puerto Rican > White or Caucasian
> Other (specify ________________________________________ _____________)
AP-1 / 2007-08 ©2007 The Common Application, Inc.
The following items are optional. No information you provide will be used in a discriminatory manner.
2007-08 First-year Application
> Female
> Male
AP-2 / 2007-08 ©2007 The Common Application, Inc.
EDUCATIONAL DATA
Secondary school you now attend (or from which you graduated) _______________________________________________ Date of entry __________________
mm/dd/yyyy
Date of secondary graduation ________________________________________________ Type of school > public > independent > religious > home school
mm/dd/yyyy
Address ________________________________________________________________________________ CEEB/ACT Code ___________________________
Number and Street Apartment #
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
City or Town State/Province Country ZIP/Postal Code
Counselor’s name (Mr./Ms./Dr., etc.) ____________________________________________ Counselor’s e-mail ______________________________________
Title _____________________________________ Phone (_______) ______________________ Fax (_______) _________________________________
Area Code Number Ext. Area Code Number
List all other secondary schools, including summer schools as well as summer and other programs, you have attended, beginning with 9
th
grade.
Name of School Location (City, State/Province, ZIP/Postal Code, Country) Dates Attended (mm/yyyy)
_____________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ ____________________
_____________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ ____________________
_____________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ ____________________
List all colleges/universities at which you have taken courses for credit; list names of courses taken and grades earned on a separate sheet. Please have an
official transcript sent from each institution as soon as possible.
Degree Dates Degree(s)
Name of College/University & CEEB/ACT Code Location (City, State/Province, ZIP/Postal Code, Country) Candidate? Attended Earned
(mm/yyyy)
_______________________________________________ ______________________________________ > Yes > No ___________ _____________
_______________________________________________ ______________________________________ > Yes > No ___________ _____________
_______________________________________________ ______________________________________ > Yes > No ___________ _____________
If any of the following apply to your secondary school education, please check the appropriate box and provide details on the lines below or on a separate sheet:
> graduated early > graduated late > will not graduate, will receive GED > will not graduate, will not receive GED
If you received a GED, list date: ______________________________________________________________ (Official scores must be sent from the testing agency.)
mm/yyyy
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
TEST INFORMATION
Be sure to note the tests required for each institution to which you are applying. The official scores from the appropriate testing agency must be submitted to each
institution as soon as possible. Please self-report your test scores below. If you would also like to self-report your AP or IB scores, use the Academic Honors section.
Test of English as a Foreign Language
(TOEFL) or Other Exam
ACT
SAT I or
SAT Reasoning Tests
SAT II or Subject Tests
Date taken/
to be taken
English Math Reading Science Composite Writing
Date taken/
to be taken
English Math Reading Science Composite Writing
Date taken/
to be taken
English Math Reading Science Composite Writing
Date taken/
to be taken
Verbal/
Critical
Reading
Math Writing Date taken/
to be taken
Verbal/
Critical
Reading
Math Writing Date taken/
to be taken
Verbal/
Critical
Reading
Math Writing
Date taken/
to be taken
Subject Score Date taken/
to be taken
Subject Score Date taken/
to be taken
Subject Score
Date taken/
to be taken
Subject Score Date taken/
to be taken
Subject Score Date taken/
to be taken
Subject Score
Test Date taken/
to be taken
Score Test Date taken/
to be taken
Score
AP-3 / 2007-08 ©2007 The Common Application, Inc.
ACADEMIC HONORS
Briefly list or describe any scholastic distinctions or honors you have won since the 9
th
grade (e.g., National Merit, Cum Laude Society).
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Parent/Guardian 1: > Mother > Father > Legal Guardian
____________________________________________________________
Last/Family First/Given Middle Title (Mr., Ms., Dr., etc.)
Home address if different from yours
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
Home phone (_______) __________________________________________
Area Code
E-mail _______________________________________________________
Occupation _____________________________________________________
Name of employer ______________________________________________
College (if any) _________________________________________________
Degree __________________________________________Year _________
Graduate school (if any) __________________________________________
Degree __________________________________________Year _________
Please give names and ages of your brothers or sisters. If they have attended college, give the names of the institution, degree earned, and approximate dates of
attendance. If more than three siblings, please list them on an attached sheet.
Name/Relationship Institution Attended Degree Earned Dates (yyyy-yyyy)
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
FAMILY
Please list the adults who have legal rights and responsibilities toward you. If a minor, this is usually one or both biological parents when living. If you wish, you may list
on an attached sheet step-parents and/or other adults with whom you reside, or who otherwise help care for you. You may also list additional deceased parents.
Is Parent/Guardian 2 living? > Yes > No (Date deceased _____________)
mm/dd/yyyy
Parent/Guardian 2: > Mother > Father > Legal Guardian > Unknown
(if applicable)
____________________________________________________________
Last/Family First/Given Middle Title (Mr., Ms., Dr., etc.)
Home address if different from yours
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
Home phone (_______) __________________________________________
Area Code
E-mail _______________________________________________________
Occupation _____________________________________________________
Name of employer ______________________________________________
College (if any) _________________________________________________
Degree __________________________________________Year _________
Graduate school (if any) __________________________________________
Degree __________________________________________Year _________
EXTRACURRICULAR, PERSONAL, AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES (INCLUDING SUMMER)
Please list your principal extracurricular, community, and family activities and hobbies in the order of their interest to you. Include specific events and/or major
accomplishments such as musical instrument played, varsity letters earned, etc. To allow us to focus on the highlights of your activities, please complete this
section even if you plan to attach a résumé.
