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Acceptance rate
4%
Average SAT
1530
Average ACT
35
Avg. cost to attend
$13,910 /y
Aid receiving
73%
Undergraduates
9,579
Graduates
21,766
Male:Female Ratio
47:53
Control
Private
not-for-profit
Highest Degree
Doctor's degree
Website
www.harvard.edu

Harvard University Acceptance rate and admissions statistics

Harvard University has an acceptance rate of 4% and is among the top 1% of the most difficult universities to gain admission to in the United States. The university reports the admission statistics without distinguishing between local and international students.

Total Men Women
Acceptance Rate 4% 4% 4%
Applicants 57,786 26,981 30,805
Admissions 2,318 1,100 1,218
Freshmen enrolled full time 1,951 925 1,026

1,434 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

10,495 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

SAT scores

Among admitted applicants
1,049 or 54%
submitted SAT

25% of them
had 1480
or below

75% of them
had 1580
or below

Typical SAT scores of first-years in Harvard University are 1480-1580 (middle 50% range).

ACT scores

Among admitted applicants
604 or 31%
submitted ACT

25% of them
had 33
or below

75% of them
had 36
or below

Typical ACT scores of first-years in Harvard University are 33-36 (middle 50% range).

Admissions requirements

Recommendations Required
Secondary school record Required
Secondary school GPA Recommended
Secondary school rank Recommended
SAT/ACT Considered but not required
College-preparatory program Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment demographics by race or ethnicity

White 10832 (35%)
Nonresident Alien 7478 (24%)
Asian 4270 (14%)
Hispanic 2837 (9%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown 2561 (8%)
Black or African American 1948 (6%)
Two or more races 1332 (4%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 32 (0.1%)
American Indian or Alaska Native 28 (0.1%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

The average net cost to attend Harvard University is $13,910 per year, calculated as the sum of the average cost of tuition, room and board, books, and supplies, reduced by the amount of average financial aid received.

The final cost of attendance varies for each student based on household income, residency, program, and other factors.

Net average cost to attend
$13,910/year
Average aid awarded
$59,840
Students receiving aid
73%

Average costs by household income

<$30K $1,754
$30-48K $1,396
$48-75K $538
$75-110K $10,912
$110K+ $48,113

Tuition and fees

UndergraduatesGraduates
Tuition in-district $51,143$50,928
Tuition in-state $51,143$50,928
Tuition out-of-state $51,143$50,928
Fee in-district $4,444$1,242
Fee in-state $4,444$1,242
Fee out-of-state $4,444$1,242

Room and board costs

Dormitory capacity 12,874
Combined charge for room and board $18,941
Room charge $11,705
Meal charge $7,236

Harvard University majors

Harvard University has granted 1,476 bachelor's degrees across 49 programs, 4,670 master's across 108 programs, and 1,444 doctorate degrees across 74 programs. Below is a table with majors that lead to degrees at Harvard University.

