Are Harvard interviews really selective? If yes, to what extent are the selective – everyone interviewed is either admitted or waitlisted?

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

Students often get very excited when called for an interview with Harvard. For better or for worse, however, everyone is supposed to be offered an alumni interview for Harvard. As such, interviewees fall evenly into the same categories of all applicants; they will either be Accepted, Wait Listed or Rejected. Alumni interviewers at Harvard are like those at other colleges. They range from young, recent graduates to alums who graduated sometimes decades ago, and who do not have current information on what’s happening on campus. We always suggest googling your interviewer to find out a little bit about their background.....View More

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I am in short, a clueless ninth grader, with a substantial dream. I really want to study medicine in the US, hopefully in Ivy League schools like Harvard and Johns Hopkins. I am a U.S. citizen currently living in India. I am a student in the CBSE board of education.

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

It’s great that you are starting to prepare this early for your dream. In order to have the best chance at getting a seat as a pre-med student at a top U.S. university, you will have to consider the following factors: Grades, Difficulty of Curriculum, Test Scores, Extracurricular Activities, Letters of Recommendation, Statement of Purpose and Supplementary Questions, and a possible Interview. You will want to take the most difficult course of studies that you can handle well. Try to maximize your sciences and math courses. Be sure to take Biology, Physics and Chemistry, in addition to as much Calculus as....View More

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I'm currently studying in class 11 and I'm a bit confused about when I should be applying to the US colleges like MIT, Harvard and Stanford. I know that their application deadlines are generally during end of year. Should I be applying during my class 12 or after completing class 12?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

For U.S. colleges, you apply in the fall of your senior year. Early deadlines, both Early Action and Early Decision, generally occur in early November or your senior year. Regular Decision is generally at the beginning of January of your senior year. The most reliable place to find out actual deadlines is to check them on www.collegeboard.org. or from the college’s own website under the Admissions section. If you want to take a Gap Year, we still recommend that you apply during the fall of your senior year, and then defer. It is easier to get teacher recommendations and have....View More

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I'm an Indian studying in a CBSE school! I took Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology without Mathematics in my classes 11 and 12. However, I studied Math till Grade 10, have enrolled in an online edX certified Calculus BC course for my senior year and gave the Math 2 SAT subject test in June. I'm targeting HYP and other ivies for an undergraduate course in Biology (PreMed track). Will this affect my chances considering good ECs in STEM and research in cardiovascular medicine that involves a lot of Maths in it? How else can I prove my competency in mathematics?

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Geetha Swamy Answered 5 months ago

What are your grades in classes 9, 10, 11 and 12? Why are you targeting only the Ivies? Have you even considered other top schools for Biology?  What score did you receive in SAT Math 2 test? There are so many other questions you need to consider before you dash into planning for admission to HYP. It seems that your competency in Math is uppermost in your mind. Please consider the other factors I have listed above. They are very important. I am glad that you have some good extra curricular activities. They will certainly work in your favour. Math....View More

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