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Harvard University - 2016

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Institution Information

General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


All prospective undergraduate students, including those intending to study engineering, computer science and applied sciences, must apply directly to Harvard College. Requirements and further information can be found under the Harvard College Admissions & Financial Aid website:

Harvard College application requirements include either the Common Application or the Universal College Application with Harvard supplements; application fee or a fee waiver request; SAT or ACT scores; normally, two SAT Subject Tests; Secondary School Report (including transcripts) and Mid-Year School Report; and two teacher evaluations.

Students interested in graduate programs at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences apply through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Requirements and further information can be found under the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Admissions website:

Applicants who wish to pursue a degree at the Graduate School must hold the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree (BA or BS) from an institution of recognized standing (either a three or four year undergraduate degree). Students who are unsure of the US equivalency of their degree(s) should consult a reputable credential evaluation service. Other requirements include an application and supplemental application form; application fee; letters of recommendation; statement of purpose; Graduate Record Examination (GRE); and transcripts. Adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. Applicants whose native language is other than English and who do not hold an undergraduate degree from an institution at which English is the language of instruction must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).


There is no formula for gaining admission to Harvard College. Academic accomplishment in high school is important, but the Admissions Committee also considers many other criteria, such as community involvement, leadership and distinction in extracurricular activities, and work experience. There is no single academic path Harvard College expects all students to follow, but the strongest applicants take the most rigorous secondary school curricula available to them. We do seek students who achieve at a high level, and most admitted students rank in the top 10-15% of their graduating classes.