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Colleges / Harvard University

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate5%
Acceptance Rate5%

About Harvard

Harvard University is a prestigious Ivy League university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard is ranked as one of the top universities in the world and is known for its rigorous academics, world-class faculty, and research opportunities. 

Harvard’s programs are known for providing distinct experiences and opportunities like the Harvard College Research Program, Harvard College Theater, Dance & Media Program, the Harvard College Currier House Film Studio, and the Institute of Politics. Some of the most competitive majors at Harvard include computer science, economics, applied mathematics, chemistry, physics, and neurobiology. 

The campus atmosphere at Harvard is intellectually stimulating and socially tight knit. Finding your place at Harvard is an important part of the student experience. Harvard operates on a house system, grouping undergrads into small groups through which they will have events, activities, and other activities. Additionally, following your interests will lead you to additional social opportunities such as study groups, mentorships, and clubs. 

Harvard has a strong athletic culture on campus, and students are full of school spirit. Harvard is a member of the Ivy League conference and competes at the NCAA Division I level. The most competitive sports at Harvard include football, basketball, soccer, ice hockey, rowing, lacrosse, and track & field. Harvard has several state-of-the-art facilities and arenas on campus including the Harvard Stadium which is the oldest collegiate football stadium in the country. 

Did You Know?

Harvard’s library system holds several records including being the oldest library system in the US, the largest university library in the US, and the largest private library in the world. Widener library holds over 19 million volumes, has 57 miles of shelf space, and is the main research library on campus. 

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Harvard University is a private, nonprofit school in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard was founded in 1636. The college currently enrolls around 19,646 students a year, including 5,222 undergraduate students.

Harvard Acceptance Rate 2022

It is extremely difficult to get into Harvard. Around 5% of applicants get into Harvard each year. In 2022, 40,248 students applied to Harvard and 2,015 were admitted.

Harvard University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 5%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate 14%
Average GPA 4.0
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 14%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 72%

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Visit Harvard University

Harvard University is locatedin the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, in Boston.

If you want to see Harvard for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 90 to Cambridge, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Logan International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Harvard University and Cambridge are like without leaving home.

College Info

86 Brattle Street Cambridge, MA 02138

Campus Setting: Urban

Harvard Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Harvard is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Harvard is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Harvard University is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Harvard SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

740 - 800


Reading SAT Range

720 - 780

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Harvard is like? There are approximately 19,646 students enrolled at Harvard, including 5,222 undergraduate students and 14,424 graduate students. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 16% percent are from MA and 84% percent of students are from other states.


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