Getting into Harvard

What are top universities like Harvard looking for – and not looking for?

Getting into Harvard - Nov 30, 2011

On November 30th, Senior students and parents were invited to attend a talk with YHS parents and interviewers for Harvard College, Shamir Alibhai and Lynnette Ng.

Both Shamir and Lynnette have completed degrees at Harvard. During the talk, they spoke about what universities like Harvard are looking for from applicants and dispelled some of the myths about the admissions process.

Lynette Ng earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia, in Economics in 1995. She graduated with a first class standing, was on the Dean’s Honour List, and received several scholarships for academic achievement, including the Hector Gordon Munro Scholarship in Economics. Lynette Ng graduated with a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 2000. While attending Harvard’s MBA programme, Lynette was an active member of the Women’s Association and the Investment, Canadian and Social Enterprise Clubs, and a recipient of an HBS Nonprofit and Public Management Summer Fellowship. Lynette interviews applicants to Harvard College for its Office of Admissions. Currently, she actively participates in her family’s real estate and equity investment portfolio. Lynette has a daughter in Grade 1 at York House.

Shamir B. Alibhai graduated from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario with a Honours Degree in Business Administration. Shamir is Senior Vice President, Finance, Investments & Operations, for Larco Investments Lt. He has a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University. Shamir B. Alibhai serves as the Chair, Scholarship and Admissions, B.C., Harvard University. In this capacity, Shamir liaisons with Admission on all applications from B.C., assigns interviews and communicates with the schools in the province regarding Harvard admissions. Shamir and his wife Sophia live in Vancouver and have three children. His daughters attend the Little School.

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