Harvard University Campus, Cambridge, MA

Applying to Harvard University

Acceptance Rate 4.73%
Yield 81.67%
SAT Average 1,520
ACT Average 101
Applicants 42,749

Applying To Harvard University

For academic year 2018-19, the acceptance rate is 4.73% at Harvard University where total 42,749 students applied and 2,024 were accepted. Next table describes the general admission information for applying to Harvard University.

Open Admission Policy
Undergraduate Application Fees$75
Graduate Application Fees$105
Admission Informationcollege.harvard.edu/admissions
Online Applicationcollege.harvard.edu/admissions/application-process/application-requirements

Acceptance Rate, Yield, and Headcounts

For academic year 2018-2019, total 42,749 students (21,261 men and 21,488 women) applied to Harvard University and 2,024 (1,012 men and 1,012 women) students were admitted to the school. Among them, 835 men and 818 women were enrolled into Harvard University. Following table shows the Harvard University Admission Statistics including admission stats, acceptance rate, and yield, also known as enrolment rate, where the acceptance rate is 4.73% and yield is 81.67%.

Admission Statistics at Harvard University
Acceptance Rate 4.73% 4.76% 4.71%
Yield (Enrollment Rate) 81.67% 82.51% 80.83%
[Chart] Harvard University Acceptance Rate and Yield

Average SAT and ACT Scores

1,146 applicants (69% of enrolled) have submitted their SAT scores and 772 applicants (47%) have submitted their ACT scores for seeking degrees. For score submitters, SAT 75th percentile score is 1,580 and 25th percentile score is 1,460. For ACT scores, 75th percentile score is 106 and 25th percentile score is 98. Next table shows detail SAT and ACT scores distribution of enrolled students at Harvard University.

Average SAT and ACT Scores at Harvard University
25th Percentile75th Percentile
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing720780
SAT Math740800
ACT Composite3335
ACT Math3135
ACT English3436
[Chart] SAT Scores at Harvard University
[Chart] ACT Scores at Harvard University

Admission Requirements

Harvard University requires 3 articles and recommends 2 articles to submit to their applicants. Next table summarizes the application requirements at Harvard University

Application Requirements for Harvard University
High School GPA
High School Rank
High School Record (or Transcript)
Completion of College Preparatory Program
Formal Demonstration of Competencies
Admission Test Scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
Required △ Considered (not Required) ✓ Recommended ✗ Neither Required nor Recommended

Calendar System and Accepted Credits

The calendar system at Harvard University is Semester. Harvard University accepts Advanced placement (AP) Credits. Next table describes credits that Harvard University accepts.

Calendar SystemSemester
Dual Credits
Credits for Life Experiences
Advanced placement (AP) Credits