Students pass in front of Harvard's Widener Library on October 10, 2003 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Students on Harvard’s campus.William B. Plowman/Getty ImagesHarvard is one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts, school accepted just 5.2% of roughly 40,000 applications for its class of 2021. As Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust said in 2014, “We could fill our class twice over with valedictorians.”

The school seeks out students who not only have high grades, but also have outstanding achievements under their belts — from overcoming homelessness to starting their own nonprofits. The students who manage to catch the attention of admissions officers overcome exceptional odds, but they should probably maintain some perspective.

Many things in life — for instance, landing a job at some Walmart locations — are even harder to achieve than getting into that prestigious university.