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If you had your heart set on transferring to Harvard, you're in for a bit of disappointment. Harvard announced that they're putting a moratorium on transfer students for the next two academic years.

The reason? A student housing shortage. Doesn't Harvard own pretty much all of Harvard Square? Many of you probably weren't reading this blog back in October, but I blogged about how Harvard let a space sit vacant for 7 years because they wanted to handpick their tenant (here). Way to not plan ahead guys.

That pretty much ruins it for most current students. Assuming you're a freshman right now, by the time the moratorium is up, it'll be your senior year. No one spends three years at a school they don't like and then transfers just for their senior year.

Click (here) for the Globe article.

PS. To my friend Eric who works at Harvard - I've decided to place all the blame on you for this one. Cheers!


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3 Response to "Harvard Lays Smack Down On Transfer Students"

  1. Seth Said,

    THIS IS SUCH A FIASCO AND SO UNFAIR TO US 2008'2009 TRANSFER APPLICANTS!!!!WE ALREADY APPLIED THE DEADLINE WAS FEBRUARY 15TH!!! NOW WE FIND OUT WE NEVER EVER HAD ANY CHANCE AT ALL!!!!!

    Posted on 3/22/08, 2:01 AM

     
  2. Seth Said,

    THE 2008-2009 APPLICANTS ALREADY APPLIED AND THIS IS SOO UNJUST WHAT A FIASCO!!!!!!!

    Posted on 3/22/08, 2:05 AM

     
  3. Holly Golightly Said,

    Today Harvard's Committee on Transfer Admissions announced:

    "Harvard College will be unable to enroll any transfer students for the next two academic years, 2008-2009 and 2009-2010. Following the most thorough examination of its residential housing in Harvard's history, the Dean of Harvard College, Professor David Pilbeam, has concluded that the Harvard Houses cannot successfully accommodate any new transfer students. Instead, the College has embarked on a planning process for substantial capital investment to renovate and revitalize its residential spaces."

    Sure this would have been OK were it to begin next semester, but its not. This means that the students hard work and long hours spent on their applications, essays, grades (which was due February 15, 2008) are all in vain. Why not offer off campus housing? This is Horrible. This is NOT RIGHT. Let these students applications be considered for admission. Harvard, a school with such a grand reputation should know that what they are doing is wrong beyond words.

    For all those transfer students who have applied I truly feel for you. Do not sit back, Take action, contact Harvard voice your opinion!!!!! Let's reverse this unjust decision.



    HARVARD COLLEGE (Transfer Admissions) Contact Details:
    Phone: 617-495-1551

    Dean of Harvard College: Dean David Pilbeam, 617-495-1560; pilbeam@fas.harvard.edu

    Associate Dean of Harvard College: Bob Doyle, 617-384-5980; rdoyle@fas.harvard.edu

    Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid: William R. Fitzsimmons, 617 495-1557

    Dean of Admissions for Harvard College: Marlyn McGrath Lewis, (617) 495-1551

    Posted on 3/22/08, 8:43 PM

     
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