Activity
Grade level or
post-graduate (PG)
9 10 11 12 PG
Approximate time spent
Hours per
week
Weeks per
year Positions held, honors won, or letters earned
Parents’ Marital Status (relative to each other): > Never married > Married > Widowed > Separated > Divorced (date ________________________)
mm/dd/yyyy
With whom do you make your permanent home? > Parent/Guardian 1 > Parent/Guardian 2 > Both > Other ________________________________________
Do you
plan to
participate
in college?
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
AP-4/ 2007-08 ©2007 The Common Application, Inc.
PERSONAL ESSAY
This personal statement helps us become acquainted with you in ways different from courses, grades, test scores, and other objective data. It will demonstrate
your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself. We are looking for an essay that will help us know you better as a person and as a student. Please write
an essay (250 words minimum) on a topic of your choice or on one of the options listed below. Please indicate your topic by checking the appropriate box.
Specific nature of work Employer
Approximate dates
(mm/yyyy - mm/yyyy)
SHORT ANSWER
Please briefly elaborate on one of your activities (extracurricular, personal activities, or work experience). Attach your response on a separate sheet
(150 words or fewer).
Attach your essay to the last page on a separate sheet(s) (same size please). You must put your full name, date of birth, and name of secondary school on each sheet.
@ Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
Q Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
Q Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
Q Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
Q A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an
experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
Q Topic of your choice.
WORK EXPERIENCE
Please list principal jobs you have held during the past three years (including summer employment).
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Have you ever been found responsible for a disciplinary violation at an educational institution you have attended from 9
th
grade (or the international equivalent)
forward, whether related to academic misconduct or behavioral misconduct, that resulted in your probation, suspension, removal, dismissal, or expulsion from
the institution? > Yes > No
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Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor, felony, or other crime? > Yes > No
If you answered yes to either or both questions, please attach a separate sheet of paper that gives the approximate date of each incident and explains the circumstances.
APPLICATION FEE PAYMENT >Online Payment >Mailed Payment >Pre-Approved Online Fee Waiver >Pre-Approved Mailed Fee Waiver
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: If there is any additional information you’d like to provide regarding special circumstances, additional qualifications, etc., please attach a
separate sheet with more details.
REQUIRED SIGNATURE Your signature is required whether you are an ED, EA, REA, Regular Decision, or Rolling Admission candidate.
I certify that all information submitted in the admission process—including the application, the Personal Essay, any supplements, and any supporting materials—
is my own work, factually true, and honestly presented. I understand that I may be subject to disciplinary action, including admission revocation or expulsion, should
the information I’ve certified be false.
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Signature Date
IF APPLYING UNDER AN EARLY PLAN (1) Complete the Optional ED/EA/REA Declaration (at the top of page 1) for your early application(s) only.
(2) Submit the Common Application ED Agreement form if the college or university requires one.
Approximate # of hours
spent per week
OTHER REQUIRED INFORMATION
The Common Application, Inc., and its member institutions are committed to fulfilling their mission without discrimination on the basis of race, color,
national origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.
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ࠗ Early Action? ࠗ Regular Action?
Please return this form to us as soon as you can, Please return this form to us as soon as you can,
and by October 15 if at all possible. and by December 15 if at all possible.
Final Deadline: November 1 (postmark) Final Deadline: January 1 (postmark)
A completed application includes all portions of the Common Application or Universal College Application, as
well as this Application Supplement, required testing results, and a $65 application fee.
Full legal name
Last / Family First Middle Jr., etc.
Prefer to be called
Address
Street City / Town State / Province / Country Zip / Postal Code
Telephone Number
Secondary School
CEEB/ACT code
Fax number Contact person
Your e-mail address Contact person
ࠗ Yes ࠗ No
ࠗ Yes ࠗ No
The viewbook contains information about campus housing (pp. 6–12).
For the following questions, please place the letter or number indicating your choice in the space provided.
A Social Studies E Engineering
B Humanities F Mathematics
C Biological Sciences G Computer Science First Choice
D Physical Science
A Academic (Teaching, Research, Administration) J Medicine
B Arts (Studio, Performing, Writing) K Religion
C Business L Science / Technology (Non-Academic)
D Communications (Media, Film, Advertising, Journalism) M Skilled Trade / Farming
E Design / Architecture N Social Service
F Government / Politics O Teaching / Administration (Non-College)
G Health (Non-Medical) P Other
H Law Q Undecided
I Library / Museum Work
First Choice
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
86 Brattle Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
Valid for entrance in September 2008 only.
Please submit this form with the Common
Application or Universal College Application
as soon as possible.
Are you applying
under:
If you can be reached
by fax or e-mail, please
provide a fax number
or e-mail address and
name of the contact
person.
Would you like your
admission decision
e-mailed to you at your
address? A decision letter
will be sent via regular
mail to all applicants.
Do you plan to live in
a Harvard residence?
Of the following fields
of study, which are you
currently most likely to
pursue?
What vocation currently
interests you most?
Please return this form to us by December 1. The final deadline for all application materials is January 1.
First Choice......................... Second Choice......................... 39 Other...........................................................................
