Harvard University

About Harvard University

Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is one of the eight Ivy League universities.

Established in 1636, it  is the United States’ oldest university and considered by many to be the world’s most prestigious.

Noted alumni include former U.S. presidents:

  • John Adams
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Al Gore
  • George W. Bush
  • Barack Obama.

Other notables include:

  • Naturalist, essayist, poet, and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet Heny David Thoreau
  • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
  • Microsoft founder Bill Gates
  • Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
  • Helen Keller, who lost her sight and hearing at 19 months and became an author, disability rights advocate and lecturer.

The university averages more than 30,000 students per term, including both full-time and part-time students. 

Fewer than 5 percent of applicants gain acceptance. 

Check out information below to find out standardized test scores and GPAs for Harvard University applicants.


SAT & ACT Score Ranges

Harvard University considers admission test scores (SAT/ACT) during the application process, but does not require them. Students who were admitted to Harvard University and enrolled typically had admission test scores in these ranges.

 25th Percentile*50th Percentile**75th Percentile***
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing730760780
 25th Percentile*50th Percentile**75th Percentile***

Students Submitting Scores


Undergraduate Admissions

Number of applicants61,221
% admitted3%
% who enrolled83%

*   25% of students scored at or below
**  50% of students scored above and 50% scored below (i.e., midpoint of the test score distribution)
*** 25% of students scored above