Videos included in the video bar are selected by YouTube based on a simple search using the college name and state. The videos are not selected by COLLEGEdata.
If you like this college, check out its overlaps. Overlaps are the top six colleges that students interested in this college also include most often in their Admissions Profiles on COLLEGEdata.
If you like this college, check out the video tours of its overlaps. Overlaps are the top six colleges that students interested in this college also include most often in their Admissions Profiles on COLLEGEdata.
Admissions Tracker Results for this college class only include "new SAT" scores. Your scores are not displaying because your Admissions Profile appears to contain "old SAT" scores. If you took the "new SAT", please update your scores in your Profile. Once you update your Profile, your scores will display here. Update your SAT scores.

COLLEGE PROFILE

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 GraduationHigh school diploma or equivalent is not required
High School Program 
High School Units Required or Recommended
SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English  4
Mathematics  4
Science  4
Foreign Language  4
Social Studies  3
History  2
Academic Electives  
Examinations
ExamScores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACTRequiredMarch 6
SAT Only  
ACT Only  
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT  
SAT Subject Tests OnlyRequired
SAT Essay Component Policy Not reported
ACT Writing Test PolicyWriting component required
Use of SAT/ACT EssaySAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission

APPLYING FOR ADMISSION

Admissions Office
Address 
City, State, ZipCambridge, MA  02138
Phone(617) 495-1551
Fax 
E-mailcollege@fas.harvard.edu
Application Dates and Fees
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 1
Application Fee$75
Application Fee WaiverAvailable
Regular Admission NotificationApril 1
Accept Offer of AdmissionMay 1
Waiting List UsedYes
Defer AdmissionStudent can defer admission
Transfer AdmissionTransfer applications accepted
Early Admission
Early Decision OfferedNo
Early Decision Deadline 
Early Decision Notification 
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Action DeadlineNovember 1
Early Action NotificationNot reported
Application Form
Common ApplicationAccepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College ApplicationAccepted, supplemental forms required
Electronic Application Available
Other Application Requirements
InterviewRequired
Essay or Personal
Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of
Recommendation
2 recommended for all freshmen
Other 
Financial NeedFinancial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

SELECTION OF STUDENTS

FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Rigor of Secondary School RecordX
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Class RankX
RecommendationsX
EssayX
InterviewX
Level of Applicant's InterestX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Volunteer WorkX
Particular
Talent/Ability
X
Character/Personal QualitiesX
First Generation to Attend CollegeX
State ResidencyX
Geographic ResidenceX
Relation with AlumnusX
Religious Affiliation/ CommitmentX
EthnicityX
Work ExperienceX

PROFILE OF FALL ADMISSION

Overall Admission Rate5% of 39,041 applicants were admitted
   Women5% of 19,232 applicants were admitted
   Men5% of 19,809 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled1,675 (79%) of 2,110 admitted students enrolled
   Women801 (78%) of 1,022 admitted students enrolled
   Men874 (80%) of 1,088 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate 
Early Action Admission Rate15% of 6167 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List 
Students Accepting Wait List Position 
Students Admitted From Wait List 
Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)
Average GPA4.17 (based on weighted GPAs)
3.75 and Above90%
3.50 - 3.747%
3.25 - 3.492%
3.00 - 3.241%
2.50 - 2.99 
2.00 - 2.49 
SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
SAT Math720-800 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 Reading710-800 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 Writing710-800 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%
ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
ACT Composite32-35 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 RankTop tenth: 95%
Top quarter: 99%
Top half: 100%
National Merit ScholarNot reported
ValedictorianNot reported
Class PresidentNot reported
Student Government OfficerNot reported
College Chances

Will You Get In? Find Out.

Estimate your chances at Harvard College and see how to improve your odds.

College Admissions Tracker

See who got in, who didn't & who's applying now. See the qualifications and admissions decisions of real students who applied to Harvard College.

CLASS OF 2022 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
Interested in This College
  GPA SAT ACT
UW W M ERW  
Average 3.84 4.31 718 705 32
Low 2.30 2.10 400 360 18
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 36
YOU ? ? ? ? ?
College Net Price Calculator

What will it REALLY cost you to attend Harvard College ? Get personalized results based on your financial situation.

A portion of the College Profile data is provided under license by:
Annual Survey of Colleges 2016, copyright © 2016 The College Board. All rights reserved.
Peterson's Undergraduate and Undergraduate Financial Aid Databases,
copyright © 2017 Peterson's, a Nelnet company. All rights reserved.

Shaquilla

Shaquilla Class of 2016

I felt incredibly anxious because I was competing against thousands of students...

Read Story

Catlin

Catlin Class of 2010

I didn't have to dress myself up to get admitted. In my...

Read Story
Videos 
Loading...
For Students Age 18 and Older

Have you received a Personal Invitation to apply for a Student Credit card?

Learn how to qualify for a Personal Invitation to apply for a Student Credit Card


1st Financial Bank believes students who pick colleges wisely will also want to learn how to use credit cards wisely.

College MatchFind the right colleges for you!
College ChancesWill you get in? Find out!
Admissions TrackerSee who got in where, who's applying & how you compare!
Financial Aid TrackerSee who's getting financial aid, how much & how you stack up.
Scholarship FinderFind money for college!
EFC CalculatorCalculate your Expected Family Contribution.
College Net Price CalculatorSee your true out-of-pocket cost to attend any college.
Compare Financial Aid AwardsFind out which college is offering you the best deal.
Dates &
Deadlines
My Data Locker

You must be logged in to view your Data Locker Dashboard

Log in to see all of your saved colleges, scholarships, articles, profiles and searches in one place. Access your Dashboard from any page.