Getting Into Harvard University

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About Harvard University

Located in Massachusetts, USA, Harvard University is one of the most highly ranked and globally respected academic institutions in the world. The private, medium-sized, liberal arts university offers 4 year undergraduate programs. Harvard is co-ed, with most students living on campus.

A Brief History
A brief history

Founded in 1636, Harvard was named for the college’s first benefactor, the young minister, John Harvard, who upon his death in 1638, left his library and half his estate to the institution.

General info
General information

Harvard is made up of the undergraduate college, and 11 other postgrad institutions including the highly ranked Business School, Law School, Medical School and John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Quick facts about Harvard

  • Undergrad degree: 4 year liberal arts
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Setting: Urban
  • Residential Status: Primarily on campus
  • Number of Undergraduates: 6,755 (approx)
  • Number of Freshman: 1,644 (approx)
  • Acceptance Rate: 3.4%
Harvard University
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≥99

ATAR Requirement

3.7 - 4.0

GPA Aim (top of class)

1460 - 1580

Average SAT Score

32 - 35

Average ACT Score

Harvard FAQ

How do you get into the Ivy League from Australia?

There are 3 key areas you need to excel at:

  • Academics
  • Extracurriculars
  • The application itself

There is no easy way to get into Harvard! But starting early and seeking guidance from resources like Crimson can increase your chances by 400%.

What is Harvard's QS World University Ranking?

#3

What is the median starting salary of Harvard graduates?

$95,000 AUD

What percentage of Harvard students are international students?

22%

What percentage of Harvard students live on campus?

99%

How hard is it to get into Harvard?

Very! Harvard’s acceptance rate is below 5%.

How many undergraduate fields of study does Harvard have?

50

What is Harvard's Student-Faculty Ratio?

7:1

How many varsity sports teams are there at Harvard?

42

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Notable alumni

Harvard boasts more than 371,000 living alumni with over 279,000 of these graduates located in the USA and over 59,000 living in 202 countries around the world. The university has produced 49 Nobel Laureates, 32 heads of state and 48 Pulitzer Prize winners.

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Crimson Student Results

Why Work With Crimson Education?

Crimson Education is the world's most successful US/UK university admissions support consultancy.

Our students are up to 7X more likely to gain acceptance to the best — and most competitive — universities in the world.

From university selection strategy to standardised test prep, personal statement/essay support to extracurricular mentoring and interview practice — we leave no stone unturned, making sure your application stands out above the crowd.

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How Crimson Works

Our university consultancy model sees our students receive individualised support in every aspect of their Harvard application. Here's what we do!
01. Crafting an Initial, Highly Individualised Plan
Building Your Plan
02. Meeting Your Educational Coordinator
Choosing Your Schools
03. Planning With Your Crimson Strategist
Acing Your Tests
01. Crafting an Initial, Highly Individualised Plan
Boosting Your ECLs
01. Crafting an Initial, Highly Individualised Plan
Writing Your Essays
01. Crafting an Initial, Highly Individualised Plan
Nailing The Interview
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  • Process 01 - Crimson Education

    Crafting a Plan and Getting Started

    After your initial assessment with one of our Admissions Experts we will build a highly personalised plan based on your age, current situation and admissions goals. Next you'll be introduced to your Student Success Manager who will help you organise your entire Crimson journey and act as a regular communication base for you and your family.

  • Process 02 - Crimson Education

    Building Your University Application List!

    Your Strategist is the captain of your application ship, helping you build out a highly personalised application list and roadmap. Your Strategist will help you pull all elements of your application(s) together, ensuring your final submission(s) will be as perfect as possible!

  • Process 03 - Crimson Education

    Lifting Your Standardised Test Scores

    Whether it be the SAT or ACT, AP or UK course specific exams, our tutors are standardised test top scorers who can help you lift your scores above the competition. As a Crimson student you'll have access to the Crimson App where you can organise tutoring sessions, access practice tests and get instant expert feedback.

  • 04. Working With Your Crimson Team

    Improving Your Extracurricular Candidacy

    Your ECL (Extracurricular and Leadership) profile is a key component of your US and/or UK application(s). Our ECL mentors are accomplished project builders and will help you expand upon your passions to build a significant capstone project or high-impact initiative.

  • 04. Working With Your Crimson Team

    Working With Your Essay Mentor

    Working with your essay mentor you will brainstorm, ideate, craft, edit and refine a personal statement that resonates with admissions officers. Our mentors are top school graduates who understand the nuances of what it takes to write a stand-our personal statement or supplemental essay!

  • 04. Working With Your Crimson Team

    Prepping With Your Interview Expert

    Our interview mentors have sat in that interview seat before. They will work with you to make sure you're prepared for every question possible, have the skill and confidence to think on your feet, and help you prepare questions you can ask your interviewers in return!

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