Harvard University Extension Schoolnoffers something for everyone

By Yona Viuzza

Palm Beach Gardens Campus Editor

the end of the second year in community college, typical sophomore students
consider many options for transferring to a four-year institution. Some
students shoot for Ivy League schools while others stay in their home
communities and attend state universities.

There is another option with the Harvard University Extension School. This
institution is one of the 13 schools of Harvard University and is accredited by
the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Harvard
Extension School was founded in 1910 by former President Abbott Lawrence
Lowell. The primary purpose of the school is to “extend” Harvard education to
public and is aimed to serve educational needs of both traditional and
non-traditional students.

Unlike other extension and continuing education programs,
Harvard University Extension School is intended to be an equivalent program in
terms of strength, rigor and difficulty that Harvard College offers its
students. The Extension School is Harvard’s main resource for continuing
education. In addition, successful Extension School students who maintain a 3.5
GPA have an opportunity to obtain a so-called special student status. If
granted, special student status allows a student to take classes at Harvard
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

According to the Extension School’s web page, “Extension
School courses are approved each year by Harvard’s faculty of arts and sciences
and count toward the Harvard degrees of Associate in Arts in Extension Studies,
Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies, and Master of Liberal Arts in
Extension Studies.”

Unlike Harvard undergraduate program, Extension School admission requirements do not
include SAT scores and/or perfect grades. The school has an open enrollment
policy however, degree program candidates must satisfactorily complete three
4-credit preadmission courses, have a cumulative B-average or higher in Harvard
courses, and apply for admission. In order to earn
the bachelor’s degree, student should complete 128 credits, with 32 credit of
those credits completed exclusively at the Extension School. Students must also
maintain GPA.

“Our programs are geared toward working professionals who have
the intellectual curiosity, drive, and persistence to integrate an intensive
study schedule into their already busy lives,” states Margaret C. Andrews,
Associate Dean for management programs, on the Extension School’s web page at www.extension.harvard.edu.

One of the major advantages with the Extension School is that
college students have the option of studying online and/or on-campus during the
evening hours. Classes are taught by Harvard University professors or faculty
members.