Tuition & Fees

$50,420

$50,420

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
87%
600-699
12%
500-599
1%
700-800
88%
600-699
11%
500-599
1%
700-800
81%
600-699
17%
500-599
2%
30-36
93%
24-29
7%
30-36
82%
24-29
18%
30-36
93%
24-29
7%
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undergraduateRatios

52%

male

48%

female

1

teacher

6

students

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Extremely Selective

5%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,037
Declined + 37,469
Total Received 39,506
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Private (nonprofit)

6,766

undergraduate students

4,402

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Economics
  2. Political Science/government
  3. Computer Science
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Codes

SAT 3434
ACT 1840

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Fun Facts

  • The first reinforced concrete structure in the world was Harvard University's stadium.
  • Harvard University is, by many accounts, the oldest college in the United States. It is also the first and oldest corporation in the United States.
  • Tommy Lee Jones and Al Gore were freshman roommates at Harvard University.
  • Since 1970, Harvard University has had a policy that doesn't allow commercial filming to take place on campus.
  • Though Harvard University prohibits filming on campus, the same flyover shot of the school appears in the movies Road Trip and Old School.
  • Edward Kennedy, brother of JFK and future US senator, scored the only touchdown for Harvard University when they played Yale in 1955.
  • While at Harvard University as an undergraduate, Conan O'Brien wrote for its comedy publication, The Harvard Lampoon.
  • Depending on what you're counting, at least 27 and up to 134 Nobel Prize Laureates are somehow affiliated with Harvard University (as of February 2017).

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Location

School Facts

Harvard University, founded in 1636, is a private, Ivy League university. Radcliffe was established for women in 1879; all classes and facilities are now coeducational. The campus is located in Cambridge, across the Charles River from Boston. Campus architecture ranges from Bulfinch to H.H. Richardson to Le Corbusier.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 11,168
Established in 1636
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Accredited by •  NEASC (New England Assn. of Schools and Colleges)

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Cambridge, MA

Urban campus in Cambridge (population: 110,651), three miles from Boston; medical school campus in Boston. Major airport, bus, and train serve Boston. School operates transportation to medical school area, to Boston, and around Cambridge. Public transportation serves campus.

Harvard University
86 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
98%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
100%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
95%
Top 1/4
99%
Top 1/2
100%
Bottom 1/2
0%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
87%
600-699
12%
500-599
1%
700-800
88%
600-699
11%
500-599
1%
700-800
81%
600-699
17%
500-599
2%
30-36
93%
24-29
7%
30-36
82%
24-29
18%
30-36
93%
24-29
7%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $75
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 1
School has early decision program no
School has early action program yes
Early action program application deadline November 1
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Uknown
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Required
SAT or ACT Required

Extremely Selective

5%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,037
Declined + 37,469
Total Received 39,506

Admissions Factors

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Geographical residence
Interview
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores
Work Experience

Not Considered

Class rank
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

Not Considered

Minority affiliation
Volunteer Work

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Admissions Contact

David Evans
Senior Admissions Officer
P: 617 495-1551
F: 617 495-8821
college@fas.harvard.edu

Financial Aid

100%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$53,730

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $46,340
Room $10,609
Board $6,551
Additional fees $4,080
Books & supplies $1,000
Total $68,580
Average Financial Aid - $53,730
Total with Avg. Aid $14,850
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement

Business/Farm Supplement

Other

Financial Aid Office

P: 617 495-1581
F: 617 496-0256

Financial Aid Officer

Janet Irons
Associate Director

Varsity Sports

M W
Alpine skiing
archery
badminton
baseball
basketball
boxing
cheerleading
crew
cricket
cross-country
diving
fencing
field hockey
football
golf
ice hockey
lacrosse
rugby
sailing
soccer
softball
squash
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
ultimate Frisbee
volleyball
water polo
weight lifting
wrestling
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Athletic Directors

Bob Scalise (men's)
Athletic Director
email

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
ECAC, Ivy Group, Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association, Collegiate Water Polo Association
Mascot
Crimson
School colors
crimson and white

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
African/African-American Studies
Anthropology
Applied Mathematics
Astronomy/Astrophysics
Biomedical Sciences
Cellular/Molecular Biology
Chemical/Physical Biology
Chemistry
Chemistry/Physics
Classics
Comparative Studies of Religion
Computer Science
Earth/Planetary Sciences
East Asian Studies
Economics
Engineering Science
English/American Language/Literature
Environmental Sciences
Folklore/Mythology
German
Government
History
History of Art/Architecture
History of Science
History/Literature
Human Developmental/Regenerative Biology
Human Evolutionary Biology
Linguistics
Literature
Mathematics
Music
Near Eastern Languages/Civilizations
Neurobiology
Organismic/Evolutionary Biology
Philosophy
Physics
Psychology
Romance Languages/Literature
Slavic Languages/Literature
Social Studies
Sociology
South Asian Studies
Statistics
Visual/Environmental Studies
Women's Studies
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Most Popular Majors

  1. Economics
  2. Political Science/government
  3. Computer Science

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Self-designed majors

11,168

total students

16%

in-state

84%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

61%

6,766
students

Female
48%
3,226

Male
52%
3,540

39%

4,402
students

Female
45%
1,986

Male
55%
2,416

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

99%

6,764
students

Female
48%
3,225

Male
52%
3,539

1%

2
students

Female
50%
1

Male
50%
1

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Student Break-down

11%
Nonresident aliens
8%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
21%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
11%
Hispanic/Latino
40%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
7%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

1%

Transfer applicants accepted

75%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Required of All
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: March 1

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

8

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

8

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

Not Reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Other
  • Reader services
  • Special transportation
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors
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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 107
Countries most often represented Australia
Canada
China
India
South Korea
The United Kingdom
Special services offered for international applicants Host family program
International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Robin M. Worth
International Admissions Director
617 496 6923
intladm@fas.harvard.edu

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