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Harvard Admission Requirements

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Chances of getting into Harvard University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
4.7%
Admission Difficulty for Harvard University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme

How hard is it to get into Harvard and can I get accepted? The school has a 5% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,024 out of 42,749 applicants 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, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent. Harvard University typically accepts and attracts "A" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 82% chose to enroll. This indicates that admission to the school is highly desirable and it may be a primary choice for many students. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Harvard SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1460-1580
Applicants Submitting SAT
69%
SAT Scores for Harvard University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 720
SAT Math 25th 740
SAT Composite 25th 1460
SAT Scores for Harvard University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 780
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1580
Average SAT Score 1520

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Harvard University?

Harvard University typically requires applicants to be in the top 2 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1460 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 1400. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1520 out of 1600. The school ranks #2 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 69 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Harvard University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1580 and Above Good >8%
1520 to 1580 Avg + 5%-8%
1460 to 1520 Avg - 3%-5%
1400 to 1460 Reach 2%-3%
Less than 1400 Low <2%
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Harvard ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
33-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT
47%
ACT Scores for Harvard University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 34
ACT Math 25th 31
ACT Composite 25th 33
ACT Scores for Harvard University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 34

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Harvard?

Admission data indicates that Harvard regularly accepts students with ACT's of 33 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 2 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 32 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. The school ranks #2 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 47 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Harvard University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Harvard University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >8%
34 to 35 Avg + 5%-8%
33 to 34 Avg - 3%-5%
32 to 33 Reach 2%-3%
Less than 32 Low <2%
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Harvard GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
4.04
Typical High School Grades
A

What GPA do you need to get into Harvard University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Harvard. 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. The school ranks #1 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at Harvard extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 4.04 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 4.04 GPA.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Harvard University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 87% Good
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 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

High School Class Rank

95% of Harvard University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Harvard University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 95%
Top 25% of class 99%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Harvard University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 21,488 21,261 42,749
Accepted 1,012 1,012 2,024
Acceptance Rate 5% 5% 5%
Enrolled 818 835 1,653
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 81% 83% 82%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Harvard University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Harvard University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Harvard University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
M
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

N
Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

O
Olin College of Engineering

Needham, Massachusetts

B
Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

W
Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts

D
Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire

Y
Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=166027 IPEDS survey data for Harvard University.

FAQs

Does Harvard University prefer SAT or ACT?

69% of students submit their SAT scores to Harvard. 47% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Harvard University?

5% of those who apply are granted admission to Harvard. Admission competition is extreme and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Harvard University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1460 and 1580. 69% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Harvard University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 33 and 35. 47% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.


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