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HARVARD EARLY 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 Applications Accepted Total Early Applications Received Early Acceptance Rate Estimated Overall Enrollment % of Class Filled by Early Admissions
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 EARLY & REGULAR DECISION ADMISSIONS

Harvard received 39,506 applications to its Class of 2021, setting a new record for the third year in a row and surpassing last year’s total by 450 applications (1.2 percent). 2,056 of these students were invited to join the Class of 2021. There were small application increases across several groups: 21.8 percent of applicants identified as Asian American, 12.6 percent as Latino, 10.5 percent as African American, and 2.3 percent as Native Americans and Native Hawaiians. The number of women applying to the College increased by 2.5 percent, comprising 49.9 percent of the total applicants. Applications for early action rose 5 percent this year to 6,473, and 14.5 percent, or 938 students, were admitted to the Class of 2021 representing a 5 percent increase in early applicants compared to the Class of 2020. Last year, 6,167 applied early, and 14.8 percent, or 914 students, were admitted.

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HARVARD UNIVERSITY REGULAR DECISION ADMISSIONS
Regular Decision Applications Accepted Regular Decision Applications Received Regular Decision Admissions Acceptance Rate
2021 1,118 33,033 3.38%
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
2021 2,056 39,506 5.20%
2020 2,037 39,041 5.22%
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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