Harvard releases its freshman decisions in late March, including acceptance, rejection and waiting list notifications. Applicants invited to accept a place on the waiting list are notified by July 1 of the final admission decision.
Harvard employs a waiting list to provide coverage for vacancies in the incoming class created by accepted applicants choosing not to attend the school. Wait-listed applicants fulfill the requirements for admission, but are not included in the initial wave of acceptances. While the chances of being admitted to the university after being placed on the waiting list are low, the Harvard admissions office typically aims to accept between 50 and 125 additional students from the list, according to the Harvard Crimson.