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Harvard accepted 935 or 13.44 percent of the 6,958 early applicants to the Class of 2023. The size of the early action pool increased by 328 students and the acceptance rate decreased by 1.10 percent. Last year, Harvard’s Early Action program admitted 964 students or 14.54 percent of the 6,630 early applicants to the Class of 2022.


Harvard accepted a record-low 4.59 percent of applicants to its Class of 2022. This year, Harvard received a total of 42,749 applications compared to 39,506 for the Class of 2021 when the school admitted 2,056 students resulting in an overall admissions rate of 5.20 percent.  With 1,962 admitted students to the Class of 2022, the rate of admission dropped to 4.59 percent for the combined SCEA and regular decision. In the early round, Harvard University received 6,630 applications and accepted 964, for an admit rate of 14.54%. SCEA admit rate is substantially higher than the regular decision acceptance rate of below 3 percent.

The percentage of minority admits rose across racial groups relative to last year’s levels. A record 15.5 percent of admitted students are African American, up from last year’s 14.6 percent. Latino admits increased to 12.2 percent from last year’s 11.6 percent. Native American admits grew marginally this year to 2 percent, up from last year’s 1.9 percent. Asian American admits went up to a record 22.7 percent, compared to last year’s 22.2 percent.

Harvard’s acceptance rate of 4.59 percent was higher than the rate at Stanford, which admitted only 4.30 percent of applicants. Harvard’s percentage was lower, however, than those of its peers in the Ivy League.

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