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Harvard Acceptance?

What is the acceptance rate of Harvard and what do I need to do to get in?

Thank you comment icon Hi Pranav. There are a set of questions to ask before you focus on getting into Harvard. Of course, it has an amazing reputation and illustrious alumni network, as well as tremendous resources. But it may not be the best place for you. For example: 1) Harvard has over twice as many graduate students as undergrads (9,000+ undergrads versus 21,000 graduate students). So more of the professors' attention and funding is devoted to the graduate level. Maybe that is all right with you, but maybe not. 2) Harvard's faculty is renowned, but maybe you are interested in something that is stronger elsewhere. For example, Johns Hopkins has a museums administration program and Tulane has a biomed and aeronautical engineering program that Harvard does not. Other schools that have campuses on the water may be stronger in marine sciences, etc. 3) Harvard has a lovely campus, but it is located in a city and has an urban feel. Again, maybe you want that, but maybe you don't. You may do your research and decide that Harvard has the programs, resources, and atmosphere for you. If so, you should apply, and I wish you good luck. Understand that other colleges and universities may be a better fit and easier to get in. I loved my undergraduate alma mater and still do; I thought my children should go there. But they ended up doing to different colleges from me, and I grew to love those institutions, too. You could shortchange yourself if you start and stop your analysis with "Harvard is famous so I want to go there." Martha Kramer

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Marshall’s Answer

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Harvard University admissions is most selective with an acceptance rate of 4%. Half the applicants admitted to Harvard University have an SAT score between 1480 and 1580 or an ACT score of 33 and 36.

Harvard University Admissions - US News Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report
https://www.usnews.com › best-colleges › applying
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Joshua’s Answer

Hello!

Harvard's admissions is no joke. They frequently turn down 4.0+ GPAs from students all over the world. Here's a couple of tips that may help you out:

1. Find an alumni and get their recommendation. Don't know anyone? Use linkedIn or a parents LinkedIn to search for someone within your network (or close enough to it). Talk with the individual and try to have them send a recommendation letter.
2. Become well rounded. Harvard isn't just looking for grades. They want to know the students they're accepting have a diverse background. You'll need to be able to talk about the diversity of projects, programs, clubs etc.
3. Become a story telling mastermind. No matter your background, grades, etc. you need to write an essay to Harvard. This essay will hold weight. It may become the factor to push you over the edge to get an interview for acceptance into the school or not. Either way, you need to tell your story, tell it with pride and showcase all you have.

Best of luck! It's hard work and no matter the outcome, learning the skills listed above (networking, becoming a jack of all trades, and telling a good story) will help you in your future.
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T.J.’s Answer

Hello Pranav!

Harvard is extremely competitive.

𝘌𝘹𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘭𝘺. 😧

As an Ivy League school, it has one of the lowest acceptance rates in the entire country (4%).

Check out Niche to learn more:
https://www.niche.com/colleges/harvard-university/

To get into Harvard, you'll need to prepare yourself well. It is an intense process.

Here's some videos that could help you with understanding admissions:

➜ How to Get Into Harvard (7 Things to Consider When Applying) | https://youtu.be/znM4NZIZJsA
➜ Asking Harvard Students How They Got In... | https://youtu.be/fmGJwK3dvbY
➜ I wish I knew THIS - why Harvard didn't accept me | https://youtu.be/D4_4TSQZyOY
➜ How Admissions Officers Rate Applicants | https://youtu.be/4DWXOfnRmwU

Another video that's important to watch is this one:
➜ College Apps: Self Comparison | https://youtu.be/3-_2MCfn1dc

If you do embark on this journey, please seek support from people around you. Your teachers, school admin staff, friends, family, etc.

Enjoy learning - and possibly preparing for - applying to Harvard :)
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