ࠗ Intercollegiate ࠗ Intercollegiate
ࠗ Club / Intramural / Recreational ࠗ Club / Intramural / Recreational
While we recognize that many students’ plans change during their college years, we ask you to respond to the
following questions (please choose one per question):
absolutely certain 1 2 3 4 5 very likely to change
absolutely certain 1 2 3 4 5 very likely to change
absolutely certain 1 2 3 4 5 very likely to change
Birthplace
ࠗ College (first-year) ࠗ Summer School ࠗ Extension School
ࠗ Year(s) ......................... ࠗ Year(s) ......................... ࠗ Year(s) .........................
ࠗ Please forward the transcripts for any program in which you enrolled.
Harvard Supplement: Si de 2
01 Arts, Visual Arts
02 Dramatics
03 Vocal Music
04 Band
05 Orchestra
06 Writing / Literary Magazine
07 Journalism
08 Student Government
09 Debate
10 Social Service
11 Ethnic Groups
12 Religious Groups
13 Political Groups
14 Dance
15 Outdoor Activities
16 Baseball
17 Basketball
18 Crew–Heavyweight
19 Crew–Lightweight
20 Fencing
21 Field Hockey
22 Football
23 Golf
24 Hockey
25 Lacrosse
26 Sailing
27 Ski–Alpine
28 Ski–Nordic Racing
29 Soccer
30 Softball
31 Squash
32 Swimming, Diving
33 Tennis
34 Track, Cross-Country
35 Volleyball
36 Water Polo
37 Wrestling
38 Cheerleading
At this time, which
two college activities
or sports interest
you most?
If a sport, indicate
intended level of
participation.
How definite do you
consider your voca-
tional plans to be?
How definite do you
consider your academic
plans to be?
How definite are
your extracurricular
and / or athletic
interests?
Please list the cities
and countries where
you have lived, with
years of residence
in each.
Please list any non-
academic distinctions
or honors not already
mentioned.
If you have previously
applied for admission
to Harvard, please
indicate when and
for which program
you applied:
Which languages other
than English can you
speak, read, or write?
(Please indicate with
S, R, or W.)
ࠗ Yes ࠗ No
Have you ever incurred serious or repeated disciplinary action, or have you ever been dismissed, suspended, or
separated from school, or placed on probation, or have you ever been away from school for a period of more than
two weeks, including a leave of absence, other than for school vacations or due to illness? If so, please check yes here,
explaining in the additional information section at the end of the document, and arranging for your counselor to
include a statement about your situation with the School Report.
Have you ever been convicted of a felony, a misdemeanor that resulted in a sentence of imprisonment, or a misde-
meanor within the past five years? (Under Massachusetts law, you may exclude from your answer any first convictions
for the misdemeanors of drunkenness, simple assault, speeding, minor traffic violations, affray, or disturbance of the
peace). If so, please check yes here, explaining in the additional information section at the end of the document.
If, after you have submitted this form, new circumstances arise related to the matters addressed in the questions
above, you must notify us promptly.
This application includes two Teacher Evaluation forms. After completing your portion of the forms, you should give
them to teachers in different academic subjects who know you well, and preferably have taught you during your final two
years of school. As a courtesy to your teachers, you might provide them with stamped envelopes addressed to Harvard
Admissions.
To help us check for completeness of your application, please give your teachers’ names.
Teacher Report 1 Teacher Report 2
Ranked..................................................in a total graduating class numbering.................................................. .
(If precise rank is not available‚ please estimate‚ as ”top tenth‚“ ”top quarter‚“ etc. Even if your school does not rank, please indicate the size of your
total graduating class.)
College Board Advanced Placement Tests are not required for admission, but if you will take or have already taken
one or more tests, please list them here, including your test scores and the date the test was or will be taken, if
available. It is not necessary to have the official scores sent to us by the College Board at this time. We will require
official score notification if you enroll.
Test Score Date Test Score Date
Test Score Date Test Score Date
Test Score Date Test Score Date
If you have taken, or will take, International Baccalaureate Examinations, please list them here, noting the test
level, your test scores and the date the test was or will be taken:
Test/Level Score Date Test/Level Score Date
Test/Level Score Date Test/Level Score Date
Test/Level Score Date Test/Level Score Date
Test/Level Score Date Test/Level Score Date
Activity (camp‚ travel‚ summer school) Approximate dates of Number of hours spent
participation per week (if applicable)
Harvard Supplement: Si de 3
Disciplinary Actions
and Voluntary Leaves
Teacher Evaluations
Summer Activities
College Board
Advanced Placement
Test Scores
International
Baccalaureate
Examination
Test Scores
Class Rank
Nothing in this section is either expected or required. We simply want to be certain you have every opportunity to tell us about yourself.
The required components of the application to Harvard provide an ample basis on which to make our admission decisions. However,
students with very exceptional talents or achievements may send music recordings, slides of artwork, or selected samples of academic
work for us to consider as part of their application files. At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, submissions may be evaluated
by faculty. Supplementary materials are neither required nor expected—and should be sent only if the applicant’s work is unusually
advanced. Because we cannot return such materials, applicants should send only duplicates.
Check here if you are planning to send supplementary materials to be evaluated as part of your application. Please send all supplemen-
tary materials to the Admissions Office so that they can be properly labeled and included in your file. DO NOT submit materials directly
to academic departments. If you are submitting research materials for review, please include a short statement putting the research
project into the context of your academic interests and future plans.
ࠗ Music tape or CD* ࠗ Slides of artwork ࠗ Other
Instrument: ......................................................................... Media: ......................................................................... (Explain): .........................................................................
