Harvard Admission Chances

Acceptance Chances

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

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. 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.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Harvard University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 740
SAT Math 25th 730
SAT Composite 25th 1470
SAT Scores for Harvard University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 800
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1600
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Harvard University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1600 Good >10%
1535 to 1600 Avg + 6%-10%
1470 to 1535 Avg - 4%-6%
1405 to 1470 Reach 2%-4%
Less than 1405 Low <2%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Harvard University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 33
ACT Math 25th 31
ACT Composite 25th 32
ACT Scores for Harvard University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
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 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Harvard University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness 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%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Harvard University has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

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Admission Statistics

Harvard University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 17,801 19,506 37,307
Accepted 999 1,081 2,080
Acceptance Rate 6% 6% 6%
Enrolled 808 852 1,660
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 81% 79% 80%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Harvard University and what considerations affect 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

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

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