Major Associate Bachelor Master Doctoral
Business Administration and Management, General 893 6
Law 594
Education, General 561 30
Public Health, General 300 16
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 154 70 43
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other 209
Public Administration 193
Social Sciences, General 186 2
Environmental Studies 17 168
Computer Science 131 35 14
Public Policy Analysis, General 172
Medicine 160
Finance, General 157
Political Science and Government, General 71 58 21
Engineering Science 22 104 23
Epidemiology 96 33
Architectural and Building Sciences & Technology 101
Physics, General 29 27 43
Applied Mathematics, General 84 4 9
Experimental Psychology 60 17 11
History, General 29 38 14
Computer and Information Sciences, General 77
English Language and Literature, General 36 30 7
Educational & Instructional Technology 71
Advanced Legal Research & Studies, General 59 7
Statistics, General 40 20 4
Theology & Theological Studies 64
Sociology, General 45 13 5
Evolutionary Biology 59 3
Neuroscience 62
Psychology, General 62
Chemistry, General 23 17 20
Cell & Cellular and Molecular Biology 30 15 14
Computer Software Engineering 57
Mathematics, General 42 3 12
Biostatistics 37 17
International Relations and Affairs 54
Sustainability Studies 46
Biology & Biological Sciences, General 32 13
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology 38 4 3
Museology & Museum Studies 45
History, Other 43
Digital Arts 42
Anthropology, General 16 19 6
Biomedical Sciences, General 2 36
East Asian Studies 1 24 12
Natural Sciences 36
Developmental Biology and Embryology 34 1
Medical Science & Scientist 35
Bioethics & Medical Ethics 34
Dentistry 34
Computer Engineering, General 33
Philosophy 17 10 6
Medical Informatics 25 6
Divinity & Ministry 30
Health & Health Care Administration & Management 30
Humanities & Humanistic Studies 30
International Public Health & International Health 28 1
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 13 5 10
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 2 15 11
Journalism 26
Mathematics Teacher Education 26
Religion & Religious Studies 5 14 7
Systems Science and Theory 23
Business & Commerce, General 22
Comparative Literature 7 7 8
Visual and Performing Arts, General 19 3
Architecture 2 19
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 5 13 3
Neurobiology and Anatomy 6 1 12
Biotechnology 12 6
Chemistry, Other 18
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 9 8
Creative Writing 17
Engineering Physics & Applied Physics 12 5
Planetary Astronomy and Science 5 4 8
Linguistics 7 6 3
Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology 14
Organizational Behavior Studies 11 3
Real Estate 14
Engineering Design 13
Environmental Health 12 1
Health Services Administration 13
Landscape Architecture 13
Biochemistry 1 11
Music Performance, General 12
Biophysics 11
Health Policy Analysis 11
Information Science & Studies 11
Mechanical Engineering 11
Architectural History and Criticism, General 10
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other 5 5
Dental Clinical Sciences, General 10
Historic Preservation and Conservation, Other 10
Astrophysics 9
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies 9
Virology 9
Business & Managerial Economics 8
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 6 2
Computational Biology 8
Design and Applied Arts, Other 8
South Asian Studies 7 1
Systematic Biology & Biological Systematics 8
Chemical Physics 6 1
Education Policy Analysis 7
Music, General 2 5
Bioinformatics 6
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 1 5
German Language and Literature 1 4 1
African-American & Black Studies 4 1
Educational Psychology 5
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 5
Legal Studies 5
City & Urban, Community, and Regional Planning 3 1
Educational Evaluation and Research 4
Film & Cinema & Media Studies 1 3
Immunology 4
Research and Development Management 4
American & United States Studies & Civilization 3
Behavioral Sciences 1 2
Celtic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2 1
Clinical Psychology 3
Genome Sciences & Genomics 3
Microbiology and Immunology 3
Multicultural Education 3
Public Policy Analysis, Other 3
Ancient Studies & Civilization 2
Anthropology, Other 2
Computational Mathematics 2
Dental Public Health and Education 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences & Liberal Studies 2
Physical and Biological Anthropology 2
American History (United States) 1
Cell Biology and Anatomy 1
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean, and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology 1
Folklore Studies 1
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1
Human Nutrition 1
Latin Language and Literature 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 1
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 1
Modern Greek Language and Literature 1
Public Health, Other 1
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1
Women's Studies 1
Grand Total 1 1,476 4,670 1,444

Harvard University has a graduation rate of 97%, which is among the 2% highest for universities in the US.

Total Men Women
Graduation rate 97% 96% 98%
  • Full-time retention rate - 96%

Publications & Citations

Harvard University is a world-class research university with 485,642 scientific papers published and 28,121,045 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Medicine, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Biochemistry, Pathology, Computer Science, Psychology, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, and Engineering.

