Applying to Harvard

Admission Scoreboard
Acceptance Rate 5.01%
Yield 69.83%
SAT Score 1,520
ACT Score 34
Applicants 40,248

Applying To Harvard

For the academic year 2020-21, the acceptance rate is 5.01% at Harvard University where a total of 40,248 students applied and 2,015 were accepted. The average SAT score of enrolled students is 1,520 and the average ACT score is 34. It requires three items and recommends 2 articles to submit to their applicants.
The following table describes the general admission information for applying to Harvard.
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 Rate5%
Average Test Scores1,520 SAT / 34 ACT
Credits AcceptedAdvanced placement (AP) Credits

Acceptance Rate, Yield, and Headcounts

For the academic year 2020-2021, the acceptance rate is 5.01% where a total of 40,248 students (20,036 men and 20,212 women) have applied to Harvard and 2,015 (974 men and 1,041 women) students have been admitted to the school.
Among them, 674 male and 733 female students have enrolled into Harvard and its yield, also known as enrollment rate is 69.83%. The following table shows the admission statistics including admission stats, acceptance rate, and yield.
Admission Statistics at Harvard
Acceptance Rate 5.01% 4.86% 5.15%
Yield (Enrollment Rate) 69.83% 69.20% 70.41%
[Chart] Acceptance Rate and Yield

Average SAT and ACT Scores

At Harvard, 1,007 applicants (72% of enrolled) have submitted their SAT scores and 634 applicants (45%) have submitted their ACT scores for seeking degrees.
The average SAT score of those who submitted scores is 1,520 and the average ACT score is 34 at Harvard. SAT 75th percentile score is 1,580 and 25th percentile score is 1,460. For ACT scores, the 75th percentile score is 106 and the 25th percentile score is 99. The following table shows the detailed SAT and ACT scores distribution of enrolled students at Harvard.
Average SAT and ACT Scores at Harvard
25th Percentile75th Percentile
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing720780
SAT Math740800
ACT Composite3335
ACT Math3135
ACT English3536
[Chart] SAT Scores by Subject
[Chart] ACT Scores by Subject

Admission Requirements

Harvard University requires 3 item(s) (High School Record (or Transcript), Recommendations, Admission Test Scores) and recommends 2 articles (High School GPA, High School Rank) to submit to their applicants.
Application Requirements for Harvard
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
Credit for military training