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Overview
Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1636
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 6,715
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $29,219,430,000
Admissions Address

Undergraduate Admissions Office, Byerly Hall, 8 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Website

http://www.college.harvard.edu

Admissions E-mail

college@fas.harvard.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: Most Selective
Send application by: January 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Dr. Marlyn McGrath Lewis
Admissions office telephone: (617) 495-1551
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 1
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Not offered
Early action
Send application by: November 1
 
Decision sent by: December 15
Application fee: $65
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
 
http://www.admissions.college.harvard.edu/ Tuition deposit: N/A
Room deposit: N/A
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma or equivalent is not required
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 4 4
Science 4 4
Lab 2 2
Foreign language 4 4
Social studies 2 2
History 3 3
Academic electives 2 2
Total academic units 25 25

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Required
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: February 15
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: February 15
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Important
Extracurricular activities: Very important
Talent/ability: Very important
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Important
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 9%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: 21%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 7%
Total applicants: 22,754
Total acceptances: 2,125
Total freshman enrollment: 1,684
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 45%
Male applicants: 11,030
Male acceptances: 1,024
Male freshman enrollment: 803
 
Female applicants: 11,724
Female acceptances: 1,101
Female freshman enrollment: 881
 
Students that applied here may also have applied to: N/A
 
Out-of-state freshmen: 86%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: 18

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 95%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 100%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 84%
Average high school GPA: N/A
 
First-year students submitting GPA: N/A
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 99%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 690 – 800
Math: 700 – 790
Combined: 1390 – 1590

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 N/A N/A
600-699 N/A N/A
500-599 N/A N/A
400-499 N/A N/A
300-399 N/A N/A
200-299 N/A N/A

 
First-year students submitting ACT scores: 18%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: 31 – 34

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 N/A N/A N/A
24-29 N/A N/A N/A
18-23 N/A N/A N/A
12-17 N/A N/A N/A
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A

 

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