*please note that CD format is preferred, but tapes will still be evaluated. Do not send video recordings of musical performances or recitals
Occasionally, students feel that college application forms do not provide a sufficient opportunity to convey important information about
themselves or their accomplishments. If there is something you would like us to know, please inform us in the essay section at the end
of the document. If you wish to include an additional essay, you may do so.
Students admitted under an Early Decision program at another college must withdraw any pending application to Harvard and are not
eligible for admission.
If you have attended more than one high school in the last two years, you should have an additional School Report from the Common
Application/Universal College Application submitted by your former counselor(s).
I certify that the information presented in my application is accurate, complete, and honestly presented. I also certify that, to the best of my
knowledge, any information submitted on my behalf, including letters of recommendation, is authentic. I understand and agree that any
intentionally inaccurate information, misleading information, or omission will, if discovered at a later date, be cause for recision of any offer
of admission, or for discipline, including termination of my status as a student and revocation of course credit, course grades, and degree.
Name Date Print Name
FOR STUDENTS APPLYING FROM SCHOOLS OUTSIDE THE U.S. AND CANADA (REGARDLESS OF CITIZENSHIP)
Examination When will your record on this exam be available to Harvard?
ࠗ Yes
When? Where? With Whom?
ࠗ No, but I plan to do so.
When? Where? With Whom?
ࠗ No
Please state reason.
Please contact our office if you need a list of our interviewers abroad. To receive the list electronically, please send an e-mail to
intladm@fas.harvard.edu and type International Interview in the subject line.
OPTIONAL
Supplementary
materials
Additional Essays
PLEASE NOTE
SIGNATURE
What leaving or quali-
fying examination, if
any, do you expect to
take before completing
secondary school?
How many years do
you propose to study
in the U.S.?
What specific plans do
you have, if any, for
using the education
you hope to receive?
Have you had or have
you scheduled an
admissions interview?
Possible Topics:
Unusual circumstances in your life
Travel or living experiences in other countries
Books that have affected you the most
An academic experience (course, project, paper, or research
topic) that has meant the most to you
A list of the books you have read during the past twelve months
Harvard Supplement: Si de 4
To be used by students applying for the Spring 2008, Fall 2008, or Spring 2009 college term. The member colleges and universities fully support the use
of this form. No distinction will be made between this form and a college’s own. Please type or print in black ink. Be sure to follow the instructions
on the cover page of the Common Application booklet to complete, copy, and submit your application to one or more of the member institutions.
TO THE APPLICANT
After completing all the relevant questions below, give this form to your secondary school counselor or another school official who knows you better. Please also
give that school official stamped envelopes addressed to each institution that requires a Secondary School Report.
Birth date _______________________________________________________ Social Security No. _______________________________________________
mm/dd/yyyy (Optional)
Legal name ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Last/Family (Enter name exactly as it appears on official documents.) First/Given Middle (complete) Jr., etc.
Address ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Number and Street Apartment # City or Town State/Province Country ZIP/Postal Code
Current year courses—please indicate title, level (AP, IB, advanced honors, etc.) and credit value of all courses you are taking this year. Indicate quarter
classes taken in the same semester on the appropriate semester line.
First Semester/Trimester Second Semester/Trimester Third Trimester
________________________________________ ________________________________________ _________________________________________
________________________________________ ________________________________________ _________________________________________
________________________________________ ________________________________________ _________________________________________
________________________________________ ________________________________________ _________________________________________
________________________________________ ________________________________________ _________________________________________
________________________________________ ________________________________________ _________________________________________
________________________________________ ________________________________________ _________________________________________
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TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOL COUNSELOR
Attach applicant’s official transcript, including courses in progress, a school profile, and transcript legend. (Check transcript copies for readability.) Use page 2 to complete
your evaluation for this student. Be sure to sign below.
IMPORTANT PRIVACY NOTICE: Under the terms of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) you WILL have access to your recommendation after
you matriculate UNLESS at least one of the following is true:
1. The institution does not save recommendations post-matriculation (see list at www.commonapp.org/FERPA).
2. You waive your right to access below, regardless of the institution to which it is sent:
> Yes, I do waive my right to access, and I understand I will never see this recommendation.
> No, I do not waive my right to access and may someday choose to review this recommendation if the institution at which I’m enrolling saves it after I matriculate.
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Signature Date
2007-08 SECONDARY school report
Counselor’s name (Mr./Ms./Dr., etc.) _________________________________________________________________________________________________
Please print or type
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Signature Date
Title ___________________________________________________________ School ________________________________________________________
School address _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
City or Town State/Province Country ZIP/Postal Code
Counselor’s phone (_______) _____________________________________ ____ Counselor’s fax (_______) __________________________________ ________
Area Code Number Ext. Area Code Number
Secondary school CEEB/ACT code ___________________________ Counselor’s e-mail __________________________________________________________
> Female
> Male
©2007 The Common Application, Inc.
EVALUATION
Please write whatever you think is important about this student, including a description of academic, extracurricular, and personal characteristics. We welcome a broad-based
assessment that will help us to differentiate this student from others. (Feel free to attach an additional sheet or another reference you may have prepared on behalf of this student.)
