Admissions 2019 in Brief

Applications for admission to Harvard College’s Class of 2023 reached 43,330, an increase of 1.4 percent from the 42,749 applicants for the Class of 2022.  Admitted were 1,950 students; 935 were Early Action.

At this time, women and men each comprise about 50 percent of the class. Prospective social science concentrators constitute 26.1 percent; 19 percent are interested in the biological sciences, 16 percent in the humanities, 10.5 percent in engineering, 7.6 percent in computer science, 7 percent in the physical sciences, 6.8 percent in mathematics, and 7.1 percent are undecided.  Notably, the Class of 2023 will see six veterans admitted and 41 students who expressed interest in ROTC. In recent years, Harvard has increased its efforts to recruit individuals who have served in the U.S. military, working with groups affiliated with the Defense Department and joining the Service to School’s VetLink program in 2017.

This year’s admitted class hails from every state and from 89 countries throughout the world.  International citizens make up 12.3 percent of the class, and 8.9 percent are U.S. dual citizens; 21.7 percent come from the mid-Atlantic states, 19.6 percent are from the South, 17.3 percent from the Western and mountain states, 16.6 percent from New England, 11.8 percent from the Midwest, and 13 percent from the U.S territories and abroad.

Asian Americans make up 25.6 percent of the class, African Americans 13.1, Latinx 11.8 percent, and Native Americans and Native Hawaiians 2.2 percent. International students constitute 13.1 percent of the class.

The total cost of attendance (including tuition, room, board, and fees) is scheduled to increase by 3 percent, to $69,607 for the 2019–2020 academic year. More than half of the entering class applied for financial aid; 20 percent qualified for the low-income portion of the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative; more than 23.3 percent requested application fee waivers; and 14.5 percent are first-generation college students.