Applying to Harvard University for their undergraduate programs seems daunting, but it is actually not as hard as it seems. Although there are many steps in the application process, we will be discussing them step-by-step so that you will know what you will have to do to apply.

Harvard University uses the Common Application. Common Application is basically what it sounds like. It is an application that is common for many universities in the US, and once you fill that out, you can use that common application to fill out your application.

Before reading this article, I highly recommend you to read How to Apply through the Common App first, which will be very helpful. Then, you can read this article.

Application Procedure

Applying to Harvard University Scholarships can be a difficult task. In this section, I will explain how to submit the application to Harvard. If you want to see this on the official Harvard University website, visit this page.

1.  Fill the Common App

First, you will need to completely fill out the Common Application. Check How to Fill Out the Common Application.

2. Write Harvard Specific Essays

After you’ve completely filled your Common App, you will need to write Harvard Specific Essays. You will find the prompt in the Common App.

When you are writing these essays, it is essential that there are no grammatical errors in your writing. Although having perfect grammar won’t make you stand out, having grammatical errors can break your application. I highly recommend using ProWritingAid Grammar Checker to check your work. It is free to use!

3. Submit the Required Documents

You will have to submit these required documents:

  • Common Application and Supplementary Harvard Essays

You can submit these in your Common Application Account once you’ve filled out your application.

  • $75 application fee or a fee waiver 

You can submit the application fee in your Common Application Account. They have a payment system where you can pay through debit or credit card. f you have financial difficulty, you can ask for an application fee waiver on the Harvard University website.

  • ACT with or without writing or SAT with or without Writing

You can take either SAT or ACT and submit the scores. You do not have to do the writing section to apply to Harvard, but it is recommended

  • Two SAT Subject Tests (Recommended)

Taking at least two SAT subject tests is recommended, but it is still optional.

  • School Reports

You will need to submit the transcripts for grades available so far and Mid-Year School Report as soon as they become available to the Harvard Admissions Office. Also, the final school report is needed once you are accepted and become available at the end of your senior year.

  • English Proficiency Exam (Optional for International Students)

If you are an international student, you may submit English Proficiency Exams like TOEFL or IELTS, but this is not required.


I hope that this article on how to apply for Harvard University as an undergraduate student was helpful. If you are interested in studying abroad, check out the Available Programs for International Students!

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