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What’s new at Harvard University? 

  • For undergraduate courses, Harvard University will announce the admission decision for Regular Decision candidates by the End of March 2024. Also, the Round 2 admission decision for MBA applicants will be announced by Harvard by Mar 27, 2024
  • Harvard University's Harvard Business School ranks among the top 20 MBA universities in the world by FT MBA ranking in 2024.

Harvard University is one of the top universities in the world for international students to study abroad. To the Class of 2027, Harvard University admitted 3.41% of the applicants. This marks the second-lowest Harvard University acceptance rate in history. The acceptance rate justifies that Harvard University is extremely selective when it comes to admissions. As claimed by the university, there is no formula for gaining admission to Harvard University. Academic accomplishment is one of the main factors in order to be considered for admission, but, there are various other factors that the admission committee considers such as:

  • Community Involvement 
  • Leadership and Distinction in Extracurricular activities
  • Personal qualities
  • Character 

Also read: Why Harvard University Attracts Students in the World?

Harvard University Admissions 2024 Highlights

The most popular majors at Harvard University include Engineering; Psychology; Social Sciences; Computer and Information Sciences, etc. When it comes to housing, Harvard University offers apartments to full-time graduate students. We have mentioned below the Harvard Admissions 2024 highlights for international students:



Application Portal

UG: Common Application or Coalition

PG: Course-wise applicant portal

Application Fee

UG: $85

PG: Varies as per course

English Language Tests Accepted

TOEFL / IELTS / Duolingo / PTE Academic

Standardized Test Scores (PG)


International Application Deadlines


  • Restrictive Early Action: By Nov 01, 2023
  • Regular Decision: By Jan 01, 2024

PG: Varies as per course

Also read: Admission Intakes In the US Universities 2023-2024

Harvard University Cost & Courses 2024

There are over 100 bachelor's and master's Harvard University courses available for international students. The table given below can be referred to know about Harvard University fees for Indian students for some of the popular courses. 

Courses 1st Year Tuition Fees Duration & Eligibility
MIM (4 courses)
INR 18 L - 47 L
Duration: 9 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 - 7.5TOEFL: 100 & AboveDuolingo: 125 & AbovePTE: 70 & AboveGMATGRE
MS (16 courses)
INR 18 L - 72 L
Duration: 1 year-3 years
Exam AcceptedTOEFL: 80 - 103IELTS: 6.5 - 7.5Duolingo: 125 & AbovePTE: 70 & AboveGREGMAT
MBA/PGDM (6 courses)
INR 18 L - 62 L
Duration: 9 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 - 7.5TOEFL: 100 & AboveDuolingo: 125 & AbovePTE: 70 & AboveGMATGRE
BSc (17 courses)
INR 41 L - 45 L
Duration: 4 years
Exam AcceptedTOEFL
BA (24 courses)
INR 41 L - 45 L
Duration: 4 years
Exam AcceptedTOEFLSAT
MA (15 courses)
INR 17 L - 44 L
Duration: 12 months-3 years
Exam AcceptedTOEFL: 80 - 100IELTS: 6.5 - 7GREPTE: 70 & AboveDuolingo: 125 & Above
BE / BTech (5 courses)
INR 45 L
Duration: 4 years
Exam AcceptedTOEFL
LLM (1 course)
INR 59 L
Duration: 1 year
Exam AcceptedTOEFL: 100 & Above
Others UG (3 courses)
INR 41 L - 44 L
Duration: 4 years
Exam AcceptedTOEFL
MDes (2 courses)
INR 48 L
Duration: 2 years
Exam AcceptedTOEFL: 92 & Above
BBA (1 course)
INR 45 L
Duration: 4 years
Exam AcceptedTOEFL

Harvard University Application Deadlines for 2024

For first-year applicants, the Harvard University application deadlines are mentioned below for the Restrictive Early Action or Regular Decision.

