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SAT scores needed to get into Harvard University

Average Score and SAT Requirements

Average SAT Score 1535

The average composite SAT score for admitted Harvard University freshman is 1535 out of 1600. Harvard students have the 8th highest average SAT score in the United States. For perspective, a 1535 is in the 99th percentile of all SAT test takers.

SAT Score Range 1490 to 1580

The middle fifty percent of incoming students have SAT composite scores ranging from 1490 to 1580. The 75th percentile score is 1580 while the 25th percentile score is 1490.

Minimum SAT score requirement

The lowest SAT score accepted is not reported by Harvard but we estimate it to be around a 1440 total composite SAT score.

Average SAT Math Score 780

The average score for Harvard students on the math portion of the SAT is 780 out of 800. The 25th percentile of students score a 760 and the 75th percentile score 800.

Average SAT Reading Score 755

The 25th and 75th percentile range for SAT reading scores range from 730 to 780 and the average score for Harvard University students is 755.

Number of Students Submitting SAT Scores

55 percent of students submit SAT scores with their application to Harvard University

Admission Chances by SAT Score

Below are estimated chances of being accepted at Harvard University based on SAT score ranges and the overall admission rate of 3.2%. These chances assume you have an average GPA for the school, around 4.0.

Can I get into Harvard with a 1580 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Very Good

An SAT score of 1580 or higher is very competitive at Harvard and is a better score than three quarters of students who are accepted. While having an above average chance of acceptance, admission is extremely competitive. The estimated chance of being accepted is around 6% or higher.

Can I get into Harvard with a 1540 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Above Average

Scores between 1540 to 1570 are above average giving you an advantage over most applicants. While scores in this range are higher than many who apply, admission is extremely competitive. The estimated chance of being accepted is around 3% to 5%.

Can I get into Harvard with a 1490 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Below Average

SAT scores between 1490 to 1530 are still in the middle range of accepted students a but a little lower than the average. You can get in and have about a 2% to 3% percent chance of being admitted.

Can I get into Harvard with a 1440 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Reach

SAT scores from 1440 to 1480 are on the very low end of the range where students are accepted. Scores in this range are not competitive with most other applicants but you still have a chance. We estimate scores in this range have less than a 1% chance of admission to Harvard. SAT scores below 1440 likely fall out of the range where students are regularly accepted.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class
Admission chances to Harvard University by SAT score
SAT Score Admission Chances
1600 7%
1590 6%
1580 6%
1570 5%
1560 4%
1550 4%
1540 3%
1530 3%
1520 2%
1510 2%
1500 2%
1490 2%
1480 1%
1470 1%
1460 1%
1450 1%
1440 1%
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=166027 IPEDS survey data for Harvard University.