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Harvard University Transfers: 2020 Requirements, Dates, GPAs & More

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This is the complete guide for transferring to Harvard University. We suggest you read until the end...

I get it - transferring colleges can be confusing, time-consuming and overwhelming. You are not alone. In fact, more than 700,000 students transfer colleges every year.

What are the transfer requirements for Harvard University?

Harvard University requires a number of completed documents for consideration. The table below summarizes the most important pieces of information:

Admission Item Required?
High School Transcript Required of All
College Transcript Required of All
Essay or Personal Statement Required of All
Interview Not Required
Standardized Test Scores Required of All
Statement of Good Standing from Prior Institution Required of All

In addition to the above requirements, Harvard University also requires a minimum number of credits completed to apply to be a transfer student.

Harvard University requires a minimum of 4 credits.

What are Harvard University’s Transfer Deadlines?

Many universities accept transfer applications during each semester. For this reason, we break down Harvard University transfer deadline by fall, winter, spring and summer.

Closing Date Reported Deadline
Fall Transfer Deadline March 1
Winter Transfer Deadline -
Spring Transfer Deadline -
Summer Transfer Deadline -

Waiting until the last minute to finalize your application could result in a silly mistake.

We recommend you complete your application at least 1 week before the required deadline.

In fact, take a full 2 day break from looking at anything related to your application and then come back to look for errors. I bet you’ll find a few 😉

When are decision dates for Harvard University transfer applicants?

If you applied to transfer to Harvard University on or before the reported deadlines then you should have your decision date by the notification dates in the below table.

Deadline Notification Dates
Fall Transfer Deadline June 15
Winter Transfer Deadline -
Spring Transfer Deadline -
Summer Transfer Deadline -

Note this data is current as of 2019 and to the best of our knowledge this hasn’t changed.

What is Harvard University’s transfer acceptance rate?

In 2019, Harvard University received 1548 transfer applicants.

The school accepted 15 students. Therefore, the transfer acceptance rate for Harvard University is 0.97%.

This indicates how hard it is to transfer into Harvard University...

Additionally, of the 15 accepted transfer students, 13 students enrolled - that means the yield was 86.67%.

Harvard University accepts 1 out of every 100 transfer applicants.

What are the Harvard University transfer GPA requirements?

Harvard University requires a minimum college GPA of 4.18 - this is on a 5.0 point scale.

Will you enjoy transferring to Harvard University?

There are a lot of reasons to transfer to Harvard University. Maybe your plan has always been to attend community college, and then move to a four year college to save money while completing your degree.

Maybe you had a bad experience at your first school - don’t worry this is more common than you think.

Or perhaps you’re drawn to Cambridge...

Regardless of your reason for transferring, you’re already enrolled at another college or university so you know that the most important element in your college experience is the people and community

Finding success at Harvard University is dependent on feeling comfortable - will you be able to find a place to find home and grow?

These are the questions that numbers and data cannot answer, but CampusReel can.

If you’re considering transferring to Harvard University then I highly recommend that you watch the school’s videos on CampusReel. These are real students with real stories.

Final Verdict: How to transfer into Harvard University

Let’s wrap up everything we’ve learned.
Harvard University accepts 0.97% transfer applicants, which is competitive.

To have a shot at transferring into Harvard University, you should have a current GPA of at least 4.18 - ideally you’re GPA will be around 4.35. In addition, you will need to submit standardized test scores.

The below tables show the SAT and ACT breakdown of Harvard University students.

25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
SAT Math 720 800 760
SAT Reading 710 800 755
2018 Total SAT Score 1430 1600 1515
25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
ACT Math 31 - 31
ACT Reading 33 35 34
2018 Total ACT Score 64 35 49

Harvard University’s average SAT score is 1515. To be a competitive applicant for Harvard University your SAT score should come close to the average - for the ACT you should be aiming for the equivalent.

If you’re considering transferring to Harvard University, you may also want to consider the schools:

Transfering to Yale University
Transfering to Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Transfering to Tufts University
Transfering to Dartmouth College
Transfering to Brown University