Type of Deadline

Application Deadline

Admission Decision

Restrictive Early Action

Nov 01


Regular Decision

Jan 01

End of Mar

The application deadlines for graduate courses at Harvard University vary from program to program. The admission dates for Harvard University’s MBA program are given below:

Round (For Fall 2024)

Application Deadline

Admission Decision

Round 1

Sep 6, 2023

Dec 6, 2023

Round 2

Jan 3, 2024

Mar 27, 2024

Application dates for MBA 2024 2+2 deferred admission applicants are:

Application Period

Application Deadline

Admission Decision

2+2 Round

Apr 25, 2024 (submitted by 12 Noon Boston time)

Not announced yet

Harvard Admissions for Indian Students 2024

In order to get admission, a brief about Harvard University requirements for international students is given below:

First-Year Applicants

  • SAT or ACT scores (For those who want to submit, test-optional)
  • A strong knowledge of English is required to successfully study at Harvard. But, first-year applicants are not required to take an English language proficiency exam i.e. TOEFL / IELTS, etc. However, if they feel like they want to submit it, they can do so
  • School report and high school transcript
  • Two teacher recommendations
  • Mid-year school report and final school report (for admitted students only)


  • A 4-year undergraduate degree or its equivalent
  • GMAT / GRE test results
  • Academic transcripts
  • TOEFL / IELTS / PTE / Duolingo score
  • Two recommendation letter
  • Resume / CV

After the application submission, interviews are also conducted

Also Read: College / University Application Process for USA

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Harvard University Admission 2024 FAQs

Q:   How to get admission to Harvard University?


As such, there is no formula for getting admission to Harvard University. Though, academic accomplishment in high school is important for admissions here, the Admissions Committee also considers other factors too such as community involvement, leadership and distinction in extra-curricular activities, and personal qualities and character. Harvard relies on teachers, counselors, and alumni to share information about an applicant’s strength of character, his / her ability to overcome hardships, and other qualities.


Q:   Is it too hard to get into Harvard?


With an acceptance rate of 3.41%, it is very tough to get admission to Harvard University. The university is highly selective and the chances of getting admitted increase if your grades are at the top and your extra-curricular activities align with Harvard’s values. In short, to get into Harvard, you need a high GPA, high-standardized test scores (if applicable), involvement in extra-curricular activities, good essays, etc. Harvard College admitted 3.41% of applicants to the class of 2027, making the second-the lowest admission rate in the history of the college. For the Class of 2027, Harvard College has offered regular admission to 1,220 applicants, with 1,942 admitted in total. The total number of applications for the Class of 2027 was 56,937.

Also Check: Harvard University Acceptance Rate for International Students 


Q:   Can I apply to Harvard after 12th?


To get into the undergraduate courses of Harvard University, all the international first-year applicants must complete their applications and submit the following with it:

  • Harvard College questions
  • SAT or ACT scores (if applicable)
  • School report and a high school report
  • Two teacher reports
  • Mid-year school report
  • Final school report (for admitted students only)

Q:   How can I get admission to Harvard for MBA?


Harvard University admission requirements for MBA course are given below: 


Q:   What is the GMAT score required for Harvard?


Along with the application for the MBA course at Harvard University, the applicants are required to submit the report of GMAT or GRE. However, note that as such, there is no minimum GMAT or GRE score required to apply at Harvard and the university does not give preference toward one test or another. But, the MBA class of 2024 has a median GMAT score of total of 730.


Q:   What is the maximum salary for Harvard MBA?


According to the data of the class of 2023, 73% of students sought employment. Out of this, 86% received an offer and 80% accepted an offer. The median base salary was $175,000 and the median signing bonus was $30,000. Some of the industries that were most popular among students included Consulting, Health Care, Private Equity, Technology, Venture Capital, Hedge Fund, etc.


Q:   How do I get into Harvard for CSE Masters?


Check the Harvard University University admission requirements for Harvard University MS in CSE: 

  • A bachelor’s degree in the relevant field
  • Completed application form
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Academic Transcripts
  • CV or Resume
  • TOEFL / IELTS score report

Q:   Is a GRE score necessary for admission to Harvard University's MS in Computational Science and Engineering course?


No, the applicants are not required to submit the GRE score report to Harvard University if they want to take admission to MS in Computational Science and Engineering. Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences neither accepts General GRE scores nor subject test GRE for MS in Computational Science and Engineering course. Applicants who want to take admission into this course should not submit official or unofficial GRE scores and must not submit the same anywhere in their application materials.


