“The reasons that I have for wanting to go to Harvard are several,” he wrote. “I feel that Harvard can give me a better background and a better liberal education than any other university. I have always wanted to go there, as I have felt that it is not just another college, but is a university with something definite to offer. Then to[?], I would like to go to the same college as my father. To be a ‘Harvard man’ is an enviable distinction, and one that I sincerely hope I shall attain.”
Not particularly impressive.
For further less-than-inspirational tidbits, read the rest of JFK’s Harvard application materials here. (And check out what his dad and principal had to say.)