Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

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Where are you in the Harvard application process?

I'm applying next year, just reading this thread to prepare
38
12%
Applying this year, I got an extension on my application
1
0%
I applied and haven't gotten a JS1 yet
64
20%
I applied and got a JS1, but haven't had it yet.
7
2%
I had my JS1 but I'm waiting for a magical phone call
43
13%
Already had my JS2, just here to help
62
19%
Waitlisted
61
19%
Dinged D:
49
15%
 
Total votes: 325

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby drawstring » Sun Mar 23, 2014 4:27 pm

In past cycles acceptances have been in sizable waves until pretty much the final ones, but maybe there are trickles here and there.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby drawstring » Sun Mar 23, 2014 4:52 pm

So last cycle there was a JS2 wave on the 25th, which corresponds to tomorrow this year. That wave also included a few October completes.

Assuming there were dings on Friday, I believe the past few weeks of action have generally been in line with last cycle's.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby PotenC » Sun Mar 23, 2014 4:54 pm

drawstring wrote:So last cycle there was a JS2 wave on the 25th, which corresponds to tomorrow this year. That wave also included a few October completes.

Assuming there were dings on Friday, I believe the past few weeks of action have generally been in line with last cycle's.


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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Mack.Hambleton » Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:06 pm

Late feb complete waiting for JS1, who else is with me?

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby kkdk » Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:07 pm

james.bungles wrote:Late feb complete waiting for JS1, who else is with me?


mid November complete. I'm about JSDone with waiting.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby drawstring » Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:13 pm

I'm curious about how many people who applied this cycle planned on applying next cycle until the deadlines were extended here and at other schools. Could Harvard be weakening their talent pool for next year?

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Postby Mack.Hambleton » Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:30 pm

drawstring wrote:I'm curious about how many people who applied this cycle planned on applying next cycle until the deadlines were extended here and at other schools. Could Harvard be weakening their talent pool for next year?


I doubt many people decided to apply just because they pushed the deadline back a month. I think it was to just encourage more retakes so they can have better numbers.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Quest4Knowledge » Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:38 pm

james.bungles wrote:Late feb complete waiting for JS1, who else is with me?

I'll be honest, before the poll I thought I was one of the only ones remaining in this thread without a JS1. Logically I know this shouldn't make sense as majority of applicants don't get JS1's, but seeing the results makes me feel a little less alone... Here's hoping we get interview requests this week!

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby milkandcheerios » Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:25 pm

james.bungles wrote:Late feb complete waiting for JS1, who else is with me?


Mid January complete here! Although I really think its too late for us. Whats the usual turnaround from JS1 to JS2? Probably one week AT BEST but usually longer right? Not to mention you have to schedule your interview after you get the request so it'll probably take two weeks to get some sort of decision.

It's already the end of March and if they send out all decisions by mid-April, thats only 3 weeks away... :(

At this point, i'm thinking best case scenario is a WL, worst case a ding.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby SordidLSATHistory » Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:54 pm

milkandcheerios wrote:
james.bungles wrote:Late feb complete waiting for JS1, who else is with me?


Mid January complete here! Although I really think its too late for us. Whats the usual turnaround from JS1 to JS2? Probably one week AT BEST but usually longer right? Not to mention you have to schedule your interview after you get the request so it'll probably take two weeks to get some sort of decision.

It's already the end of March and if they send out all decisions by mid-April, thats only 3 weeks away... :(

At this point, i'm thinking best case scenario is a WL, worst case a ding.


Right there with ya, and your logic seems pretty hard to argue with. Don't lose hope just yet though - I had the same thoughts about U Chicago last week before getting my interview invite. I think I may have been in what was literally their last interview wave of this cycle (If there are any UChi hopefuls reading this, put away the pitchforks - I admit that this is more or less baseless speculation, just a feeling). Not that this has anything to do with Harvard, but I'm just saying: it's not over 'till it's over.

kkdk wrote:
james.bungles wrote:Late feb complete waiting for JS1, who else is with me?


mid November complete. I'm about JSDone with waiting.


I LOL'd at this. Seriously, I'm freaking out being a mid Jan complete - I can't imagine how you feel.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Quest4Knowledge » Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:06 pm

milkandcheerios wrote:
james.bungles wrote:Late feb complete waiting for JS1, who else is with me?

Mid January complete here! Although I really think its too late for us. Whats the usual turnaround from JS1 to JS2? Probably one week AT BEST but usually longer right? Not to mention you have to schedule your interview after you get the request so it'll probably take two weeks to get some sort of decision.

It's already the end of March and if they send out all decisions by mid-April, thats only 3 weeks away... :(

At this point, i'm thinking best case scenario is a WL, worst case a ding.

I think we will see some JS1 requests this week, but I agree it seems like it might be getting too late for a straight Complete->JS1->Accept.

That being said, Harvard's wait list has always been pretty active, and an Accept is an Accept whether it comes in October, February, June, or August.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby milkandcheerios » Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:48 pm

Quest4Knowledge wrote:
milkandcheerios wrote:
james.bungles wrote:Late feb complete waiting for JS1, who else is with me?

Mid January complete here! Although I really think its too late for us. Whats the usual turnaround from JS1 to JS2? Probably one week AT BEST but usually longer right? Not to mention you have to schedule your interview after you get the request so it'll probably take two weeks to get some sort of decision.

It's already the end of March and if they send out all decisions by mid-April, thats only 3 weeks away... :(

At this point, i'm thinking best case scenario is a WL, worst case a ding.