Average
Good (above
average)
Excellent
(top 10%)
Very good
(well above
average)
Outstanding
(top 5%)
One of the
top few
encountered
in my career
RATINGS
Compared to other students in his or her class year, how do you rate this student in terms of:
Academic achievement
Extracurricular accomplishments
Personal qualities and character
Overall
No basis Below average
SR-2 / 2007-08
How long have you known this student and in what context? _________________________________________________________________________________
What are the first words that come to your mind to describe this student? ______________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
/
Has the applicant ever been found responsible for a disciplinary violation at your school from 9
th
grade (or the international equivalent) forward, whether related to
academic misconduct or behavioral misconduct, that resulted in the applicant’s probation, suspension, removal, dismissal, or expulsion from your institution? > Yes > No
0
To your knowledge, has the applicant ever been convicted of a misdemeanor, felony, or other crime? > Yes > No
If you answered yes to either or both questions, please attach a separate sheet of paper or use your written recommendation to give the approximate date of each
incident and explain the circumstances.
>Check here if you would prefer to discuss this over the phone with each admission office.
I recommend this student: > No basis > With reservation > Fairly strongly > Strongly > Enthusiastically
Are classes taken on a block schedule?
> Yes > No
If yes, in what year did block scheduling begin?
___________
If you offer AP courses, do you limit the number a
student can take? > Yes > No
In comparison with other college preparatory
students at your school, the applicant’s course
selection is:
> average
> most demanding > less than demanding
> very demanding > demanding
Class rank: ___________ Class size: ___________ Covering a period from __________ to __________.
(mm/yyyy) (mm/yyyy)
The rank is > weighted > unweighted. How many students share this rank? __________ ________________
> We do not rank.
Instead, please indicate quartile _____________ quintile _____________ decile _____________.
Cumulative GPA: ________ on a _________ scale, covering a period from ____________ to ____________
(mm/yyyy) (mm/yyyy)
This GPA is > weighted > unweighted. The school’s passing mark is ________________________________.
Highest grade/GPA in class _______________________________ Graduation date ___________________
(mm/dd/yyyy)
Percentage of graduating class attending: __________________four-year __________ two-year institutions
Please use this page to provide all available information for this candidate. Don’t forget your signature is required on page 1.
Harvard for Entrance in Fall 2008 | School Report Part II
To Counselor or School Head:
We have provided this supplement to the Common Application School Report to give secondary schools the
opportunity to offer further information about their students. You may have already provided this information in
your report; we are happy to accept letters or photocopied reports and ask only that you staple them to this form.
We recognize that not all parts of this form apply equally to all schools, and we understand that many counselors
face extraordinarily demanding workloads. We are extremely grateful for your help in assisting students in the
transition from secondary school to college.
Representatives of schools outside the U.S. and Canada should refer to additional notes and directions provided
on the back page of this form.
The purpose of this recommendation is to assist the Admissions Committee in making a decision and, if the applicant
enrolls, to aid in making rooming assignments and to assist the student in other ways. Because inadequate information
can sometimes diminish a student’s chances for admission, a full and candid report is essential. We ask, therefore, for
careful ratings and comments about character and ability by a school official who knows the student well. Your report
will be read thoroughly by admissions officers and later reviewed by the Admissions Committee as it votes on the
student’s case.
You may send us any legible transcript form or academic record that your school currently uses. A school profile,
including a brief explanation of your grading system, would be especially welcome. The transcript should provide
at least the following information:
Courses taken, years taken, and grades, including courses failed or repeated
Courses currently in progress
Indication of honors, accelerated, and Advanced Placement courses (if applicable)
Test results, such as SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests (or previous versions), ACT, AP, IB, and PSAT
Schools abroad are asked to submit results or predicted results from their examinations, such as the Abitur, I.B.,
and GCE A-Levels.
Numerical Rank in Class
We understand that some schools, as a matter of policy, do not rank their students. However, the Committee feels that
it must have some indication of how the student has performed relative to classmates in order to reach a good decision.
We appreciate your cooperation in noting class size and class rank as nearly as possible. (If precise rank is not available, please
estimate decile or give some other indication.)
If the candidate is a United States citizen or permanent resident and a financial aid applicant, please direct him or her
to immediately apply for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant and for state awards to which the student is
entitled if he or she meets the criteria outlined by the participating states (i.e. Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maine,
Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont).
ࠗ Yes ࠗ No
If in the past three years the student has incurred serious or repeated disciplinary action or has ever been dismissed,
suspended, or separated from school, or placed on probation, or has ever been away from school for a period of more
than two weeks, including a leave of absence, other than for school vacations or due to illness, please check yes above
and explain on a separate sheet. (Please note that we ask the same question of the student and need your confirmation
and explanation of any such circumstance.) If, after you have submitted this form, new circumstances alter the student’s
status at school, you should notify us as soon as possible.
Applicant’s name:
Please Print
Secondary School:
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
86 Brattle Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
Please return this form by January 1.
The Transcript
Financial Aid
Disciplinary Actions
and Voluntary Leaves
School Report: Si de 3
No basis for Average Good Excellent Outstanding One of the top few
judgment or below (next 10% this year) (top 5% this year) I have encountered
in my career
Intellectual curiosity
Intellectual creativity
Academic achievement
Academic promise
Leadership
Sense of responsibility
Self-confidence
Self-reliance
Warmth of personality
Sense of humor
Concern for others
Energy
Maturity
Initiative
Reaction to setbacks
Respect accorded by faculty
TO BE COMPLETED FOR STUDENTS APPLYING FROM SCHOOLS OUTSIDE THE U.S.
