If you want to apply to Harvard, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is January 1 and the fee for the application is $75.
Students who apply to Harvard for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 31.
Here's an overiew of some of Harvard's admissions stats.
|Harvard 2022||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||4.0|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||94%|
|Admissions Test Policy||Test Optional|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||72%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||45%|
These are the application deadlines for Harvard University.
|Application Type||Offered||Application Deadline||Notification Deadline|
|Early Decision I||No||––||––|
|Early Decision II||––||––||––|
|Early Action||Yes||November 1||December 15|
|Regular Decision||Yes||January 1||March 31|
Harvard does not offer early decision but does offer early action.
🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Harvard will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.
Harvard accepts about 14% of early action applicants and 5% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, Harvard admitted 894 of the 6,416 who applied early action.
➡️ See a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.
It is extremely difficult to get into Harvard. Harvard evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.
In 2021, Harvard accepted 5% of all applicants, about 2,015 from 40,248 applicants.
Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Harvard, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.
For more information on transferring to Harvard University, contact the school directly.
Harvard has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.
Curious about the factors that are considered by Harvard during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Considered|
|Standardized Test Scores||Considered|
Make sure to check with Harvard for more information on admission factors.
To apply to Harvard, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Harvard's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for Some||Details (If Any)|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||2|
|Transcript(S) of College Record|
|Standardized Test Scores|
|Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to Harvard have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0.
Out of all students that were admitted, 39% submitted a class rank. At Harvard 94% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 98% were in the top 25% and 99.6% were in the top 50%.
At Harvard University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|3.75 and 3.99||18.02%|
|3.50 and 3.74||4%|
|3.25 and 3.49||1.79%|
|3.00 and 3.24||0.32%|
|2.50 and 2.9||0.11%|
|2.00 and 2.49||––|
This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.
Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Harvard directly.
Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.
An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.
Harvard considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.
Harvard is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2022, 72% of Harvard's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 45% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Harvard students scored 800 or higher and 75% of students scored 720 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Harvard students scored 780 or higher, and 75% scored a 720 or higher.
To be most competitive at Harvard, you should strive to earn between 33 and 35 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Harvard's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.
A 33 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Harvard students. Only one out of every four students scored below 33.
Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.
For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by May 15.
Transfer students can enroll in Harvard during the following terms:
• Fall Term
Can I defer my acceptance to Harvard?
✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Harvard.
Does Harvard accept transfer credits?
✅ Harvard accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.
Does Harvard accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
✅ Harvard accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to Harvard?
❌ No, Harvard is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.
What is Harvard's acceptance rate?
✅ Harvard's acceptance rate is 5%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at Harvard?
❌ Harvard does not offer early decision.
What is the early action acceptance rate at Harvard?
✅ The early action acceptance rate at Harvard was 14% in 2021.
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How hard is it to get into Harvard? Harvard is a selective institution. The Harvard acceptance rate is 5%. This means that the institution accepts 5 out of every 100 applicants.
First-Year Applications are Due
Transfer Applications are Due
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
35 and Above
33 to 35
33 and Less
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At Harvard, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.0. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.
Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved
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