I think we will see some JS1 requests this week, but I agree it seems like it might be getting too late for a straight Complete->JS1->Accept.

That being said, Harvard's wait list has always been pretty active, and an Accept is an Accept whether it comes in October, February, June, or August.


Would you go to HLS 100% if you got off the wait list? If that happened to me, I couldn't necessarily see myself jumping ship for HLS since it would mean losing my deposit and having to change all my plans and most likely having to pay more. A WL -> Accept just seems like it'd be so complicated, I wouldn't know what to do.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby teampeeta » Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:54 pm

I guess it would depend on what else I was offered/ what the turnaround time was. If I was already heading to Stanford and HLS let me in in August after I'd already committed to moving to California, I'd probably turn it down. If I were attending NYU at sticker and HLS admitted me in June, I'd prob go.

For my purposes, I think everything through July is okay (God I hope I get a JS1 this week, though; seriously, I can't imagine waiting that long!). August starts to be sketchier.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Typhoon24 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:56 pm

milkandcheerios wrote:
Quest4Knowledge wrote:
milkandcheerios wrote:
james.bungles wrote:Late feb complete waiting for JS1, who else is with me?

Mid January complete here! Although I really think its too late for us. Whats the usual turnaround from JS1 to JS2? Probably one week AT BEST but usually longer right? Not to mention you have to schedule your interview after you get the request so it'll probably take two weeks to get some sort of decision.

It's already the end of March and if they send out all decisions by mid-April, thats only 3 weeks away... :(

At this point, i'm thinking best case scenario is a WL, worst case a ding.

I think we will see some JS1 requests this week, but I agree it seems like it might be getting too late for a straight Complete->JS1->Accept.

That being said, Harvard's wait list has always been pretty active, and an Accept is an Accept whether it comes in October, February, June, or August.


Would you go to HLS 100% if you got off the wait list? If that happened to me, I couldn't necessarily see myself jumping ship for HLS since it would mean losing my deposit and having to change all my plans and most likely having to pay more. A WL -> Accept just seems like it'd be so complicated, I wouldn't know what to do.


i share your sentiment. there's also a big difference between getting wl-> accepted in May vs. 2 days before classes start.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby milkandcheerios » Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:01 pm

wait list movement begins in May? I guess that wouldn't be so bad....

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Typhoon24 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:03 pm

ah im not sure. i just recall trip trip getting in off WL last year in late may.

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Postby teampeeta » Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:05 pm

milkandcheerios wrote:wait list movement begins in May? I guess that wouldn't be so bad....


I think it depends on the cycle. Last year movement started in May according to LSN. In 2012, people were admitted in June and July.

ETA: Judging by the pace of this cycle, WL --> admits will probably happen in late-July at the earliest.

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Postby Lavitz » Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:10 pm

PourMeTea wrote:I swear there's an H OP curse

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Quest4Knowledge » Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:19 pm

Typhoon24 wrote:
milkandcheerios wrote:
Quest4Knowledge wrote:That being said, Harvard's wait list has always been pretty active, and an Accept is an Accept whether it comes in October, February, June, or August.

Would you go to HLS 100% if you got off the wait list? If that happened to me, I couldn't necessarily see myself jumping ship for HLS since it would mean losing my deposit and having to change all my plans and most likely having to pay more. A WL -> Accept just seems like it'd be so complicated, I wouldn't know what to do.

i share your sentiment. there's also a big difference between getting wl-> accepted in May vs. 2 days before classes start.

I think like teempeeta said, it would depend on what my other options are. But as it stands, I would definitely go to HLS if I got in off the wait list, whether that be in May/June or even late August.

This is obviously anecdotal, but a friend of mine got into her top choice just three days before classes started this September. She quit her full time job, moved to the city and lived in a friends apartment for the first week or so before getting settled into her own place. Of course the first few weeks of school were quite hectic, but in the end we're making such a big decision that if I got a call a week or so left in the summer, I would definitely pack up and move to Cambridge (assuming COA at other options are similar, and I have been rejected at YS).

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Mack.Hambleton » Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:51 pm

Christ that sounds like such a pain. I wish schools would just have a deadline (like June 1 or something) where they finalized all acceptances so people aren't getting called in September. Why would H even need to accept those late people? I'm sure they would have a 500+ class already

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Postby peaches9848 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:53 pm

kkdk wrote:
james.bungles wrote:Late feb complete waiting for JS1, who else is with me?


mid November complete. I'm about JSDone with waiting.


+1

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby drawstring » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:02 pm

milkandcheerios wrote:wait list movement begins in May? I guess that wouldn't be so bad....


There were several WL admits in late May last cycle.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Brettanomyces » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:06 pm

james.bungles wrote:Late feb complete waiting for JS1, who else is with me?


Yo.

Early March.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Quest4Knowledge » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:07 pm

james.bungles wrote:Christ that sounds like such a pain. I wish schools would just have a deadline (like June 1 or something) where they finalized all acceptances so people aren't getting called in September. Why would H even need to accept those late people? I'm sure they would have a 500+ class already

That would be so great, just a strict deadline for a decision no matter what. I'm not sure why, but I would think they keep those later applicants in case their yield rates for some reason take a dip, or a safety net just in case.

Also, in case it wasn't clear - the example of my friend was not her experiences at HLS, but a different school. I'm not sure whether HLS even accepts people that late in the summer. A quick glance at LSN from last year shows the latest Waitlist->Accept was end of June. Although people were on the wait list but rejected in August.




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