Q:   How much will a Masters in Computational Science and Engineering at Harvard cost?


The first-year tuition fee for MS in Computational Science and Engineering at Harvard University will be around INR 50 lakhs. Some of the other expenses in the first year will be of accommodation and meals, insurance, books and supplies, etc. All of the other expenses included in the first-year will account for INR 19 lakh.


Q:   How can I get admission to Harvard for LLM?


Admission to LLM program at Harvard University is highly competitive. Each year, around 1600 applicants compete for around 180 places in the LLM program. 

Harvard University admission requirements for LLM course are: 

  • The applicants must have a J.D. (Juris Doctor) from an ABA approved US Law School or a first-law degree (J.D., LLB or equivalent) from a foreign law school
  • While evaluating the applications, the Committee of Harvard University takes into consideration the applicant’s grades and rank in their law and other university studies, occupational interests, letters of recommendation, professional and personal achievements, and other factors. 

Q:   Can I do LLM from Harvard University?


The LLM course at Harvard University is a one-year degree programme that usually includes 180 students from some 65 countries. This programme is interested in attracting intellectually thoughtful and curious candidates from a wide array of legal systems and backgrounds and with various career plans. LLM students of Harvard University include lawyers working in firms, law professors, government officials, human rights activists, business people, and others.

Q:   What is the fees for LLM at Harvard?


A year of an LLM programme at Harvard’s Law School is expensive. Check the 2023-24 academic year budget from the table given below:

ParticularsAmount (USD)
TuitionUSD 73,600
Health Insurance and Health Services FeesUSD 5,528
Activities FeesUSD 400
Rent and UtilitiesUSD 17,100
FoodUSD 5,850
Personal ExpensesUSD 5,647
Books & SuppliesUSD 1,650
TravelUSD 1,725

Q:   Is Harvard University expensive for Indians?


Getting into Harvard University can be challenging but the university provides financial aid to international students. So, the total estimated cost of attendance at Harvard College shall be lower as Harvard provides financial aid or scholarships. Check Harvard University fees for indian students from the table given below: 

Expenses2023-24 Cost of Attendance
TuitionUSD 54,269
FeesUSD 4,807
HousingUSD 12,424
FoodUSD 7,950

Other Expenses

ExpensesAmount in USD 
Estimated personal expensesUSD 2,500
Estimated booksUSD 1,000
Estimated transport costsUSD 0 - USD 4,500

Additionally, health insurance is required at a cost of USD 4,120 (for 2023-24) unless students are covered in their family’s health plan

Read: Cost of Living in USA for International Students 


Q:   Which famous Indians studied at Harvard?


Some of the Indians who studied at Harvard are:

  • Rahul Bajaj
  • Kapil Sibal
  • Ratan Tata
  • Anand Mahindra
  • P. Chidambaram

Q:   What subjects is Harvard known for?


According to U.S. News & World Report, the most popular majors at Harvard University include Social Sciences; Mathematics, General; Computer and Information Sciences, General; History, Physical Sciences; Psychology; Engineering, etc.


Q:   Can I apply to Harvard without SAT?


For the Harvard College classes of 2027-2030, students can apply for admission without standardized test scores, meaning without SAT or ACT scores. But, you can submit the standardized test scores but, those who will not submit these scores will not be at a disadvantage. Harvard University is consistent with its whole-person admission process and the standardized tests are one of the factors among many others. The accomplishments of students in and out of the classroom during the high school years like extracurricular activities, community involvement, family responsibilities, etc. are considered too.


Q:   What is the difference between Harvard College and Harvard University?


Harvard College is the undergraduate core of Harvard University. It only awards bachelor’s degrees and is one of the oldest institute of higher education. All graduate and professional degrees are conferred by Harvard University. All the graduate and professional schools maintain their own admissions offices and teaching faculties, and are run independently of Harvard College.


Q:   What are the study habits of top students at Harvard University?


