Getting Into Harvard University

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About Harvard University

Harvard University, located in Massachusetts USA, is one of the most highly ranked and globally respected academic institutions in the world. The private, medium-sized university offers 4 year undergraduate programs. Harvard is co-ed and most students live on campus. Crimson has cracked the code on how to get into Harvard from NZ, click below to check out some of our Alumni now.

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.

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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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Convert your NCEA results to GPA!

3.4%

Acceptance Rate

1460 - 1580

Average SAT Score

32 - 35

Average ACT Score

3.7 - 4.0

GPA Aim (top of class)

FAQ's

What is Harvard's QS World University Ranking?

#3

What is the median starting salary of Harvard graduates?

$98,500 NZD

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

What's the easiest way to get into Harvard?

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%

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The 6 Most Popular Majors

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Notable alumni

Harvard boasts more than 371,000 living alumni with over 279,000 of these graduates living 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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Get into Harvard from NZ. Speak with one of our experts today.

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Hear From Some Of Our Harvard Alumni!

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Crimson Student Results

Our students have received 2200+ offers to the world's best universities.

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.

You could be next!
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How Crimson works:

Our college consultancy model sees our students receive individualised support in every aspect of their Harvard application — from general strategy, test prep and personal statement/essay support, to extracurricular mentoring and interview practice. Here's how we work!
01. Crafting an Initial, Highly Individualised Plan
01: Building your plan
02. Meeting Your Educational Coordinator
02: Choosing your schools
03. Planning With Your Crimson Strategist
03: Acing your tests
01. Crafting an Initial, Highly Individualised Plan
04: Boosting your ECLs
01. Crafting an Initial, Highly Individualised Plan
05: Writing your essays
01. Crafting an Initial, Highly Individualised Plan
06: Nailing the interview
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  • Process 01 - Crimson Education

    01. Crafting a plan and getting started

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

  • Process 02 - Crimson Education

    02. Building your university application list!

    Your Strategist is the 'captain of your application ship' helping you build out a personalised application list and formulate a highly personalised roadmap. Your strategist will help you pull all elements of your application(s) together, ensuring your final submission(s) will be as perfect as they can be. Read just some of our strategists profiles here!

  • Process 03 - Crimson Education

    03. Lifting your standardised test scores

    Whether it be the SAT or ACT, AP or UK course specific exams, out 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

    04. Improving your extracurricular candidacy

    Your ECL or extracurricular and leadership profile is a key component of your US and/or UK application(s). Our ECL mentors, who are accomplished project builders and often Ivy League or Oxbridge grads themselves, will help you expand upon your passions to build a capstone project and/or other significant, high-impact initiative.

  • 04. Working With Your Crimson Team

    05. 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

    06. Prepping with your interview expert

    Our interview mentors have sat in that interview seat before - at Oxford, Cambridge and other top schools in the UK and the US. 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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