Harvard University Acceptance Rates & Statistics: Early Admissions & Regular Decision

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HARVARD EARLY DECISION & EARLY ACTION ADMISSIONS

Harvard accepted 938 or 14.5 percent of the 6,473 early applicants to the Class of 2021. The size of the early action pool increased by about 5 percent and the acceptance rate fell 0.3 percent. Last year, Harvard’s Early Action program admitted 918 students or 14.8 percent of the 6,173 early applicants to the Class of 2020.

HARVARD UNIVERSITY EARLY ROUND ACCEPTANCE
Early Decision / Early Action Applications Accepted Total Early Applications Received Early Decision / Early Action Acceptance Rate Estimated Early Action Enrollment % of Class Filled by Early Application / Early Decisions
2021 938 6,473 14.49% 1,700 55.18%
2020 918 6,173 14.87% 1,700 54.00%
2019 977 5,919 16.51% 1,700 45.41%
2018 992 4,692 21.14% 1,700 58.35%
2017 1,237 4,193 29.50%
2016 1,171 3,609 32.45%
2015 1,215 3,456 35.16%
2014 1,176 3,594 32.72%
2013 1,249 3,405 36.68%

HARVARD REGULAR DECISION ADMISSIONS

Harvard admitted a record-low 5.2 percent of applicants to the College’s Class of 2020, accepting 2,037 total students from a pool of more than 39,000 applicants. The full admitted class includes record-high percentages of African American and Asian American students. For the Class of 2018, Harvard University received a total of 34,295 applications compared to 35,023 for the Class of 2017. The school admitted 2,023 students resulting in an overall admissions rate of 5.9 percent, which is slightly higher than the class of 2016’s 5.79 percent. In the early round, Harvard University received 4,692 applications and accepted 992, for an admit rate of 21.14% of its SCEA applicant pool. The SCEA admit rate is substantially higher than regular decision acceptance rate below 4 percent. The Class of 2018 reflects the excellence achieved by the students of an increasingly diverse America as record numbers of African-American and Latino students, who constitute 11.9 and 13 percent of the admitted class, respectively.

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HARVARD UNIVERSITY REGULAR DECISION ADMISSIONS
Regular Decision Applications Accepted Regular Decision Applications Received Regular Decision Admissions Acceptance Rate
2020 1,119 32,868 3.40%
2019 1,013 31,386 3.23%
2018 1,751 17,618 9.94%
2017 1,134 30,167 3.76%
2016 1,260 30,057 4.19%

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HARVARD UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS: EARLY & REGULAR DECISION
Early & Regular Decision Applications Accepted Early & Regular Decision Applications Received Early & Regular Decision Admissions Acceptance Rate
2020 2,037 39,041 2,037%
2019 1,990 37,305 5.33%
2018 2,023 34,295 5.90%
2017 2,029 35,023 5.79%
2016 2,076 34,303 6.05%
2015 2,188 34,950 6.26%
2014 2,205 30,489 7.23%
2013 2,175 29,114 7.47%
2012 2,175 27,462 7.92%

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