Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

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Tuition & Fees

$54,002

not including housing and food

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undergraduateRatios

49%

male

51%

female

6

students

1

faculty

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Extremely Selective

5%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,015
Declined 38,233
Total Received 40,248
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Private

14,431

undergraduate students

26,593

graduate students

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Location

School Facts

Founded in 1636, Harvard University is a private, Ivy League institution. Radcliffe was established for women in 1879; all classes and facilities are now coeducational. It's 5,000-acre campus is located in Cambridge, across the Charles River from Boston. Campus architecture ranges from Bulfinch to H.H. Richardson to Le Corbusier.

Official website Visit website
Application link Apply online
Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 41,024
Established in 1636
Coeducational Coeducational

Urban campus in Cambridge (population: 113,630), 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.

  • Campus Setting: Small-medium city

Harvard University
86 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA
02138

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
98%
of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
100%
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

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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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
93%
Top 1/4
98%
Top 1/2
100%

Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

75th
780
25th
720
75th
800
25th
740
75th
36
25th
35
75th
35
25th
31
75th
35
25th
33

Admissions Facts

Application fee $75
Admissions interview (required or recommended) Uknown
Common application accepted Yes
Application deadline (final deadline) January 1
School has early action program Yes
Early action program application deadline November 1
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required SAT Subject Tests Required

Extremely Selective

5%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,015
Declined 38,233
Total Received 40,248

Admissions Factors

Required

Recommendations
Admission test scores
Secondary School Record

Recommended

Secondary School Rank
Secondary School GPA

Neither required nor recommended

Completion of college-preparatory program
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
Formal demonstration of competencies
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

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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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Financial Aid

42%

Of undergraduate students
receiving financial aid

$52,257

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $49,653
Housing $11,364
Food $7,025
Additional fees $4,349
Books & supplies $900
Total $73,291
Average Financial Aid - $52,257
Total with Avg. Aid $21,034

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $9,166,673
State $586,678
Institutional $192,291,828
Other external $5,414,301
Total $207,459,480

Non-need-based

Federal $1,644,518
State $2,500
Institutional $327,164
Other external $5,950,350
Total $7,924,532

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Financial Aid Office


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

Varsity Sports

M W
All track combined yes yes
Baseball yes
Basketball yes yes
Fencing yes yes
Field hockey yes
Football yes
Golf yes yes
Ice hockey yes yes
Lacrosse yes yes
Other sports yes
Rowing yes yes
Sailing yes yes
Skiing yes yes
Soccer yes yes
Softball yes
Squash yes yes
Swimming and diving yes yes
Tennis yes yes
Volleyball yes yes
Water polo yes yes
Wrestling yes

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Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
ECAC, Ivy Group, Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association, Collegiate Water Polo Association

