9 months ago
Harvard prospective students


I don't know the requirement to gain admission into Harvard College. Please can you help me out.

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9 months ago

Hi! You could see their requirements on their website.

Here is the link: https://college.harvard.edu/admissions/apply/first-year-applicants/application-requirements

Hope that helps.

9 months ago

@zaraadam kindly linked the full requirements below, so I won't bother getting to deep into them. I'll just note that you will need to send your grades and write some essays, but that standardized test scores will remain optional next cycle.

One common misconception I'd like to address is that students need a specific GPA or SAT/ACT score to gain admission to Harvard. While students do typically need fantastic grades and test scores to get in, there is no set line below which all students are rejected. Colleges like Harvard do use minimum academic index thresholds (if you want to learn more about the academic index, check out our blog post on that topic here: https://blog.collegevine.com/what-is-the-academic-index-how-is-it-calculated/#:~:text=Using%20the%20information%20from%20a,into%20a%20single%20numerical%20score.), but students are compared to each other in categories (depending on things like geography, race and ethnicity, international status, legacy status, etc.) and different categories are assigned different academic index cutoffs. Additionally, academic indexes aren't used as hard and fast cutoffs (sometimes students who don't meet these thresholds still ultimately gain admission), and schools are not exactly transparent about how they calculate their indexes or what their cutoffs are. Finally, surpassing the academic index is only the first step, and it certainly does not guarantee admission to a school like Harvard.

There is no GPA or SAT score that will certainly get you into Harvard. In fact, Harvard rejects many students with 4.0 GPAs and 1600s on the SAT every single year. To get in, you'll need stellar grades and test scores, an extremely impressive extracurricular resume, and terrific essays as well. Good luck!


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