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Harvard College
Cambridge, MA
FRESHMAN ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Entrance Difficulty
Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.
High School Preparation
High School Graduation High school diploma or equivalent is not required
High School Program  
High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   4
Science   4
Foreign Language   4
Social Studies   3
History   2
Academic Electives    
 
Examinations
Exam   Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required March 6
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT
Subject Tests,
or ACT
   
SAT Subject
Tests Only
Required
SAT Essay Component Policy Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Writing component required
Use of SAT/ACT
Essay
SAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission
APPLYING FOR ADMISSION
Admissions Office
Address  
City, State, Zip Cambridge, MA  02138
Phone (617) 495-1551
Fax  
E-mail college@fas.harvard.edu
Early Admission
Early Decision Offered No
Early Decision Deadline  
Early Decision Notification  
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Action Deadline November 1
Early Action Notification Not reported
 
Application Dates and Fees
Regular Admission Deadline January 1
Application Fee $75
Application Fee Waiver Available
Regular Admission Notification April 1
Accept Offer of Admission May 1
Waiting List Used Yes
Defer Admission Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission Transfer applications accepted
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APPLYING FOR ADMISSION - continued
Application Form
Common Application Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application Accepted, supplemental forms required
Electronic Application Available
 
Other Application Requirements
Interview Required
Essay or Personal
Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of
Recommendation
2 recommended for all freshmen
Other  
Financial Need Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process
SELECTION OF STUDENTS
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record     X  
Academic GPA     X  
Standardized Tests     X  
Class Rank       X
Recommendations     X  
Essay     X  
Interview     X  
Level of Applicant's Interest       X
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Volunteer Work     X  
Particular Talent/Ability     X  
Character/Personal Qualities     X  
First Generation to Attend College     X  
State Residency       X
Geographic Residence     X  
Relation with Alumnus     X  
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment       X
Ethnicity     X  
Work Experience     X  
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PROFILE OF FALL ADMISSION
Admission Rates
Overall Admission Rate 5% of 39,041 applicants were admitted
   Women 5% of 19,232 applicants were admitted
   Men 5% of 19,809 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled 1,675 (79%) of 2,110 admitted students enrolled
   Women 801 (78%) of 1,022 admitted students enrolled
   Men 874 (80%) of 1,088 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision
Admission Rate
 
Early Action
Admission Rate
15% of 6167 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List  
Students Accepting Wait List Position  
Students Admitted From Wait List  
SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
SAT Math 720-800 range of middle 50%
  Score of 700 - 800 84%
  Score of 600 - 700 15%
  Score of 500 - 600 1%
  Score of 400 - 500 0%
  Score of 300 - 400 0%
  Score of 200 - 300 0%
SAT Critical Reading 710-800 range of middle 50%
  Score of 700 - 800 81%
  Score of 600 - 700 17%
  Score of 500 - 600 2%
  Score of 400 - 500 0%
  Score of 300 - 400 Not reported
  Score of 200 - 300 Not reported
SAT Writing 710-800 range of middle 50%
  Score of 700 - 800 81%
  Score of 600 - 700 17%
  Score of 500 - 600 2%
  Score of 400 - 500 0%
  Score of 300 - 400 0%
  Score of 200 - 300 0%
 
Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)
Average GPA 4.17 (based on weighted GPAs)
3.75 and Above 90%
3.50 - 3.74 7%
3.25 - 3.49 2%
3.00 - 3.24 1%
2.50 - 2.99  
2.00 - 2.49  
ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
ACT Composite 32-35 range of middle 50%
  Score of 30 - 36 93%
  Score of 24 - 29 7%
  Score of 18 - 23 0%
  Score of 12 - 17 0%
  Score of 6 - 11 0%
  Score of 5 or Below 0%
Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
High School Class Rank Top tenth: 95%
Top quarter: 99%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar Not reported
Valedictorian Not reported
Class President Not reported
Student Gov. Officer Not reported