I am a big fan of eHow. It offers easy-to-understand directions on how to do just about anything. It even rates the difficulty of your task. However, it’s hard not to laugh a bit when you stumble across their instructions on “How to Get Into Harvard College.” In case you were wondering, it falls under the ‘challenging’ level in terms of degree of difficulty.
While funny, it does offer some good advice in terms of setting up a timeline to apply to Harvard or any school.
Want to know what grades you need? Apparently, if you’re JFK then you don’t need much. It turns out he didn’t do so hot at Choate. Anyway, here’s the 5 step guide to getting into Harvard College (the undergrad school) from eHow:
1. Ask for recommendation letters at least two months before the application deadline. This will give those writing them time to write a solid and thoughtful recommendation for you, despite their busy schedule. Two recommendations are required and need to be from two different teachers who know your academic performance well.
2. Take the SAT early in November of your senior year so that you can take it over as late as January if you want a better score. The SAT or ACT is required along with two different SAT subject tests. Be sure to start studying at least four months before the exam so that you’ll be at your very best on test day. Although Harvard does not have minimum score requirements, pay attention and compare your scores to the SAT average range of the most recently admitted class, which were 700-790 for critical reading and 690-790 for math.
3. Notify your college counselor or advisor a few months in advance that you need a mid-year report sent in, along with a secondary school report. Be sure to include a stamped, pre-addressed envelope to the Harvard College admission office for your counselor.
Harvard College Admissions
86 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
4. Write a strong personal essay that reflects your strengths and interests. This essay is important because it shows a side of you not reflected in your test scores or grades. Make sure that you give yourself some time to think about this personal statement so that you do not feel rushed when you are writing it.
5. Send a $75 check for the application fee. If you need to have this fee waived for financial reasons, you can have your college counselor fill out a request to waiver the fee and send it into the admissions office.