The Admissions Committee realizes that some of the information requested is not readily available to you in the form commonly found in U.S.
secondary schools. We appreciate your willingness to answer our questions as best you can; please feel free to use or amend this form in any
appropriate way.
Poor Adequate Good Superior
In your own country? ࠗ
Abroad? ࠗ
Please indicate the applicant’s achievement on the examination(s) he or she has taken to date. In which subjects
and at which levels will the applicant be examined immediately prior to leaving your school (such as A-Levels,
Abitur, and International Baccalaureate)? Also, please estimate, if possible, his or her probable performance on
the examination, indicating estimates by “est.”
Result or
Examination Subject Level Estimated Result Date
Certified photocopies of examination results must be submitted with this form.
Additional General
Ratings
Considering all the
factors you feel may be
relevant, how would
you rate the applicant
as a candidate for a
university of the
highest standing:
















School Report: Si de 4
























































































To be used by students applying for the Spring 2008, Fall 2008, or Spring 2009 college term. The member colleges and universities fully support the use
of this form. No distinction will be made between this form and a college’s own. Please type or print in black ink. Be sure to follow the instructions
on the cover page of the Common Application booklet to complete, copy, and submit your application to one or more of the member institutions.
TO THE APPLICANT
After completing all the relevant questions below, give this form to a teacher who has taught you an academic subject (for example, English, foreign language,
math, science, or social studies). Please also give that teacher stamped envelopes addressed to each institution that requires a Teacher Evaluation.
Birth date _______________________________________________________ Social Security No. _______________________________________________
mm/dd/yyyy (Optional)
Legal name ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Last/Family (Enter name exactly as it appears on official documents.) First/Given Middle (complete) Jr., etc.
Address ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Number and Street Apartment # City or Town State/Province Country ZIP/Postal Code
School you now attend _______________________________________________________________________ CEEB/ACT code ______________________
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TEACHER EVALUATION 1
TE-1 / 2007-08
IMPORTANT PRIVACY NOTICE: Under the terms of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) you WILL have access to your recommendation after
you matriculate UNLESS at least one of the following is true:
1. The institution does not save recommendations post-matriculation (see list at www.commonapp.org/FERPA).
2. You waive your right to access below, regardless of the institution to which it is sent:
> Yes, I do waive my right to access, and I understand I will never see this recommendation.
> No, I do not waive my right to access and may someday choose to review this recommendation if the institution at which I’m enrolling saves it after I matriculate.
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Signature Date
TO THE TEACHER
The Common Application membership finds candid evaluations helpful in choosing from among highly qualified candidates. A photocopy of this reference form,
or another reference you may have prepared on behalf of this student, is acceptable. You are encouraged to keep the original of this form in your private files for
use should the student need additional recommendations. Please return it to the appropriate admission office(s) in the envelope(s) provided to you by this student.
Please submit your references promptly. Be sure to sign below.
Teacher’s name (Mr./Ms./Dr., etc.) ________________________________________________________ Title _______________________________________
Please print or type
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Signature Date
Secondary school _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
School address ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Number and Street City or Town State/Province Country ZIP/Postal Code
Teacher’s phone (_______) __________________________________________ Teacher’s e-mail ________________________________________________
Area Code Number Ext.
2007-08 Teacher Evaluation
> Female
> Male
©2007 The Common Application, Inc.
EVALUATION
Please write whatever you think is important about this student, including a description of academic and personal characteristics, as demonstrated in your classroom. We welcome
information that will help us to differentiate this student from others. (Feel free to attach an additional sheet or another reference you may have prepared on behalf of this student.)
Academic achievement
Intellectual promise
Quality of writing
Creative, original thought
Productive class discussion
Respect accorded by faculty
Disciplined work habits
Maturity
Motivation
Leadership
Integrity
Reaction to setbacks
Concern for others
Self-confidence
Initiative, independence
Overall
No basis Below average Average
Good
(above average)
One of the top
few encountered
in my career
Excellent
(top 10%)
Very good
(well above
average)
RATINGS
Compared to other students in his or her class year, how do you rate this student in terms of:
Outstanding
(top 5%)
TEACHER EVALUATION 1
TE-2 / 2007-08
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
How long have you known this student and in what context?
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
What are the first words that come to your mind to describe this student?
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
List the courses you have taught this student, noting for each the student’s year in school (10th, 11th, 12th; first-year, sophomore; etc.) and the level of course difficulty
(AP, accelerated, honors, IB, elective; 100-level, 200-level, etc.).
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
To be used by students applying for the Spring 2008, Fall 2008, or Spring 2009 college term. The member colleges and universities fully support the use
of this form. No distinction will be made between this form and a college’s own. Please type or print in black ink. Be sure to follow the instructions
on the cover page of the Common Application booklet to complete, copy, and submit your application to one or more of the member institutions.
TEACHER EVALUATION 2
TE-1/ 2007-08
TO THE APPLICANT
After completing all the relevant questions below, give this form to a teacher who has taught you an academic subject (for example, English, foreign language,
math, science, or social studies). Please also give that teacher stamped envelopes addressed to each institution that requires a Teacher Evaluation.
