Harvard University is an Ivy League School and its admissions statistics make it one of the most competitive Ivy League Schools. Similar to the trends across all top schools, Harvard University acceptance rates have continued to decline over the past 8 years and will almost certainly continue to do so into the future.
The Class of 2021 was the single most challenging year to be admitted to Harvard University ever to date. For the Class of 2021, 39,506 students applied to Harvard University of which 2,056 students were accepted, yielding an overall acceptance rate of 5.2%. Overall applications increased by 1.2% over last year (2020 to 2021) from 39,041 to 39,506.
For the Class of 2021, 938 students were admitted through the early admissions process. Total early applications totaled 6,473, yielding an early acceptance rate of 14.5%. Early applications increased by 4.9% over last year (2020 to 2021) from 6,173 to 6,473.