Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions
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The 2018 Institute will be held from June 17–22, 2018.


The Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions is an annual program organized jointly by Harvard University and The College Board. A nationally-recognized faculty of outstanding leaders in the field of admissions and education will offer more than forty sessions and will be available for consultation and discussion.

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Some of the topics that guidance and admissions professionals will review together include:

  • Access and affordability
  • Admissions at the service academies
  • Admissions office organization
  • Athletics in admissions
  • Budgeting and cost analysis
  • Case studies
  • Communications
  • Different applications
  • Early decision and early action
  • Effective guidance counseling
  • Essay writing
  • Ethical and legal issues
  • Expected federal changes
  • Financial aid
  • First generation students
  • How admissions decisions are made
  • Immigration issues in higher education
  • International admissions
  • Organizational leadership in admissions
  • Practical recruiting
  • Professional growth
  • Secondary school profiles
  • Selecting a college
  • Social media's role
  • Standardized testing
  • Supporting non-traditional students
  • The economy and admissions at public universities
  • The redesigned SAT
  • Writing recommendations

The agenda includes day and evening programs. In addition to lectures and regular work sessions, the residential staff will be available for individual conversation and consultation. Time is built into the schedule for discussion and break-out groups.

“I was amazed by how accessible and friendly all of the faculty members were.”

— Institute participant

For any questions or concerns, please email sica@fas.harvard.edu.