Birth date _______________________________________________________ Social Security No. _______________________________________________
mm/dd/yyyy (Optional)
Legal name ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Last/Family (Enter name exactly as it appears on official documents.) First/Given Middle (complete) Jr., etc.
Address ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Number and Street Apartment # City or Town State/Province Country ZIP/Postal Code
School you now attend _______________________________________________________________________ CEEB/ACT code ______________________
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TO THE TEACHER
The Common Application membership finds candid evaluations helpful in choosing from among highly qualified candidates. A photocopy of this reference form,
or another reference you may have prepared on behalf of this student, is acceptable. You are encouraged to keep the original of this form in your private files for
use should the student need additional recommendations. Please return it to the appropriate admission office(s) in the envelope(s) provided to you by this student.
Please submit your references promptly. Be sure to sign below.
2007-08 Teacher Evaluation
IMPORTANT PRIVACY NOTICE: Under the terms of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) you WILL have access to your recommendation after
you matriculate UNLESS at least one of the following is true:
1. The institution does not save recommendations post-matriculation (see list at www.commonapp.org/FERPA).
2. You waive your right to access below, regardless of the institution to which it is sent:
> Yes, I do waive my right to access, and I understand I will never see this recommendation.
> No, I do not waive my right to access and may someday choose to review this recommendation if the institution at which I’m enrolling saves it after I matriculate.
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Signature Date
> Female
> Male
Teacher’s name (Mr./Ms./Dr., etc.) ________________________________________________________ Title _______________________________________
Please print or type
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Signature Date
Secondary school _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
School address ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Number and Street City or Town State/Province Country ZIP/Postal Code
Teacher’s phone (_______) __________________________________________ Teacher’s e-mail ________________________________________________
Area Code Number Ext.
©2007 The Common Application, Inc.
TEACHER EVALUATION 2
TE-2/ 2007-08
EVALUATION
Please write whatever you think is important about this student, including a description of academic and personal characteristics, as demonstrated in your classroom. We welcome
information that will help us to differentiate this student from others. (Feel free to attach an additional sheet or another reference you may have prepared on behalf of this student.)
Academic achievement
Intellectual promise
Quality of writing
Creative, original thought
Productive class discussion
Respect accorded by faculty
Disciplined work habits
Maturity
Motivation
Leadership
Integrity
Reaction to setbacks
Concern for others
Self-confidence
Initiative, independence
Overall
No basis Below average Average
Good
(above average)
One of the top
few encountered
in my career
Excellent
(top 10%)
Very good
(well above
average)
RATINGS
Compared to other students in his or her class year, how do you rate this student in terms of:
Outstanding
(top 5%)
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
How long have you known this student and in what context?
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
What are the first words that come to your mind to describe this student?
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
List the courses you have taught this student, noting for each the student’s year in school (10th, 11th, 12th; first-year, sophomore; etc.) and the level of course difficulty
(AP, accelerated, honors, IB, elective; 100-level, 200-level, etc.).
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Harvard for Entrance in Fall 2008 | Mid-Year School Report
23
For the convenience of your counselor, please fill out the lines below.
Full Legal Name
Last / Family First Middle Jr., etc.
Prefer to Be Called
Home Address
Number and Street City State / Province / Country Zip / Postal Code
Home Telephone Number
Secondary School
Official Name City State / Province / Country Zip / Postal Code
This Mid-Year School Report form is to be used to report the applicant’s grades for the most recent term or marking
period of the current school year. Please comment on any significant additions or changes in the applicant’s academic,
extracurricular, or character record since your previous report. If in the student has been dismissed, suspended,
or separated from school, or placed on probation, or has left school for a period of more than two weeks, including
a leave of absence, other than for school vacations or due to illness, please explain on the back of this sheet or on
a separate page. If, after you have submitted this form, new circumstances alter the student’s status at school, you
should notify us as soon as possible.
Class Size Applicant’s Rank
If precise rank is not available, please indicate rank to the nearest tenth from the top.
This rank covers a period from.........................................................................to......................................................................... .
Month / Year Month / Year
Of this applicant’s graduating class approximately..........................................% plan to attend a four-year college,..........................................% a two-year college.
If you wish, you may attach your own school form or transcript.
Subjects Grades Remarks
List all carried during current year, indicating For period from.......................
any courses that are honors, accelerated, or through..........................................
Advanced Placement (AP).
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
86 Brattle Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
To the Applicant
To the Counselor
Latest Grade Report
as of February 2008
Please return this form by February 1
or as soon as possible thereafter.
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Harvard requires applicants to submit the results of either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT with writing.
All applicants, must also submit the results of three SAT Subject Tests. The applicant must have official
reports sent to us by the testing agencies.
ACT SAT Reasoning Test SAT Subject Test
English / Reading Date Verbal / Reading Math Writing Date Subject Score Date
Mathematics Date Verbal / Reading Math Writing Date Subject Score Date
Reading Date Verbal / Reading Math Writing Date Subject Score Date
Science Date
Composite Date
Combination English / Writing Date
In making the following ratings, please compare this student with his or her entire secondary school class.
No basis for Average Good Excellent Outstanding One of the top few
judgment or below (next 10% this year) (top 5% this year) I have encountered
in my career
Intellectual curiosity
Intellectual creativity
Academic achievement
Academic promise
Leadership
Sense of responsibility
Self-confidence
Self-reliance
Warmth of personality
Sense of humor
Concern for others
Energy
Maturity
Initiative
Reaction to setbacks
Respect accorded by faculty
Please add any additional comments you would like to make regarding this applicant.
