To apply to Harvard College, you will need to use the Common Application, a centralized platform through which you can apply to most American colleges and universities. You will need to fill in information about your family – including the occupation of your parents -, provide your transcript or high school grades, submit two teacher reference letters and a guidance counselor letter of reference, draft a résumé or CV, send official test scores (SAT, SAT Subject Test scores, ACT and English language test scores), describe your extracurricular activities and as with most highly selective colleges complete the essay questions on the Common App as well as answer additional essay questions specific to Harvard. The application will be due on January 1st unless you are applying for Early Action in which case you must submit all materials by November 1st.
When do you have to start preparing for Harvard University
Taking into account the extreme selectivity of Harvard and the numerous specific requirements for American universities like passing specific exams, the importance of extra-curricular activities and the number of essays you must write, we recommend that you start to consider your application to the United States from your penultimate year of school to the beginning of your final year at the latest to maximize your chances of admission.