Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138

Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Harvard University is one of the most selective institutions in its admission process in the U.S. In Fall 2016, it received 39,041 applications and only 2,110 students were granted admission. Harvard University is at the #3 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 43% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 73% submitted SAT scores.

Fall 2016 Admitted Students ACT Scores

Out of the total 1,663 enrollees 707 students submitted ACT score. Below is the score ranges of the submitted test scores.

25% 75%
English 33 35
Math 31 35
Composite 32 35

Fall 2016 Admitted Students SAT Scores

Out of the total 1,663 enrollees 1220 students submitted SAT score. Below is the score ranges of the submitted test scores.

25% 75%
Critical Reading 710 800
Math 720 800
Combined (Math + Reading) 1430 1600

Admission Requirements and Recommendations

Harvard University uses the following list of admission requirements and recommended documents when evaluating students applications. All documents listed under the "Required" sections must be submitted with your application but those listed under the "Recommended" section are optional.

Please double check with the school to verify the current and complete admission requirements.


  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank

Neither required nor recommended

  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Fall 2016 Applicants Statistics

The following table details the number of students who applied, admitted and erolled in Harvard University, in Fall 2016.
Men Women Total National Avg.
Applicants 19,809 19,232 39,041
Admitted students 1,088 1,022 2,110
Enrolled students 868 795 1,663
Acceptance rate 5.5% 5.3% 5.4% 64%
Yield 79.8% 77.8% 78.8% 35%

Accepted Credits

The following table outlines which college prepartory work and life expreaince will earn you credits at Harvard University.

Advanced placement (AP) credits
Not Accepted
Dual credit (college credit earned while in high school)
Not Accepted
Credit for life experiences

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Harvard University.

Lesley University
0.3 mile away
Cambridge College
0.5 mile away
Boston University
2 mile away
Wheelock College
2.3 mile away
Tufts University
2.3 mile away