Harvard SAT Scores and GPA

What are Harvard's average SAT 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: SAT scores, GPA, and acceptance rate. All these combine to tell you what you scores are required to get into Harvard College.


Average SAT: 1520

The average SAT score composite at Harvard is a 1520.

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Harvard SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1460, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1590.

In other words, a 1460 places you below average, while a 1590 will move you up to above average. There's no absolute SAT requirement at Harvard, but they really want to see at least a 1460 to have a chance at being considered.

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Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math760730800
Reading760730790
Composite152014601590

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Average GPA: 4.1

The average GPA at Harvard is 4.1. 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 4.1, 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 4.1, you'll need a higher SAT 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: 5.2%

The acceptance rate at Harvard is 5.2%. In other words, of 100 students who apply, only 5.2 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 SAT score and GPA is vital to having a chance at getting in. If you don't pass their SAT and GPA requirements, they'll likely reject you without much consideration.

To be safe, you should aim for the 75th percentile, with a 1590 SAT and a 4.1 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 1520 SAT or below, you unfortunately have a small chance of getting in.


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Note: Your admission decision relies not only on your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, but also on your coursework difficulty, extracurriculars, letters of recommendation, and personal statements. This tool provides only a simplistic estimate of your chances of admission. Instead of treating this tool as a crystal ball, we recommend you consider the big picture of what your chance means:
  • 80-100%: Safety school: Strong chance of getting in
  • 50-80%: More likely than not getting in
  • 20-50%: Lower but still good chance of getting in
  • 5-20%: Reach school: Unlikely to get in, but still have a shot
  • 0-5%: Hard reach school: Very difficult to get in
We recommend you apply to schools across a range of chances. Applying to some safety schools will guarantee you have a college to go to, while applying to some reach schools will give you a shot at getting into the school at the top of your range.
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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 SAT score, you'll be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 1560 35
Rice University Houston, TX 1535 34
University of Chicago Chicago, IL 1530 34
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 1528 34
Columbia University New York, NY 1515 34
Yale University New Haven, CT 1505 34
Princeton University Princeton, NJ 1500 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 ACT Avg
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 1495 33
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 1490 33
Brown University Providence, RI 1488 32
Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 1478 32
Tufts University Medford, MA 1475 33
Stanford University Stanford, CA 1465 33
Northeastern University Boston, MA 1445 33

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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 ACT Avg
Emory University Atlanta, GA 1435 31
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 1430 32
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 1415 31
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA 1405 32
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 1399 30
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 1385 28
New York University New York, NY 1382 31

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