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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 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 39,506 applicants were admitted
   Women5% of 19,724 applicants were admitted
   Men5% of 19,782 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled1,700 (83%) of 2,037 admitted students enrolled
   Women844 (84%) of 1,004 admitted students enrolled
   Men856 (83%) of 1,033 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate 
Early Action Admission Rate14% of 6472 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 GPA4.18
3.75 and Above93%
3.50 - 3.745%
3.25 - 3.492%
3.00 - 3.24 
2.50 - 2.99 
2.00 - 2.49 
SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
SAT Math760 average
730-800 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
88%
Score of 600 - 700
12%
Score of 500 - 600
1%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT Critical Reading760 average
730-790 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
87%
Score of 600 - 700
11%
Score of 500 - 600
1%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT WritingNot reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
ACT Composite34 average
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 RankTop tenth: 95%
Top quarter: 99%
Top half: 100%
National Merit ScholarNot reported
ValedictorianNot reported
Class PresidentNot reported
Student Government OfficerNot reported
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CLASS OF 2022 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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  GPA SAT ACT
UW W M ERW  
Average 3.85 4.33 726 708 32
Low 2.30 2.10 400 360 18
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 36
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