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Harvard University

Academic Requirements

Admissions Overview

4% (13.9% early)

Acceptance Rate

3.8 - 4.0

Average GPA

1480 - 1580

Average SAT Score

33 - 35

Average ACT Score

GPA Requirements

Harvard University does not have a strict minimum GPA requirement for undergraduate admissions. However, admitted students typically have very high GPAs, ranging from 3.8 to 4.0, with an average GPA of 3.9.


Average High School GPA

3.8 - 4.0

25th-7th Percentile

SAT Requirements

Harvard is test-optional currently for the admissions cycle. Harvard University's SAT scores for admitted students range from 1480 - 1580, with an average score of 1530.

Although SAT scores are optional, we recommend that students aim for a good SAT score of at least 1530 to be competitive in the admissions process at Harvard University.


Average SAT

1480 - 1580

25th-75th Percentile


Students submitting SAT scores

ACT Requirements

Harvard is test-optional for the next admissions cycle. Harvard University's ACT scores for admitted students range from 33 to 35, with an average score of 34.

A good ACT score will still boost your application above the competition and help get you into your dream school. It will allow admissions officers to quickly and objectively compare you to the rest of the applicant pool.


Average ACT


25th-75th Percentile


Students submitting ACT scores

Other Requirements

Besides academic grades, Harvard has some additional requirements based on the program of study you apply for.


Make sure you have extracurriculars relating to your area of study and those that show your dedication over time.

Recommendation Letters

Harvard University requires two teacher recommendations.

TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge or Duolingo

Optional for international students.

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