TRYOUTS/FAQ

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

Tryouts for the 2019-2020 season have already occurred. Please come back in August if you are interested in trying out for the 2020-2021season!

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Tryouts are open to students who will be enrolled full-time at Harvard University for the 2019-2020 academic year. Try-outs will consist of jumps, cheers/chants, dances, stunting, and tumbling. All experience levels welcome! We will teach you everything you need to know at try-outs! Be sure to come in appropriate cheer attire (shorts, t-shirt, athletic shoes, hair tied back if applicable).

 

If you have any questions about tryouts, please email cheer@hcs.harvard.edu. 

Tryout Information

 

Still have questions? Contact us!

 

What skills are required to tryout?

We don't require any specific skills to tryout, but cheerleading or gymnastics experience is encouraged. In the past, we have taken both people who have cheered their whole lives and beginners!

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.

Do you recruit prospective members like other athletics teams?

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. 

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.

 

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!

What sports do you cheer for?

We cheer at all home football games and occasionally travel to away games as well. We always travel to cheer the Harvard-Yale game! In the spring semester, we cheer at all home basketball games, and travel with both teams to the Ivy League Tournament and the NCAA tournament if they make it. We also compete at NCA Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida in the beginning of April!

What is the time commitment like? 

We generally practice 3 times a week for around 2-2.5 hours each time, and also ask our members to fit in conditioning on their own time. Football games in the fall last around 4 hours, and we cheer two basketball games a weekend in the spring, and each one lasts around 2 hours. In addition, we return from winter break one week early to practice, and also practice over spring break. 

That being said, many of our members find time to balance schoolwork, cheer, and other extra-curriculars as well! We have members participating in a wide variety of other groups on campus including cultural groups, intramural sports, community service groups, and student government. We expect cheerleading to be your number one non-academic commitment, but otherwise we encourage our members to join other groups as well.

How much does it cost to be on the team?

Generally, we ask that each of our members pay a personal contribution  of $250 per semester to help cover the costs of uniforms, Nationals, travel, and other fees. However, we do not expect you to pay this amount out of pocket! We will provide plenty of personal fundraising ideas and opportunities to raise this cost, as well as help direct you to many quick and easy ways to earn money on campus if needed! 

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