Harvard University

Academic Requirements

Admissions Overview

High School Diploma


Common App

Common App

Class Rank


Credit for AP Classes




TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge or Duolingo

Optional for International Students

College Prep Program


Additional Materials


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 strictly enforce a minimum GPA requirement for admission to the undergraduate programme. However, admitted students often have very high GPAs, with an average GPA of 3.9 and ranges from 3.8 to 4.0.


Average High School GP

3.8 - 4.0

25th-7th Percentile

SAT Requirements

Tests are not yet required for admission to Harvard. SAT scores for admitted students to Harvard University range from 1480 to 1580, with an average score of 1530.

Although the SAT is optional, we advise students to aim for a strong SAT score of at least 1530 to be competitive in the Harvard University admissions process.


Average SAT

1480 - 1580

25th-75th Percentile


Students submitting SAT scores

ACT Requirements

For the upcoming admissions round, Harvard will not require tests. ACT scores for accepted students at Harvard University range from 33 to 35, with an average of 34.

A strong ACT score will still help you stand out from the crowd and get into the school of your choice. It will enable admissions staff to compare you to the other applicants quickly and fairly.


Average ACT


25th-75th Percentile


Students submitting
ACT scores

Other Requirements

Depending on the programme of study you apply for, Harvard has several additional requirements in addition to academic grades.


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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