Harvard University: Acceptance Rates & Statistics

Harvard Early Admissions

Harvard accepted 895 students to the Class of 2024 from a pool of 6,424 who applied early action for a rate of 13.9 percent. 9.6 percent of the admitted students are international and 10.1 percent are first-generation students. For the first time since the fall of 2013, the university’s early action pool posted a decline, with its early action pool decreasing by 7.7 percent. The 13.9 percent acceptance rate represents a 0.5 percent increase from last year. The early admission acceptance rate has not increased year-over-year since 2013. Dean Fitzsimmons takes a global view to explain the decrease, pointing to everything from wildfires in California (the number of early applicants from California declined nearly 17 percent) to school shootings and economic uncertainty to declining numbers of high school seniors. Women comprise 51.7 percent of the admitted class thus far, slightly more than last year, when women made up 51.3 percent of the early admit class. It seems that Harvard tipped in favor of women who are interested in the physical sciences and computer science. This year, 57.4 percent of admitted students who said they intend to concentrate in the physical sciences are women, compared to 52.9 percent last year and 33 percent the year before. For computer science, 49.1 percent of interested students are women, an increase from 42.9 percent last year, and 29 percent the year before.

Harvard Regular Decision Admissions

Harvard accepted 4.92 percent of applicants to its Class of 2024. This year, Harvard received a total of 40,248 applications compared to 43,330 for the Class of 2023. With 1,980 admitted students to the Class of 2024, the rate of admission increased from 4.50 to 4.92 percent for the combined SCEA and regular decision. In the early round, Harvard University received 6,424 applications and accepted 895, for an admit rate of 13.93%. The SCEA admit rate is substantially higher than the regular decision acceptance rate of below 3 percent.

Last year, Harvard accepted a record-low 4.50 percent of applicants to its Class of 2023. Harvard received a total of 43,330 applications compared to 42,749 for the Class of 2022 when the school admitted 1,962 students resulting in an overall admissions rate of 4.49 percent. With 1,950 admitted students to the Class of 2023, the rate of admission dropped to 4.50 percent for the combined SCEA and regular decision. In the early round, Harvard University received 6,958 applications and accepted 935, for an admit rate of 13.44 percent.

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