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Welcome to the HKS community!

Applicants, check your email—admission decisions and financial aid awards have been released!

You should have received an email with the subject line “Harvard Kennedy School Application Status Update.” Log into your applicant status page using the credentials you used to submit your application and click “View Update” to view your decision.

It’s possible that you will be:

  • Admitted
  • Waitlisted
  • Denied admission

Admitted students, congratulations!

This accomplishment is a reflection of your achievements and a recognition of your promise to effect great change in this world. Now more than ever, we need leaders with your talent and passion, and we are eager to help you continue to build the skills and knowledge to make an impact.

You join a class of admitted students who are global, diverse, and committed to serving the public interest. Admitted students:

  • Hold citizenship in 93 different countries and territories
  • Currently live in 39 U.S. states plus Washington D.C.
  • Speak 63 native languages
  • Work across sectors—40% of admitted students most recently worked in the public sector, 30% in the private sector, and 21% in non-profits and NGOs (9% other/undisclosed)
  • Hold degrees from 450+ different undergraduate institutions

Admitted applicants will have access to a New Admit Portal containing a variety of important information, including:

  • Instructions for viewing financial aid information in MYFAID, our financial aid portal, along with general information about financing your degree
  • Financial certification and visa application information for international students
  • Details about virtual and in-person events—including New Admit Day—that that will enable to you engage with the HKS community over the coming weeks

Waitlisted and denied applicants

We understand that not everyone will be celebrating the news they receive today.

If you were waitlisted, you will be updated about your decision at a later time. The Admissions Committee will make offers to candidates on the waitlist only if a sufficient number of those offered admission decline our offer. Unfortunately, it’s impossible for us to predict how many (if any) places in the incoming class will become available. We hope that you will consider waiting to hear from us; however, we do not recommend that you turn down other offers that are attractive to you.

If you were denied admission, unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback regarding your application. Please know that your contributions to public service are still important and valued. You are welcome to reapply for admission in a future year.

Regardless of where you end up on your academic journey or in your career, we are grateful for your interest in HKS and your pursuit to make the world more safe, free, just, and sustainably prosperous.

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