Admissions Process

University selection

Admissions process at American universities, especially at Harvard and other top 100 schools, is a bit more time consuming than it is typically thought. Before you begin compiling all necessary documents and – what is worse – sending them onwards to your dream universities, you should spend a couple of hours doing research on the academic institutions you will want to spend 4 important years of your life.

I am confident you can get amazing education nearly everywhere, but I do highly encourage you to look for places that seem like a right fit. While big names like Harvard always attract thousands of people every year, there is a lot more beyond just big names. When I tried to select potential matches back in 2008 and 2009, I was looking at several factors such as diversity, international character, resources, study abroad programs, community and many more.

It is typical to apply to anywhere between 10 to 15 universities, so plan accordingly. You will want to send your application to 3-5 top tier universities, and the rest to other schools of your choice.


Once you select 10-15 universities, you will be able to look more carefully into admissions requirements, which, as you might imagine, are required in order to get in. Harvard typically requires the following:

  • Common/Universal College Application
  • Harvard College Questions and Writing Supplement for the Common Application
  • $75 fee or a fee waiver
  • SAT or ACT with Writing
  • Normally, 2 SAT Subject Tests
  • School Report and high school transcript
  • Teacher Report (2)
  • Mid-Year School Report
  • Final School Report
  • Alumni interview

Other schools may require similar components of your application. Please consult websites of admissions offices.