Tryout Information

Tryouts for the Harvard Cheerleading Team take place in September during the first week of classes (shopping period).

Tryouts for the 2013-2014 Crimson Cheerleading Team are at 6pm on Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at Gordon Indoor Track.

Gentlemen: Please SHAVE before attending tryouts. It is required and expected from those who are selected for the program to not grow facial hair (or keep it extremely groomed) during the course of the year.

Ladies: Please look “game ready” at tryouts. This includes a clean, collegiate appearance with appropriate make-up and hair neatly pulled away from the face with a bow. No jewelry or chewing gum. Finger nails should be cut to an appropriate length.

All candidates should wear appropriate Harvard apparel including T-shirt or tank, cheer shorts or skirts (guys should wear gym shorts) and sneakers to tryouts. No blue jeans and no jazz pants for ladies.

If you have any questions about tryouts, please email


Does the squad award scholarships?

No Ivy League college awards any kind of athletic or merit scholarships. Not even the football players receive scholarships. But don't stop reading yet. Harvard has probably the best need-based financial aid system in the country. If you need to receive financial aid in order to come here, then you will get it! Don't be afraid to apply because of the cost, because there is help, both at Harvard, and in outside scholarships that you can find nationally or in your community. If you have any questions, check out the Financial Aid Office.

What grades and extracurriculars do you need to get into Harvard?

We can't say that for sure, as there is no absolute formula (and we aren't admissions officers anyway). Generally, the admissions officers look for students who have done very well in their school's most challenging classes, who have good standardized test scores, and who have become involved in some way in their school and community. You don't necessarily need straight A's or a perfect score on the SAT (though they don't hurt of course), and you don't have to have discovered the cure for cancer. Most Harvard students aren't geniuses, but they are very hard workers. Check out the Admissions Office for more info and contact them with any questions about applying or to request an application.

We're sorry, but apart from talking to prospective cheerleaders and answering questions about what it's like to go here, we really have no "recruiting" power. We want to help you, but we have no extra pull in the admissions office whatsoever. If you want to come to Harvard, just do everything you can to do well in school and your activities! That's the best advice we can give you!

Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions about tryouts or what it's like to cheer at Harvard!


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