Harvard University

Harvard University


Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. Harvard faculty are engaged with teaching and research to push the boundaries of human knowledge. For students who are excited to investigate the biggest issues of the 21st century, Harvard offers an unparalleled student experience and a generous financial aid program, with over $160 million awarded to more than 60% of our undergraduate students. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education.

Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world.

  • Email: college@fas.harvard.edu

  • Phone: 617.495.1000

  • Famous graduates: Bill Gates, Natalie Portman, Kenneth G. Wilson

  • Type of University: Private non-profit college

  • Year founded: 1636

  • No. of undergraduate students: 7,200

  • International students: 10.30%

  • No. of postgraduate students: 14,000

  • International students: 40.00%

  • Students who received financial aid: 81.00%


Application Statistics

  • Number of undergraduate applications received:35,023

  • No. of undergraduate students accepted:2,029

  • Undergraduate acceptance rate:

  • 5.79%

  • Postgraduate Acceptance rate:

  • 14.00%

Application timeline

Standardized Test Requirements

We require all applicants to complete the SAT or the ACT with or without Writing, and we recommend submitting two SAT Subject Tests, except in the case of financial hardship.

SAT Subject tests Requirement

While we normally require two SAT Subject Tests, you may apply without them if the cost of the tests represents a financial hardship or if you prefer to have your application considered without them. If you choose to submit Subject Tests, it is more useful to choose only one mathematics test rather than two. Similarly, if your first language is not English, a Subject Test in your first language may be less helpful.

% of freshman submitting SAT scores: 85%
% of freshman submitting ACT scores: 35%

SAT Percentiles

Sat scores

Cost of attendance

Tuition and fees$45,278
Room and board$15,381
Books and supplies$1,000
Personal expenses$2,741

Application Fee

Availability of Exchange program:Yes

Employment Rate(within one year)



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