Harvard Club of Naples Schools Committee
The HCN Schools Committee acts as a liaison between our local high schools and students and the Harvard College Admissions Office. We act as a resource for students who want more information about Harvard and try to encourage high achieving students to apply to Harvard. We interview all Collier County seniors applying to Harvard. Our reports to the Admissions Office are an important part of the applicants’ files. Interviewing these impressive students is rewarding, intellectually stimulating and a great way to stay in touch with the issues facing today’s youth as well as our community. We welcome graduates of the College, who are available in December and January, when most of our interviews are conducted, to assist the Schools Committee with interviews. In the spring we award the Harvard Book Prize to a deserving member of the junior class in each local high school. We also welcome HCN members’ help in presenting these books at the different award ceremonies. Please contact Committee Chair Patrick R. George '93 MBA '99 at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate in the HCN Schools Committee.
2017 - 2018 Schools Committee Report
Patrick George, Chair
Though there were no students admitted to Harvard College this past spring the number of local applicants was up to 38 this year, an increase of three over 2017. We only received four early applicants, which was about half of our usual draw. We thought that this might have had something to do with Hurricane Irma, and we were pleased when the number of regular applications came in strong.
Our average admit rate for the past five years has been 8.3%, well above Harvard’s overall average acceptance rate of 5.2%. We are pleased with this trend and hopeful that it will continue. We typically see a 50/50 split between girls and boys, and the same was true this season. We are starting to see a broader distribution of applicants across our local high schools. Historically, the vast majority of applicants from Collier County have come from only three high schools: Naples High, Barron Collier and Community School. Although those schools still represent the largest segment of our applicant pool, they no longer dominate. We see almost as many applications from Gulf Coast, Palmetto Ridge, and Lely. This does not surprise us given that over the past five years more kids have been admitted from these schools. This is a goal that we have been working towards for several years.
One of the best recruiting tools seems to be our Spring Reception for High Achieving Juniors, which we have held every year in early June for more than five years now. During the reception, we aim to provide insight to our local students on how to make their applications as strong as possible.
This year we augmented the Spring Reception with direct visits by members of the Schools Committee to high schools to discuss the application process with interested sophomores. Our hope is that by advising students earlier in their high school careers we can better help them optimize the time they have to assemble compelling stories for the Admissions Committee. We did a small test this year and expect to roll out to more schools in the coming year.