Harvard Admission Requirements

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Harvard GPA and SAT Requirements

Admission Statistics

Women
Men
Total
Applied
20,212
20,036
40,248
Accepted
1,041
974
2,015
Acceptance Rate
5%
5%
5%
Enrolled
733
674
1,407
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)
70%
69%
70%

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Acceptance Rate 5%

How hard is it to get into Harvard and can I get accepted? The acceptance rate at Harvard is 5% ranking #1 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,015 out of 40,248 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.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent (SAT 1460/1580 ACT 33/35). Harvard University typically accepts and attracts “A” average high school students with an average GPA around 4.0. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. Of those applicants who were admitted, 70% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Harvard University is a prized outcome for many students.

Harvard SAT Score Percentiles

SAT Range

Applicants Submitting SAT

1460-1580

69%

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Harvard University typically prefers 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 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score (1600 scale)
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%

Harvard ACT Score Percentiles

ACT Range

Applicants Submitting ACT

33-35

47%

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 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance 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%

Harvard GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA

Typical High School Grades

4.0

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 4.0 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 4.0 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 4.0 GPA.

High School GPA
Freshmen Within Range
Competitiveness
4.0
75.76%
Reach
3.75 to 3.99
18.02%
Reach
3.50 to 3.74
4.0%
Reach
3.25 to 3.49
1.79%
Reach
3.00 to 3.24
0.32%
Reach
2.50 to 2.99
0.11%
Low
2.00 to 2.49
0%
Low
1.00 to 1.99
0%
Low
less than 1.00
0%
Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson’s Data 2021

High School Class Rank

94% of Harvard University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank
Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class
94%
Top 25% of class
98%
Top 50% of class
100%
Lower 50% of class
0%

Data Source, Peterson’s Data