Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

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A Harvard College education has limitless possibilities.

Thousands of diverse courses, taught by esteemed faculty members and augmented by Harvard’s unparalleled resources, will take you as far as your imagination allows. Equipped with more than 50 different fields of study and 3,700 courses, Harvard encourages you to think broadly while also specializing in one area.

Multicultural diversity
Our students represent all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. When they come to Harvard, they bring their talent, curiosity, and intelligence. They also bring their perspectives on the world—an understanding that’s deeply tied to their cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. The result is a diverse, open-minded community where dialogue and debate are not only encouraged—they're inevitable. 

We seek to enroll students of all backgrounds and beliefs who’ll learn from and with one another. Traits like integrity, maturity, strength of character, and concern for others play a significant role in our evaluations. More importantly, they’re integral to a successful Harvard education.

Harvard has more than 50 cultural, ethnic, and international organizations. We also have groups representing dozens of religious and political perspectives. Throughout the year, these groups sponsor events and activities celebrating their identities and beliefs. Often these are open to the entire Harvard community, adding to the richness of life on campus.

The Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program student coordinators can answer your questions about academic, extracurricular, and residential life at Harvard. Contact them at umrp@fas.harvard.edu.

We hope to enroll students who’ll educate each other in a variety of campus settings—academic, extracurricular, and social. Some candidates will demonstrate extraordinary promise in academic or research endeavors. Some will show uncommon talent in other areas such as leadership, performing arts, or athletics. Most of our students combine the best of both scholastic and extracurricular achievement. Personal qualities—such as integrity, maturity, strength of character, and concern for others—also play an important part in our holistic evaluation. 

You should apply using the Common Application, Coalition Application, or Universal Application. If paying the application fee of $75 would cause a hardship for your family, please request a fee waiver—don’t let it prevent you from applying! Normally, applicants submit either the SAT or ACT (with or without the writing portion), and we usually require two SAT Subject Tests. This year, Harvard College will allow students to apply for admission to the Class of 2025 without submitting standardized test scores. Students who don’t submit standardized testing this coming year won’t be disadvantaged in the application process. The Admissions Committee will consider your test results in light of your educational opportunities. You may apply under our Restrictive Early Action program (materials due November 1) or during Regular Decision (materials due January 1).



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Harvard Fast Facts

• Applying for financial aid doesn’t jeopardize any student’s chance for admission, including international applicants.
• Financial aid at Harvard is entirely need based, and we’re committed to meeting the full demonstrated need of all students.
• No contribution is expected from parents with incomes under $65,000. Parents with annual incomes between $65,000–$150,000 are asked to contribute 0%–10% of their income.
• 51% of the student body is Asian American, Black, Latinx, or Native American, and 14% are first-generation students.
• Close to 60% of Harvard families pay an average of only $11,650 per year—about 20% pay nothing!

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I never realized the importance of having a cultural community until I came to a place as diverse as Harvard.”

    • Cayla ’21