Welcome to the Harvard Club of the UK’s website for UK students, parents, and schools!

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Anne De Luca, Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid Recruitment

This site was created to help you find out all you can about the US university admissions process in general, and more specifically about the admissions process and financial aid at Harvard. We want to answer your questions and to give you a flavour of what it is like to go to university in the US, how it might differ from the UK, and whether the US system is right for you. Throughout this site we have highlighted American concepts, words and expressions, to make it easier to navigate US colleges’ websites.

If you already have the background information and are ready to begin the application process, click here.

The US university system is different in many respects from the British system, but uni education is all about living in a student community and enjoying the experience of learning, especially from one another. On our website you will find pages about students and by students, and we hope to add more video clips, blogs, and commentary from current and past students.

Since the American school system is geared to the state sector, US unis commonly choose most of their students from an applicant pool that is both diverse and capable. Harvard’s policy has always been to find the most talented students and then offer funding packages according to need, not merit. The available grants at Harvard (known as Financial Aid) are possibly the most generous in the US, so don’t be dismayed by the “sticker price” of a Harvard education – go to our Financial Aid page and see for yourself what the grants look like!

We hope that this website will answer your questions and more…


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Sixty percent of Harvard students receive needs-based bursaries. A Harvard education is more affordable than an English university for most UK families.


If you’ve done all your research and are ready to apply, go for it! Find tips for completing the Common or Universal Application under “Applying from the UK.”

Are you interested in applying to American universities?​

If you are thinking of applying to American universities for undergraduate study in the next two years, sign up for our helpful e-newsletter which will guide you through each stage of the application process, and will arrive in your email box around the middle of each month. The last 12 months' newsletters are available under “Applying from the UK.”

Why Harvard?

In recent years UK students have shown growing interest in studying at Harvard. Typically 25-35 students are admitted to Harvard from the UK each year, from diverse schools and from all over the country.

Harvard College is located along the Charles River opposite Boston, and the main campus is spread over about 220 acres. The residential areas are near the centre of campus, along the river and on the central quad. There are over 400 buildings associated with the university, linked by an efficient shuttle bus system.