Your question: What type of students does Harvard look for?

Do I need straight A’s to get into Harvard?

Average GPA: 4.18

With a GPA of 4.18, Harvard requires you to be at the top of your class. You’ll need nearly straight A’s in all your classes to compete with other applicants. Furthermore, you should be taking hard classes – AP or IB courses – to show that college-level academics is a breeze.

Does Harvard look at middle school grades?

No, Harvard, or any other college, will not even see your Junior High/Middle School transcript. They only request High School grades. Colleges start counting grades in the 9th grade. The most important grades considered by admissions officers are grades ten, eleven and twelve.

Does Harvard send everyone letters?

For the Class of 2018, Harvard sent out more than 114,000 letters and admitted 2,047 students. Almost half of those who qualified for a recruiting letter were members of underrepresented minorities. … But despite the growth in applications, the share of admitted students who were black stayed the same.

Is Harvard really hard to get into?

With an admission rate of 4.0%, Harvard ranks as the third most difficult school to get into. This rate reflects admission into Harvard’s undergraduate school, Harvard College. Some schools at Harvard are even more competitive, such as Harvard Medical School.

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Can I apply to Harvard for fun?

Yes, Harvard accepts some really accomplished students but they also take kids who are just nice, hardworking kids. The old adage is that your chances of getting in are much higher if you apply. Definitely apply because you never know what’ll happen!

How can I get into Harvard with bad grades?

Earn high ACT or SAT scores. Use ACT/SAT study guides, study groups and school and community resources to prepare for the tests and score as high as you can. Have your scores sent to Harvard from the testing board. Highlight your extracurricular activities, especially those in which you held leadership roles.