October 2020: High turnout at Harvard booth for Virtual USA College Day; applying during Covid-19 restrictions; differences between ‘Early Action’, ‘Early Decision’ and ‘Regular Action’; what to do now if applying to Harvard next autumn; online practice material for SAT and ACT; SAT and ACT test dates for 2020/21.
November 2020: Virtual School Visits Programme; Harvard Club of the UK offers Q&A sessions for Harvard applicants during November and December; Application details for Sutton Trust US Programme.
December 2020: Early Action admits to the Harvard Class of 2025; actions for Year 13, Year 12 and Year 11 students.
January 2021: Researching US colleges; US equivalent of Russell Group universities and world university rankings; parental support for students applying to university; last chance to apply for the Sutton Trust US Programme.
February 2021: ‘Fair Opportunity Project’: US college application guides written by Harvard students; Standardised tests: an update; types of financial aid and scholarships for US colleges.
March 2021: Harvard planning for ‘full return’ to campus in Fall 2021; admissions decisions for Harvard Class of 2025 to be released on 6 April 2021; what to do if you are accepted, waitlisted or not accepted at a US college; effect of COVID-19 on US college admission requirements for the 2021-22 application cycle.
April 2021: Applicants to Harvard College up 43% on last year; ‘welcome’ event for new admits and deferrals; assessing future applicants amid continuing school exam disruption; information for students in the final and penultimate year secondary school students; information for secondary school students applying to US colleges in three years’ time.
May 2021: Full return to campus planned for the Fall 2021 semester; results of mini-survey into the main sources of information used by a group of UK applicants admitted to Harvard this year; Updated information for students applying to Harvard this autumn for entry in 2022; Updates from UK qualification authorities about how they will recognise learner achievement this summer.
June 2021: School Visits Programme – book now for the autumn term; Honoring the Class of 2021; Harvard plans full return to campus this fall; Applying to US colleges – what should I be doing now?
July 2021: Online application forms for US colleges go live on 1st August; Two ways of applying: Common App and Coalition for College; Tips and resources for students, teachers and recommenders; Making the most of summer 2021
August 2021: Applying to US colleges for entry in 2022 (class of 2026) – an outline of the two main application platforms; Differences between the US and UK university application systems; Introduction to the Personal Essay and a full list of 2021/22 essay titles for the Common App and the Coalition for College – plus guidelines on how to answer them; Virtual USA College Day, 25 September 2021
September 2021: How to register for Virtual USA College Day, Saturday 25 September; The most frequently asked questions at the Harvard stand; ‘It feels like a university again’ – first year students arrive on campus for the first in-person semester since March 2020