Harvard University

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Harvard University can be found in Cambridge, MA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. The students enrolled at Harvard University number around twenty nine thousand each year, and is one of the biggest universities in the state.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores between 2120 (25th percentile) - 2400 (75th percentile) on the SAT and in the range of 32 (25th percentile) - 35 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is usually submitted among applicants accepted to this school. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Harvard University average GPA ranges from 3.90 to 4 for accepted students. Only 6% of applicants are accepted to this school due to the large number of applicants and the increase competition for enrollment. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected Harvard University acceptance rate 2015 is estimated to be 6%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at admissions.college.harvard.edu.

Overall Harvard University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Harvard University was reported as 5.8% in Fall 2013 with over 35,000 college applications submitted to Harvard University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SAT Scores: 2120 - 2400
  • ACT Scores: 32 - 35
  • Average GPA: 3.90 - 4

How Hard Is It to Get into Harvard University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Harvard University is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2020 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2020-2021 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Harvard University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 7.2%
  • 2010-2011: 7.2%
  • 2011-2012: 6.3%
  • 2012-2013: 5.8%
  • 2013-2014: 5.8%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2020-2021: 6.2%

How Does Harvard University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Harvard University is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Massachusetts Institute of Technology8.2%
Boston University45.6%
Tufts University18.9%
Northeastern University32.3%
Boston College32.2%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Harvard University (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading700 - 800
Math710 - 800
Writing710 - 800
Total Score2120 - 2400
ACT®Score Range
English33 - 35
Math31 - 35
Composite Score32 - 35
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