What extracurriculars will increase my chances in attending Harvard University?

Major: pre-med

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  • 1 month ago

    Exceptional schools want exceptional achievers, in & out of the classroom. Listing a bunch of extracurriculars is nowhere near enough. They look for things like winning national & international competitions in academic and/or talent competitions (e.g. original research for science fairs, etc.). They look for long-term commitment (3-6 years, not just high school) with leadership positions, founders/originators/creators of unique organizations & projects.

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  • 1 month ago

    And why Harvard for undergrad? The program nor the cost does not justifies this. My BFF went to Harvard but still didnt get into their med school, but got in elsewhere, and then still a top residency. But what got her in: some stats: top grades, taught herself harp and guitar, sang in a band, started her own business, fabulous letters of rec, and a whole lot more. Still became a top notch doc.

    • Diane A
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      1 month agoReport

      and the TD is for?

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  • MS
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    1 month ago

    First, pre-med is not a major.  It's a set of prerequisite classes that are required for admission to medical school.  Some schools do offer a pre-med "concentration" of sorts, which is just a plan of study that makes sure you get those courses and helps organize them within the rest of your schedule.  Harvard does not have a pre-med major or concentration. 

    That being said, admission to Harvard is difficult.  On top of excellent grades and test scores, you need to stand out in some significant way.  It's more important to be highly involved and successful in a few activities rather than marginally involved in many things.  But Harvard wants to see students who show strong and significant leadership, who are innovative in some way, or who win significant awards or other forms of recognition.  

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  • 1 month ago

    Pre-med is not a major (or concentration).

    It's not the type of EC that matters, it's the quality and commitment of the way you spend your time that counts: are you a leader, are you already giving back to your community, do you identify needs and develop new ways to deal with them, do you develop and share your talents and abilities, etc.?

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  • 1 month ago

    Candy striper at your local hospital.

    First responder training and certification.

    Biology/medical project winning State competition.

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