8 months ago
Harvard prospective students

Hardest major

What is the hardest major to get into? (Which major has the least acceptance rate?)


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8 months ago

I'm not sure Harvard posts any data for acceptance rate by major. If they do, I haven't been able to find it. But, to be honest, I'm not sure it matters that much. Being accepted to Harvard is incredibly difficult to the point where I'm not sure applying under an "easier" major would make any impact.

I would imagine math or an engineering major would be up there for most difficult. I know the number of classes you need to take if you're doing something engineering related is pretty high and basically leaves you with no room to explore other classes. So some people may find that difficult to deal with.

For the class of 2024, Math was the smallest intended concentration for accepted students followed by physical science and then computer science. But having a small percent of students intending to major in a field does not necessarily mean it is difficult. Focus on building a Harvard-quality profile and the differences for major acceptance rates hopefully shouldn't play a factor in whether you're accepted or not.


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