You'll learn what it takes to build a compelling overall application.
You’ll learn the strategies I used to build a compelling application.
You’ll see what items were critical in getting me admitted, and what didn’t end up helping much at all.
In 2005, I applied to college and got into every school I applied to, including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and MIT. In this guide, I’ll show you the entire college application that got me into Harvard - page by page, word for word.
In my complete analysis, I'll take you through my Common Application, Harvard supplemental application, personal statements and essays, extracurricular activities, teachers' letters of recommendation, counselor recommendation, complete high school transcript, and more.
I'll point out mistakes I made that I could have corrected to build an even stronger application.
Here’s a complete table of contents for what we’ll be covering.Page by page, word for word, you’ll see everything exactly as I presented it: extracurricular activities, awards and honors, personal statements and essays, and more.In addition to all this detail, there are two special parts of this college application breakdown that I haven’t seen anywhere else: For every piece of my application, I’ll provide commentary on what made it so effective and my strategies behind creating it.I’ll also give you in-depth commentary on every part of my application.To my knowledge, a college application analysis like this has never been done before.I received similar successful letters from every college I applied to: Princeton, Stanford, and MIT.(After getting into Harvard early, I decided not to apply to Yale, Columbia, UChicago, UPenn, and other Ivy League-level schools, since I already knew I would rather go to Harvard.) The application that got me admitted everywhere is the subject of this guide.I'll start first with an introduction to this guide and important disclaimers.Then I'll share the #1 question you need to be thinking about as you construct your application.Tip: Sign In to save these choices and avoid repeating this across devices.You can always update your preferences in the Privacy Centre.