harvard admission requirements
1. Entrance Exams
- Entrance exam scores:
- SAT or ACT with writing
- Two SAT subject tests
2. Class rank
We do not require you to be at the top of your class to be considered for admission, but we do look for students who have performed well within their context. The average high school rank of admitted students is in the top 3%.
However, note that our class ranks are quite small—with just 20 students per grade in many high schools. If your school has very few students, class rank may not provide an accurate picture of where you stand among your peers.
The grade point average (GPA) is an important factor for admission to Harvard. This applies to your GPA in secondary school, overall and by subject. A grade point average of 3.5 or above is considered good, 4.0 or above is excellent, and 2.5 or below is bad.
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The Harvard admissions team is required to interview every student before they’re admitted. This information should come as no surprise since the Harvard website clearly states that interviews are mandatory. It’s important to prepare yourself for this meeting, which will most likely be conducted by an alumnus or alumna of the university in your home city.
Here’s how to get ready:
- Prepare. It’s important to be prepared for your interview so you can answer any question the interviewer asks you confidently and with ease. While there is no set list of questions, preparing a little bit for the conversation can help ensure you have time to cover everything about yourself that you want them to know!
- Dress appropriately. The best thing about interviews is that they allow students an opportunity to show off their personality and interests through their clothes, so make sure yours reflect who you really are! Wear something comfortable but professional, like a button down shirt or blouse paired with dress pants or skirt (not jeans). If it’s cold outside and why not?, add layers like jackets over blazers–but only if it will keep you warm during those long hours spent sitting on uncomfortable chairs inside stuffy offices while waiting patiently (or impatiently) for your turn!
- Bring all necessary materials with you–including pens/pencils if needed, as well as an extra pair of socks just in case one gets wet during inclement weather conditions outside before entering into air conditioned buildings where temperatures inside may not match those outside where people were standing around looking at each other awkwardly while trying not to make eye contact because both parties knew full well what was going through each other’s minds: “This sucks.”
If you want to get in to Harvard, its important to know the requirements
Harvard is one of the most prestigious colleges in the world. If you have your sights set on Harvard, knowing and meeting the admission requirements will give you a better chance of getting into this prestigious school.
It’s important to remember that admission standards vary from school to school and are different for every major. For example, for a music degree, the applicant must include an audition tape in their application packet, but if you were applying for a non-music related degree this would not be required. To find out which requirements apply to each program, contact the admissions department at Harvard University. You can also ask your guidance counselor or college advisor to help you find out what requirements apply to your chosen program.