Harvard ACT Scores and GPA

What are Harvard's average ACT scores and GPA? In this guide, we'll discuss what scores are needed for you to get admitted into Harvard. You'll also get to calculate your own chances with our admissions calculator.

Location: Cambridge, MA

This school is also known as: Harvard College, Harvard University

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Harvard Admissions Statistics

There are three critical numbers when considering your admissions chances: ACT scores, GPA, and acceptance rate. All these combine to tell you what you scores are required to get into Harvard College.


Average ACT: 34

The average ACT score composite at Harvard is a 34.

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The 25th percentile ACT score is 32, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 35.

In other words, a 32 places you below average, while a 35 will move you up to above average. There's no absolute ACT requirement at Harvard, but they really want to see at least a 32 to have a chance at being considered.

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Average GPA: 4.04

The average GPA at Harvard is 4.04. This makes Harvard Extremely Competitive for GPAs.

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(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.

With a GPA of 4.04, Harvard requires you to be at the top of your class. You'll need nearly straight A's in all your classes to compete with other applicants. You should also have taken plenty of AP or IB classes to show your ability to excel in academic challenge.

If you're a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change from this point on. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 4.04, you'll need a higher ACT score to compensate and show that you're prepared to take on college academics. This will help you compete effectively with other applicants.



Admissions Rate: 6%

The acceptance rate at Harvard is 6%. In other words, of 100 students who apply, only 6 are admitted.

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This means the school is very selective. Scores are vital to getting past their first round of filters. After that, you will need to impress them beyond just your academic scores.



Final Admissions Verdict

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Because this school is extremely selective, getting a high ACT score and GPA is vital to having a chance at getting in. If you don't pass their ACT and GPA requirements, they'll likely reject you without much consideration.

To be safe, you should aim for the 75th percentile, with a 35 ACT and a 4.04 GPA or higher to be above average.

This is only part of the challenge - after this, you'll need to impress them beyond your academic scores, with your accomplishments and extracurriculars. But if you apply with a 34 ACT or below, you unfortunately have a small chance of getting in.



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Other Schools For You

If you're interested in Harvard, you'll probably be interested in these schools as well. We've divided them into 3 categories depending on how hard they are to get into, relative to Harvard.


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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are more selective and have higher scores than Harvard. If you improve your ACT score, you'll be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 1520 2220 34
California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 1560 2300 34
Yale University New Haven, CT 1540 2265 33
University of Chicago Chicago, IL 1520 2228 33
Columbia University New York, NY 1520 2215 33
Rice University Houston, TX 1510 2180 33
Stanford University Stanford, CA 1520 2210 33

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

If you're competitive for Harvard, these schools will offer you a similar chance of admission.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Princeton University Princeton, NJ 1540 2250 33
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 1500 2163 32
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA 1430 2045 32
Brown University Providence, RI 1490 2155 32
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 1470 2117 32
Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 1510 2195 32
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 1480 2120 32

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

If you're currently competitive for Harvard, you should have no problem getting into these schools. If Harvard is currently out of your reach, you might already be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Tufts University Medford, MA 1490 2158 31
Northeastern University Boston, MA 1440 2058 31
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 1450 2075 31
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 1440 2055 30
American University Washington, DC 1340 1882 28
San Jose State University San Jose, CA 1100 1515 28
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 1370 1941 28

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