Harvard Transfer: Top 5 Attributes You Need To Get Accepted

by Chad Agrawal

Transfer To Harvard From Community CollegeBecoming a Harvard transfer is a fabulous accomplishment and probably one of the biggest opportunities offered to community college and university students. However, in order to transfer from your university or community college to Harvard, you'll have to work hard and obtain the attributes listed below.

For an in-depth plan to become a Harvard transfer, check out this guide.

5 Attributes of a Harvard Transfer Student

Here are the list of attributes that will help you transfer to Harvard. They will also help you get into any of the Ivy League schools that accept transfer students. Are you ready? Let's get started.

1. Ambition

Ambition is a bit more than motivation. It's a strong force that will drive you to do not only what you have to do, but way more than is expected of you. This is what you'll need to community college transfer to Harvard or other Ivy League universities. Motivation will get you a good education and career, but ambition will drive you to work hard enough to be Ivy League material.

2. Passion for People

You need a passion for something that helps the world, a passion for giving, contributing, or doing something that can help people. Higher education is meant to produce professionals who greatly contribute to society. The more you connect with people, the greater your chances will be of getting accepted to Harvard.

3. Academic Excellence

Yes, it's going to help you - if you get a 4.0 GPA at community college or university, you're showing admissions counselors that you're serious about your academics, transferring to Harvard, and succeeding as a community college transfer student. Since serious students from all over the world compete for Harvard acceptance, it's important to show that you're on the same level as other top students.

4. Top SAT Scores

If your standardized test scores are not above the 95th percentile, you may want to reconsider retaking your SATs in college so get your scores above the 2100 mark, at the least.

5. Outstanding Transfer Application

Writing an outstanding Harvard transfer application essay could be the deciding factor between getting accepted or opening a small envelope from admissions. Make sure the essay is unique, thoughtful, and well-edited.

How To Transfer Successfully

Using this community college guide, you will learn how to become the top student at community college. This requires getting a 4.0 GPA, raising your SATs scores quickly, and writing an effective transfer application. This is the same plan used by other students who transferred from community college to Harvard, Cornell, Yale and other top universities. If you are willing to put in the time, you will have everything you need to get accepted into the very best universities, including Harvard.

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This post was written by Chad Agrawal

Chad Agrawal is the founder of CCTS, helping students transfer from community college to Ivy League, tier 1 or anywhere else by following this community college guide.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Srk October 29, 2012 at 5:04 am

Thanks for your great information, this post will be a really big help for students transferring to Harvard from community college.


Yani October 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm

What about participation in clubs and leadership roles? Is that critical for my application to an Ivy League University?


Chad Agrawal October 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Hey Yani,

Absolutely! That is definitely one of the major components of being a top student at community college and exploring your “passion for people.”

Getting involved on campus is a must. Great point!


Yani November 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Thanks for your advice.


Nzuzi March 22, 2013 at 10:16 am

Ah, I did not know we could improve SAT scores…something I will start planning now! 3 & 4 will be the toughest for me but I guess that where number 1 comes in. Thanks for writing this down!


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