Harvard Offer for Jodie

All Christmases have come at once for 2021 A.B. Paterson College Captain, Jodie Down who has just received a ‘dream-come-true’ offer to study at the prestigious Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts!

Jodie will travel to the U.S. in August 2022 and spend the next four years living on campus, before graduating in May of 2026.

Even more remarkably, “I received the offer under their early decision cycle,” Jodie said.

In 2021, Harvard University received more than 57,000 applications in total, with a 3.4% acceptance rate (less than 2,000 offers). However, only around 600 people will typically receive an offer in the early decision cycle, as Jodie has, from 10,000 applicants. More offers will be made in April.

“As Harvard is my dream school, I have decided not to apply to any other U.S. universities under their regular decision cycles. I am thinking of majoring in either Economics or Government.”

Jodie had already received an early offer of a full scholarship ($165,000) from St. Andrews College at Sydney University to study Law, and a scholarship offer from University of Queensland to study Law and Humanities, but has decided to take up the Ivy League offer. (Harvard University only offers Law to post-graduate students).

The Harvard offer follows Jodie’s exceptional ATAR (external examination) results where she received 100% in English and Literature Extension. Jodie’s results contributed to an outstanding year for academic results at A.B. Paterson College. A full breakdown of ATAR results from the College can be found at A.B. Paterson College | ATAR Results (abpat.qld.edu.au)

“I could not be more grateful to everyone in our A.B. Paterson College community who has supported me to help this dream come true,” said Jodie. “I hope to do my College and Gold Coast community proud as I continue my academic journey at Harvard.”

Watch Jodie and Principal Joanne Sheehy on Nine Gold Coast News here!