No basis for Average Good Excellent Outstanding One of the top few
judgment or below (next 10% this year) (top 5% this year) I have encountered
in my career
Academically?
Extracurricularly?
Personally?
Overall?
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Harvard for Entrance in Fall 2008 | Financial Aid Instructions
The following materials are needed to apply for all financial aid funds administered by the Committee on
Financial Aid. Please note the deadlines below. All applicants will need to submit final 2007 tax return informa-
tion by March 1, 2008 in order to receive an award in April. Late submission of tax forms will ordinarily result in
later award notification.
An application for financial aid will in no way jeopardize your chances for admission; however, late applications
for aid cannot be assured of full consideration in time for the admissions reply deadline. Should your financial
situation change, and you no longer wish to be considered for financial aid, please notify us in writing. Please
keep photocopies of all materials for your own records.
For instructions for Foreign Citizens (excluding Canadian Citizens), please see the next page.
All forms described below should be filed as soon as possible but no later than March 1, 2008.
Complete the 2008–2009 PROFILE online at www.collegeboard.com. Designate Harvard as one of the recipients by using our CSS Code of 3434.
(If your parents are separated or divorced, use information from your custodial parent.) Print a copy for your own reference.
Once you have filed your CSS PROFILE form, you will receive communication beginning in February from the College Board’s Institutional
Documentation Service (IDOC) providing you with instructions on how to submit your 2007 federal tax forms and any other supplemental forms that
may be required. You should send signed photocopies of all pages and schedules of your parents’ 2007 federal tax returns (including photocopies
of all W-2 forms) to the College Board by March 1.
If you file a 2007 federal income tax return, please follow the same instructions as for the parents’ federal tax return above.
If your parents are divorced or separated, your noncustodial parent will need to complete a Noncustodial Parent’s PROFILE online. You will receive
instructions by email from the College Board to send to your noncustodial parent, explaining how he/she may complete this process after you have
completed your custodial CSS PROFILE.
Your noncustodial parent should submit all pages and schedules of his or her 2007 federal tax return (including photocopies of W-2 forms) to the
College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) by March 1, following the instructions provided by the College Board.
If either of your parents is self-employed or owns a business or farm, he/she will need to submit a Business / Farm Supplement for each business or
farm in which any interest is held. If your family has an interest in or ownership of a partnership or corporation, include copies of their most recent
business tax returns (Forms 1065, 1120, or 1120S, as well as any K-1 filed with your parents’ personal tax form). The Business / Farm Supplement
is available for you to download from the College Board website (www.collegeboard.com). Once completed, send all of these materials to the
College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) along with your personal tax forms.
If you, your parents, or other siblings are beneficiaries of an estate or trust, submit the appropriate schedule K-1 of Form 1041 or Form 4970, along
with the other parent tax returns, to the College Board’s IDOC service.
Feel free to include a letter of explanation in the packet you send to the College Board’s IDOC service if your family has special circumstances or
unusual expenses, or if you feel there are any other details which will help us to understand more completely your financial situation.
The 2008–2009 FAFSA will be available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov by December 2007. File the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1, 2008.
Designate Harvard as one of your recipients by using “Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138.” Our federal code number is E00468. We realize
that you may not have access to your final 2007 tax return information by these deadlines and ask that you complete the FAFSA based on the best
estimated figures available.
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CSS PROFILE Application
Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA)
Parents’ Federal Income
Tax Return
Student’s 2007 Tax Return
Noncustodial Parent’s
PROFILE
Noncustodial Federal Income
Tax Return
Business / Farm Supplement
Estate or Trust Tax Return
Additional Information
US and Canadian Citizens / US Permanent Residents Only - Deadline February 1, 2008
US Citizens / US Permanent Residents Only - Deadline February 1, 2008
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All forms below are due in the Financial Aid Office by February 1.
If you did not receive this form with the admissions application, it is available online at www.fao.fas.harvard.edu
or upon request from our office by calling (617) 495-1581.
Submit a copy of your parents’ most recent tax return, if applicable. If a tax return is not filed in your country, submit a
statement of earnings from your parents’ employers that states their yearly earnings. Be sure to write your name and
“Class of 2012” clearly at the top of all materials.
If either of your parents is self-employed or owns a business or farm, he/she will need to submit a Business / Farm
Supplement (available upon request from our office or by download at www.fao.fas.harvard.edu) for each business or farm
in which any interest is held.
In cases of separation or divorce, the noncustodial parent must complete a separate copy of the Financial Statement for
Students from Foreign Countries, and submit this to our office with a copy of his or her most recent tax return or wage
statement.
Feel free to send us a letter of explanation if your family has special circumstances or unusual expenses, or if you feel there
are any other details which will help us to understand more completely your financial situation.
Financial Statement for
Students from Foreign
Countries
Parent Income Tax Return
or Wage Statement
Business / Farm Supplement
Noncustodial Parent
Information
Additional Information
Foreign Citizens (excluding Canadian Citizens)
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Please note that the labels are each printed to identify the contents of the envelope. It will help us greatly
to process your application efficiently if you affix the correct label to the envelope before returning the
documents. These labels are formatted on our website to print on Avery 5162 address labels. You may also
print them on plain paper and cut and paste onto your envelopes.