Publications
485,642
Citations
28,121,045

Publication / Citation count by topic

Medicine
359,424 / 19,725,890
Biology
356,181 / 22,867,275
Chemistry
248,121 / 18,268,123
Genetics
233,355 / 16,552,476
Biochemistry
203,197 / 15,519,618
Pathology
176,429 / 9,868,832
Computer Science
174,581 / 10,601,188
Psychology
163,496 / 8,559,043
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
162,399 / 8,019,778
Engineering
136,521 / 8,464,155
Physics
131,192 / 8,111,044
Surgery
114,505 / 4,791,418
Psychiatry
113,884 / 5,644,185
Environmental Science
110,987 / 6,326,630
Immunology
91,393 / 5,690,439
Mathematics
84,694 / 4,354,530
Organic Chemistry
79,243 / 5,741,733
Statistics
77,809 / 4,016,047
Neuroscience
76,667 / 4,678,446
Sociology
74,791 / 3,738,157
Radiology and Nuclear medicine
70,582 / 3,074,922
Political Science
68,916 / 2,860,864
Law
66,116 / 2,803,495
Quantum and Particle physics
65,604 / 4,315,606
Oncology and Cancer research
63,729 / 4,166,819
Philosophy
59,970 / 3,153,186
Geology
59,642 / 3,518,730
Public Health
55,143 / 2,880,026
Materials Science
52,311 / 3,706,692
Demography
48,945 / 2,687,765
Geography and Cartography
48,160 / 2,438,305
Paleontology
46,453 / 2,780,205
Anatomy and Physiology
46,382 / 2,506,627
Economics
42,654 / 1,991,904
Optical Engineering
40,420 / 2,394,371
Ecology
39,664 / 2,489,176
Bioinformatics and Computational biology
38,852 / 3,120,979
Cardiology
38,172 / 1,796,273
Business
37,074 / 1,766,790
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
36,132 / 2,033,793

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 3662 99518
1991 3844 109907
1992 3861 119656
1993 4122 122839
1994 4417 134614
1995 4931 150522
1996 5354 164245
1997 5742 186778
1998 6268 221083
1999 6708 251443
2000 6891 283436
2001 7039 316613
2002 7541 354202
2003 7689 392796
2004 8535 437285
2005 9027 498428
2006 10261 561568
2007 10458 614996
2008 11321 681048
2009 12315 760402
2010 13067 825875
2011 13880 921587
2012 15457 1029188
2013 16481 1120976
2014 18166 1204665
2015 18645 1284804
2016 20455 1337561
2017 22372 1460244
2018 21938 1469491
2019 24768 1689963
2020 28792 2008027
2021 33613 2522170
2022 28372 2368358
Academic rankings

Harvard University alumni

  1. Barack Obama

    Barack Obama
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1961-.. (age 62)
    Enrolled in Harvard University
    1988-1991 graduated with Juris Doctor in law
    Occupations
    political writermemoiriststatespersonacademicpolitician
    Biography

    Barack Hussein Obama II is an American former politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the first African-American president of the United States. Obama previously served as a U.S. senator representing Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004, and worked as a civil rights lawyer before holding public office.

  2. Bill Gates

    Bill Gates
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1955-.. (age 68)
    Enrolled in Harvard University
    Studied in 1973-1975
    Occupations
    philanthropistentrepreneurprogrammer
    Biography

    William Henry Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, and investor. He is best known for co-founding software giant Microsoft, along with his late childhood friend Paul Allen. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), president and chief software architect, while also being its largest individual shareholder until May 2014. He was a major entrepreneur of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.

  3. John F. Kennedy

    John F. Kennedy
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1917-1963 (aged 46)
    Enrolled in Harvard University
    1936-1940 graduated with Bachelor of Arts in international relations
    Occupations
    statespersonjournalistnaval officerpoliticianwriter
    Biography

    John Fitzgerald Kennedy, often referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. He was the youngest person to assume the presidency by election and the youngest president at the end of his tenure. Kennedy served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his foreign policy concerned relations with the Soviet Union and Cuba. A Democrat, Kennedy represented Massachusetts in both houses of the U.S. Congress prior to his presidency.

  4. Mark Zuckerberg

    Mark Zuckerberg
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1984-.. (age 39)
    Enrolled in Harvard University
    In 2002 studied computer science and psychology
    Occupations
    patron of the artsprogrammerphilanthropistcomputer scientistchief executive officer
    Biography

    Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American business magnate, internet entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is known for co-founding the social media website Facebook and its parent company Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook, Inc.), of which he is the executive chairman, chief executive officer, and controlling shareholder.

All 100 notable alumni

General info

Alternative names HU
Founded 1636
Motto Veritas
Colors crimson
Academic calendar September to August (September - January; January-June; June-August)
Total FTE staff 17,358
Carnegie classification Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity

Location and contacts

Address Massachusetts Hall
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138
United States
City population 118,000
Phone 6174951000

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