Who Gets Into Harvard and Why

Jason Lam
2 min readJun 10, 2021

The least inspiring majors (and thereby students) I consistently encounter as a college admissions consultant are the ones who want to major in Business and Economics majors. It’s a default for students who have no deep interests or genuine curiosities about the world that they’re willing to take action upon.

Just FYI (for your information), here are all the other majors at Harvard since Harvard as a college is one of the most coveted of all institutions. If you really wanted to gain admission into Harvard, I would look through this list (link here to the original source) and pick something that isn’t STEM related.

Arts & Humanities

Art, Film, and Visual Studies
Comparative Literature
East Asian Studies
Folklore and Mythology
Germanic Languages and Literatures
History and Literature
History of Art and Architecture
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Religion, Comparative Study of
Romance Languages and Literatures
Slavic Languages and Literatures
South Asian Studies
Theater, Dance, and Media

Engineering and Applied Sciences

Note: not recommended because you probably won’t be competitive enough.
Applied Mathematics
Biomedical Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Sciences
Environmental Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering


Note: not recommended because you probably won’t be competitive enough.
Chemical and Physical Biology
Chemistry and Physics
Earth and Planetary Sciences
Environmental Science and Public Policy
Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology
Human Evolutionary Biology
Integrative Biology
Molecular and Cellular Biology

Social Sciences

African and African American Studies
History and Science
Social Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Studies of

Of all the students who would love to gain admission into Harvard or a school like it, they have probably never even looked at the majors available there.

Just be more interesting and accomplished than the basic applicant, which is to say take interest in a major truly for the field of study and not because you believe it will guarantee you job security of any kind. That sort of shallow self-interest will not only hurt you in your college admissions chances but also just your personal development overall.