Harvard University

Harvard University is located on an urban campus in Boston. It has around 7,000 undergraduate students, about 12% of whom are from other countries, and accepts approximately 13% of early-decision applicants and 3% of regular-decision applicants.

The SAT or ACT is required at Harvard for international students. Competitive scores* range from 1460 to 1580 on the SAT and from 33 to 35 on the ACT. Harvard does not require international students to take the TOEFL, but students can send their scores if they wish.

Harvard meets students’ full need with financial aid and is need-blind in admissions for international students (those who request financial assistance are not less likely to be admitted). The average financial-aid award for international students is approximately US$65,000 per year. Harvard does not offer merit-based scholarships to international students.

* Half of admitted students score within this range. Twenty-five percent of students score below it and 25 percent score above it.