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Can I get into Harvard? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 2,080 out of 37,307 applicants or 6% were admitted making Harvard an extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades. Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores. Harvard University typically accepts and attracts A average high school students. Of those applicants which were admitted, 80% chose to enroll. This indicates that admission to the school is highly desireable and it may be a primary choice for many students.
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||81%||79%||80%|
What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Harvard University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.
Admission data indicates that Harvard regularly accepts students with ACTs of 32 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. 39 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Harvard University.
Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1470 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1405. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1535 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 80 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|25th Percentile Score||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Est. Admission Chances|
|35 and Above||Good||>11%|
|33 to 35||Avg +||6%-11%|
|32 to 33||Avg -||4%-6%|
|31 to 32||Reach||3%-4%|
|Less than 31||Low||<3%|
|SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1535 to 1600||Avg +||6%-10%|
|1470 to 1535||Avg -||4%-6%|
|1405 to 1470||Reach||2%-4%|
|Less than 1405||Low||<2%|
You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Harvard University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Harvard University was 4.04 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A students are accepted and ultimately attend. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at Harvard extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 4.04 GPA..
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Admission Chances|
|3.50 to 3.75||9%||Reach|
|3.25 to 3.50||2%||Reach|
|3.00 to 3.25||1%||Reach|
|2.75 to 3.00||1%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.75||0%||Low|
|2.25 to 2.50||0%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||0%||Low|
The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2017.
What are the requirements for admission to Harvard University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Recommended|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?
|Credit for Life Experiences||No|
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=166027 IPEDS survey data for Harvard University.