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.
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2%
I had my JS1 but I'm waiting for a magical phone call
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13%
Already had my JS2, just here to help
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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 binary_theatrics » Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:31 pm

t-14orbust wrote:
binary_theatrics wrote:She asked me questions almost entirely about my resume and personal statement, with the exception of the usual 'Why Now' and 'Why Harvard' questions.


I think I would burst into laughter after being asked 'Why Harvard' :roll: :lol:


+1 ;). Though she phrased it something along the lines of, "I'm sure you will get offers from a number of law schools, what factors will lead you to make your final decision?" ... and I answered it in a way that made it clear Harvard exceeded every factor I desired.

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

Postby luckystar84 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:22 pm

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

Postby t-14orbust » Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:29 pm

luckystar84 wrote:So what's the story on the completion email? I submitted another app and it already says complete. It's the same gray status checker every school has. Does HLS work the same way? Or do you have to receive their completion email before you know it's been forwarded to review? I remember reading earlier in the thread that about 2 weeks separate the completion status checker and the email, but someone said they went complete within hours of submitting. Which one are they talking about?

Can I expect a JS1 in the next 2 weeks? >=50% on both scores


You can't really expect anything lol. Just buckle up and enjoy the ride

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

Postby Sourrudedude » Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:06 pm

luckystar84 wrote:So what's the story on the completion email? I submitted another app and it already says complete. It's the same gray status checker every school has. Does HLS work the same way? Or do you have to receive their completion email before you know it's been forwarded to review? I remember reading earlier in the thread that about 2 weeks separate the completion status checker and the email, but someone said they went complete within hours of submitting. Which one are they talking about?

Can I expect a JS1 in the next 2 weeks? >=median on both scores

Completion email comes after complete on status checker, but there's no real rhyme or reason to how long after. JS1s have gone to a variety of numbers so don't hold your breath but hopefully you get one in November.

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

Postby crazyrobin » Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:15 pm

meowmeowmeow wrote:
Humbert Humbert wrote:Seems like almost everyone is interviewing with JS, no?


I did not, I interviewed with one of the other admissions folks. Hoping that doesn't necessarily mean anything bad...


Mine was not either.
I think we shall have our decisions around thanksgiving week.

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

Postby drawstring » Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:16 pm

crazyrobin wrote:
meowmeowmeow wrote:
Humbert Humbert wrote:Seems like almost everyone is interviewing with JS, no?


I did not, I interviewed with one of the other admissions folks. Hoping that doesn't necessarily mean anything bad...


Mine was not neither.
I think we shall have our decisions around thanksgiving week.


Did your interview also seem to be along the lines of the typical JS interview?

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

Postby crazyrobin » Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:21 pm

drawstring wrote:
crazyrobin wrote:
meowmeowmeow wrote:
Humbert Humbert wrote:Seems like almost everyone is interviewing with JS, no?


I did not, I interviewed with one of the other admissions folks. Hoping that doesn't necessarily mean anything bad...


Mine was not neither.
I think we shall have our decisions around thanksgiving week.


Did your interview also seem to be along the lines of the typical JS interview?


Yep, it's pretty much all about my PS and CV. But no "why Harvard" nor "why now" questions.

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

Postby AvatarEyes08 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:13 pm

Also had mine with JS, though mine seems to have been a bit different than most. She didn't ask really any questions about my resume or PS. None of the questions were too tricky or anything, but I would also say it wasn't as straightforward as I thought it would be. Not sure if I should read into that at all. I doubt it.

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

Postby bbkk » Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:04 am

People have started with interviews and I'm still struggling with the LSAT... :(

Well, just stopped by to say good luck! Will come back after Dec LSAT!

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

Postby scifiguy » Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:34 am

newbie to thread: are interviews required for HLS admissions?

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

Postby HorseThief » Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:12 am

scifiguy wrote:newbie to thread: are interviews required for HLS admissions?


Technically, no, but most everyone does get an interview. As someone mentioned before, around 1200 people are invited to interview and 800 get in, and none of us have heard of someone getting in without the interview.

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

Postby AvatarEyes08 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:15 am

scifiguy wrote:newbie to thread: are interviews required for HLS admissions?


Yes

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

Postby wtrc » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:30 am

HorseThief wrote:
scifiguy wrote:newbie to thread: are interviews required for HLS admissions?


