With a single-digit acceptance rate, Harvard University is the most selective university in the United States. This member of the Ivy League sends out a remarkable number of rejection letters. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students, and you can see that most students who got into Harvard had 4.0 GPAs, SAT scores (CR+M+W) above 2100, and ACT composite scores above 30. Also realize that there's a lot of red hidden beneath the blue and green in the upper right corner of the graph. Many students with perfect GPAs and test scores in the top 1% still get rejected from Harvard. Even the most qualified students should consider Harvard a reach school.
At the same time, don't give up hope of getting into Harvard if you don't have a 4.0 and a 2400 on the SAT. Harvard has holistic admissions, and they are looking for students who bring to campus more than good grades and test scores. Students who have some kind of remarkable talent or have a compelling story to tell will get a close look even if grades and test scores aren't quite up to the ideal.
To learn more about Harvard University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Harvard University Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?