According to the reviews of the alumni of Harvard University on an unofficial source, students who had high GPAs, they followed the below-given habits:

  • Minimizing distractions: Studying at a library or any other quiet space was important, especially at the time of lengthy reading of books or writing essays
  • Asking for help from Teaching Assistants: Even if students have missed lectures, they would make sure to go to TAs to ask for help for the sections in which they want to gain some insights and need some solution to problem sets or essays
  • Discipline: Usually, the top students at Harvard University are extremely disciplined. They are used to studying even if they do not feel like studying

Q:   What do I need to get into Harvard for MS Data Science?


Harvard University admission requirements for MS in Data Science course are:

  • Online application form
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Academic transcripts
  • CV / resume
  • English language proficiency score report
  • Any other additional document
  • No GRE score is required

Selection Criteria

There is no formal requirement for master’s courses at Harvard University. However, successful applicants do need to have sufficient background in Computer Science, Math and Statistics. Also, the applicants must have fluency in one programming language and knowledge of Calculus, Statistical Inference, and Linear Algebra

Harvard looks for candidates who have demonstrated a capacity for Advanced Computational work by:

  • Excelling courses in Computer Science, Math, Statistics or Scientific Computing;
  • Exploring Computational or Statistical approaches in undergraduate research
  • Or through distinct professional accomplishment

Q:   How can I get into Harvard University if I am currently studying in India?


According to some of student reviews at an unofficial source, the following are the key points that Indian students have to keep in mind if they want to get into Harvard University:

  • Focus on Academics: Try to ace your academics. Get good marks in the standardized tests (as required), school examinations, Olympiad tests, etc. In short, have a stellar academic record
  • Extra-curriculars: Choose any activity as per hobbies and be the best. For instance, if you like debating, try to win some of the international debates, etc.
  • Sports: If you can represent India abroad and manage to win, it will boost your Harvard University application considerably

Q:   How to apply for Harvard Master's in Data Science?


To apply to Harvard MSc in Data Science, the applicants are required to apply through the designated application link mentioned on the official website. Harvard University admission requirements for MSc in Data Science are given below:

  • Online application form
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Academic transcripts
  • CV or resume
  • TOEFL / IELTS score report
  • Any other application material

Harvard University expects from applicants to have a knowledge of Calculus and Linear Algebra; familiarity with Probability and Statistical Inference; Fluency in at least one programming language such as Python or R, and understanding of basic Computer Science concepts.


Q:   How can I get into Harvard Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Finance?


Harvard University admission requirements for Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Finance include having a 4-year bachelor’s degree or its foreign equivalent. Students need to submit the English language proficiency score too. The application requires materials like academic transcripts, updated resume, personal statement, any other additional document (as applicable).


Q:   Which MBA is better for Indian - IIM A or Harvard Business School (HBS)? What kind of placements does HBS provide for Indians?


Harvard MBA and IIM A MBA both have their own strengths and are suited for different career paths. A comparison for both the MBAs are given below:


  • Significant to the Indian market: IIM-A is focused on the Indian market, offering students with a deep understanding of the local business environment and the unique challenges and opportunities it presents
  • Cost-Effective: When compared with Harvard Business School, attending IIM-A is more cost-effective, therefore, making it more accessible to many Indian students

Harvard Business School

  • Cutting-edge curriculum: HBS has a strong reputation for innovation and thought leadership in the business world, providing students with access to the latest thinking and best practices in their fields
  • Global reputation: HBS is one of the most prestigious business schools in the world, offering students with access to a powerful alumni network and a wealth of global business opportunities

When it comes to placements, both IIM-A and HBS have strong track records of placing graduates in top companies, both in India and around the world. IIM-A may offer opportunities in the Indian markets, whereas, HBS may offer global opportunities and exposure to multinational companies.

Eventually, the choice to study whether at IIM-A or HBS will depend on a student’s career goals, budget and personal preference.


Q:   What is the big difference between Harvard University and any other university in the world? How is Harvard's teaching quality so superior?


According to student alumni of Harvard University, here are some things that distinguish Harvard University from all the other universities in the world:

  • Harvard University will help you meet new people and have a good network
  • Apart from the academics, almost what students learn is from outside of the class
  • Many professors at Harvard University are Nobel prize holders. In short, the professors are leaders in their respective fields
  • There are over 500 student organizations at Harvard University, allowing students to take interest in their passions apart from studies

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