Early Action admits to the Class of 2021
Congratulations to all those students in Year 13 who successfully applied ‘Early Action’ to their favourite US college and have just received their offers of admission. Harvard applicants were sent the result by email on 13th December. Out of 6,473 Early Action applicants, 938 were offered admission, including several from the UK. Well done to all UK admits!
To the additional UK students who will be applying to Harvard by the Regular Action deadline (1st January), remember that most offers of admission are made at that time so your chances of getting in are just as good as for Early Action applicants.
If you are a high achieving student from a state-funded school, or from a family where no one has been to university before, we very much hope that you have considered Harvard as one of your choices, as we want to ensure that talented students from ALL backgrounds have access to our resources and programmes.
A very warm welcome to those of you who signed up for the newsletter following our presentations this term at the following schools:
- St Olave’s Grammar School, Orpington, Kent
- Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre, London E6
- The Royal Latin School, Buckingham
- Wren Academy, London N12
- Chelsea Academy, London SW10
- Cardinal Newman College, Preston, Lancashire
- Shoreham Academy, West Sussex
- St John the Baptist School, Woking, Surrey
- London Academy of Excellence, London E15
- The Judd School, Tonbridge, Kent
We are now in the process of organising a programme of school visits for the Spring and Summer Terms. If your school would like a visit from one of the Harvard Outreach Team to hear our presentation entitled Study in the USA – the Application Process Demystified, then please email the school visits co-ordinator, Stuart Gordon: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our target schools are state-funded schools and colleges that regularly send their students to Russell Group universities in the UK, but do not have a tradition of sending students to US colleges and would like to know more about the process. Most of our visits this term have been to schools in London and SE England, so we will particularly welcome requests from other regions of the UK.
If you are applying to US colleges, what should you be doing now?
The regular deadline for applications is early January for most colleges, so you should now be in the final stages of gathering together the various components of your application, ready to send off before the deadline. Check your Common App. online to make sure that your nominated referees have submitted their reports. If not, chase them up urgently. It’s a good idea to submit all your applications before Christmas so you can enjoy the holidays in the knowledge that they are all safely with the relevant admissions offices.
If you fulfil the criteria for the Sutton Trust US Programme (see November newsletter), submit your application without delay. It is a fantastic opportunity that includes a one week summer school in the US and four residential weekends in the UK. If you are accepted, you will not only have the time of your life, but also receive excellent support throughout the application process that will help your chances of being offered a place at a US college.
Applications: Students should apply online at http://us.suttontrust.com/apply/
Student Application Deadline: 11.59pm, Sunday 22 January 2017
School Reference Deadline: 11.59pm, Tuesday 24 January 2017
Other than that, remember to keep up your practice schedule for the SAT or ACT over the next few months and aim to take the tests in the Spring of 2017.
Top priority this year is to work hard so that you get excellent results in your GCSEs next summer. You should also spend time developing your extracurricular activities and pursuits (in any field), as US colleges are just as interested in your extracurricular achievements as in your academic ability.
Also, it’s not too early to start thinking about doing some kind of work experience and/or community service next summer before you start your A Levels. This will stand you in good stead for both UK and US university applications, as it will show your dedication and initiative.
We wish all of our subscribers a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. See you all in 2017!