From world-renowned professors to world-class friendships, students at Harvard find a community that embraces them, challenges them and exposes them to new ideas daily. With so many opportunities afforded to our students, the Harvard experience is unique for every undergraduate. With over 400 student organizations to join, more than 40 concentrations to study, 17 freshman dorms and 12 upperclass houses to live in, in addition to hundreds of faculty members and more than 6600 students to befriend, each student experiences a different piece of Harvard College over the course of his or her four years here.
Current students are the Admissions Office's greatest resource. They can give you a first hand account of the life of a Harvard Undergraduate.
Although nothing quite compares to a visit, we hope these short vignettes of students sharing stories about their lives at Harvard will give you a sense of what the College and our students are really like.
The Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program (UMRP) assists the Admissions Office in extending its outreach to prospective students. The program is staffed by current undergraduates who coordinate recruitment efforts on behalf of African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American students. Coordinators are equipped to address a full range of questions concerning academic and extracurricular opportunities at Harvard, as well as social and residential life.
The Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI) is aimed at reducing economic barriers to college. Coordinators from a variety of backgrounds are available to assist potential applicants and their families during the academic year. They are prepared to describe and explain not only basic financial aid policy and practice, but also to discuss more general aspects of student life at Harvard College.
The Undergraduate Admissions Council (UAC) acts as a liaison between prospective students and the Harvard Undergraduate Admissions Office. With more than 50 members, the UAC is a large student body that provides information and support to both students and administrators. Its work culminates in April with the annual student visiting program, which generally sees over 1,000 prospective Harvard students visiting over a span of three days.