Technically, no, but most everyone does get an interview. As someone mentioned before, around 1200 people are invited to interview and 800 get in, and none of us have heard of someone getting in without the interview.


I've heard of someone. In the HLS thread last year, someone who was from HLS legacy (father and grandfather both went), and was third generation Exeter--> Princeton--> HLS with a 177 didn't have one. People were unsure if he was flame or not, but I think he convinced.

ETA: but to answer the question, for all intents and purposes, yes, everyone that gets admitted gets one

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

Postby sasquatchsam » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:39 am

KarenButtenbaum wrote:In general, HLS will interview more people than they will admit, so not everyone who is interviewed will be admitted. But you need to have an interview before you are admitted, so getting invited to interview will exponentially increase your chances of being admitted over someone who is not invited to interview. :wink:

If you are invited to interview, it means there is something in your application that they like. The interview is really just another element of the application that can be for you, against you, or neutral.

Cheers,
Karen


This should shed some light on the issue...you cannot be accepted without interviewing (or at least that is what the bolded suggests).

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

Postby Lavitz » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:59 am

wtrc wrote:
HorseThief wrote:
scifiguy wrote:newbie to thread: are interviews required for HLS admissions?


Technically, no, but most everyone does get an interview. As someone mentioned before, around 1200 people are invited to interview and 800 get in, and none of us have heard of someone getting in without the interview.


I've heard of someone. In the HLS thread last year, someone who was from HLS legacy (father and grandfather both went), and was third generation Exeter--> Princeton--> HLS with a 177 didn't have one. People were unsure if he was flame or not, but I think he convinced.

ETA: but to answer the question, for all intents and purposes, yes, everyone that gets admitted gets one

I still say that was a flame.

But don't take my word for it.

KarenButtenbaum wrote:
Humbert Humbert wrote:Karen - can you talk a bit about the Harvard interview? Namely, if you got one, what it means for your chances, what will they be looking for, how important it is vis-a-vis your numbers (especially if they are below median), etc.

Thanks!


In general, HLS will interview more people than they will admit, so not everyone who is interviewed will be admitted. But you need to have an interview before you are admitted, so getting invited to interview will exponentially increase your chances of being admitted over someone who is not invited to interview. :wink:

If you are invited to interview, it means there is something in your application that they like. The interview is really just another element of the application that can be for you, against you, or neutral.

Cheers,
Karen

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

Postby sonyvaio18 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:03 am

for the JS1-ers, how positive did the interviewers seem about you during the interview?

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

Postby 04102014 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:05 am

At the info session I attended, the Associate Director said: "If you want to go to Harvard, I would suggest you not turn down the interview. You won't get in without one."

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

Postby flippacious » Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:24 am

Good luck to anyone with interviews today!
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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby HorseThief » Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:04 pm

sonyvaio18 wrote:for the JS1-ers, how positive did the interviewers seem about you during the interview?


Positive isn't the right word. I sensed upbeat and enthusiastic, but I never got any hint of 'yes you have a good shot' or 'nope, you have no shot.' JS remained very neutral during my interview.

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

Postby Sourrudedude » Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:09 pm

HorseThief wrote:
sonyvaio18 wrote:for the JS1-ers, how positive did the interviewers seem about you during the interview?


Positive isn't the right word. I sensed upbeat and enthusiastic, but I never got any hint of 'yes you have a good shot' or 'nope, you have no shot.' JS remained very neutral during my interview.

This 100%

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

Postby supersonicfast » Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:32 pm

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

Postby Noodlebrain » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:48 pm

HorseThief wrote:
sonyvaio18 wrote:for the JS1-ers, how positive did the interviewers seem about you during the interview?


Positive isn't the right word. I sensed upbeat and enthusiastic, but I never got any hint of 'yes you have a good shot' or 'nope, you have no shot.' JS remained very neutral during my interview.


I interviewed with Danielle and I thought she was definitely positive. Then again, she does have a master's in communication so maybe she is just a master manipulator :)

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

Postby luckystar84 » Sat Nov 02, 2013 3:55 am

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

Postby HorseThief » Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:06 am

luckystar84 wrote:another one of my Apps went like this:
submit after 5PM on Monday
complete in status checker Tuesday morning
complete email sent Wednesday morning @ 4AM (lol).

HLS: status checker still not complete. submitted Thurs after 5PM.
be patient? Am I correct though that I need that complete email before JS1?


It took me 2 weeks to go complete, and then the JS1 came the next day.




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