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General. yes yes
African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. yes
African-American/Black Studies. yes yes yes
American History (United States). yes yes
American/United States Studies/Civilization. yes yes
Ancient Studies/Civilization. yes yes
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature. yes
Anthropology, General. yes yes yes
Anthropology, Other. yes
Applied Mathematics, General. yes yes yes
Arabic Language and Literature. yes
Archeology. yes
Architectural History and Criticism, General. yes yes
Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology. yes
Architecture. yes yes
Art History, Criticism and Conservation. yes yes yes
Asian History. yes
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other. yes yes
Astronomy. yes yes
Astrophysics. yes yes yes
Atomic/Molecular Physics. yes yes
Behavioral Aspects of Health. yes yes
Behavioral Sciences. yes yes yes
Biochemistry. yes yes yes
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering. yes yes
Bioethics/Medical Ethics. yes
Bioinformatics. yes
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other. yes yes
Biology/Biological Sciences, General. yes yes yes
Biomedical Sciences, General. yes yes
Biophysics. yes yes
Biostatistics. yes yes
Biotechnology. yes yes
Bosnian, Serbian, and Croatian Languages and Literatures. yes
Business Administration and Management, General. yes yes
Business/Commerce, General. yes
Business/Managerial Economics. yes yes
Caribbean Studies. yes
Cell Biology and Anatomy. yes
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology. yes
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology. yes yes yes
Celtic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. yes yes yes
Chemical Physics. yes
Chemistry, General. yes yes yes
Chemistry, Other. yes
Chinese Language and Literature. yes
City/Urban, Community, and Regional Planning. yes yes
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean, and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology. yes yes
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other. yes
Clinical Psychology. yes
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics. yes
Comparative Literature. yes yes yes
Computational Biology. yes
Computational Mathematics. yes
Computer Engineering, General. yes
Computer Science. yes yes yes
Computer Software Engineering. yes
Computer and Information Sciences, General. yes
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services. yes
Creative Writing. yes
Curriculum and Instruction. yes
Dental Clinical Sciences, General. yes
Dental Public Health and Education. yes
Design and Applied Arts, Other. yes
Developmental Biology and Embryology. yes yes
Digital Arts. yes
Divinity/Ministry. yes
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General. yes yes
East Asian Studies. yes yes yes
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics. yes yes yes
Economics, General. yes yes yes
Education Policy Analysis. yes
Education, General. yes yes yes
Education, Other. yes
Educational Evaluation and Research. yes
Educational Leadership and Administration, General. yes yes
Educational Psychology. yes yes
Educational/Instructional Technology. yes
Electrical and Electronics Engineering. yes
Endodontics/Endodontology. yes yes
Engineering Design. yes
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics. yes yes
Engineering Science. yes yes yes
English Language and Literature, General. yes yes yes
Environmental Health. yes yes
Environmental Studies. yes yes
Epidemiology. yes yes
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other. yes
European History. yes
Evolutionary Biology. yes yes yes
Experimental Psychology. yes yes yes
Film/Cinema/Media Studies. yes yes yes
Finance, General. yes
Fine/Studio Arts, General. yes
Folklore Studies. yes
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General. yes
French Language and Literature. yes yes
Gay/Lesbian Studies. yes
Genetics, General. yes
Genome Sciences/Genomics. yes
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other. yes
Geology/Earth Science, General. yes yes yes
German Language and Literature. yes yes yes
German Studies. yes
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other. yes
Health Policy Analysis. yes yes
Health Services Administration. yes
Health/Health Care Administration/Management. yes
Hebrew Language and Literature. yes
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration. yes
Hindi Language and Literature. yes
Historic Preservation and Conservation, Other. yes
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. yes yes yes
History, General. yes yes yes
History, Other. yes
Human Nutrition. yes yes
Humanities/Humanistic Studies. yes
Immunology. yes
Indonesian/Malay Languages and Literatures. yes
Information Science/Studies. yes
International Relations and Affairs. yes
International and Comparative Education. yes
Islamic Studies. yes
Italian Language and Literature. yes
Japanese Language and Literature. yes
Journalism. yes
Korean Language and Literature. yes
Landscape Architecture. yes
Latin Language and Literature. yes yes yes
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other. yes
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies. yes yes yes
Linguistics. yes yes yes
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other. yes
Mathematics Teacher Education. yes
Mathematics, General. yes yes yes
Mechanical Engineering. yes
Medical Informatics. yes yes
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology. yes yes
Medical Science/Scientist. yes
Medieval and Renaissance Studies. yes yes
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other. yes
Microbiology and Immunology. yes yes
Modern Greek Language and Literature. yes yes
Multicultural Education. yes
Museology/Museum Studies. yes
Music Performance, General. yes
Music, General. yes yes yes
Natural Sciences. yes
Near and Middle Eastern Studies. yes yes yes
Neurobiology and Anatomy. yes yes yes
Neuroscience. yes
Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. yes
Organizational Behavior Studies. yes yes
Orthodontics/Orthodontology. yes yes
Philosophy. yes yes yes
Physical and Biological Anthropology. yes yes
Physics, General. yes yes yes
Planetary Astronomy and Science. yes yes yes
Polish Language and Literature. yes
Political Science and Government, General. yes yes yes
Portuguese Language and Literature. yes
Project Management. yes
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology. yes
Psychology, General. yes yes yes
Public Administration. yes
Public Health Education and Promotion. yes
Public Health, General. yes yes
Public Health, Other. yes yes
Public Policy Analysis, General. yes yes
Public Policy Analysis, Other. yes yes
Reading Teacher Education. yes
Real Estate. yes
Religion/Religious Studies. yes yes yes
Russian Language and Literature. yes
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies. yes yes
Sanskrit and Classical Indian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. yes
Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. yes
Secondary School Administration/Principalship. yes
Social Psychology. yes
Social Sciences, General. yes
Sociology, General. yes yes yes
South Asian Studies. yes yes yes
Spanish Language and Literature. yes
Statistics, General. yes yes yes
Sustainability Studies. yes
Swedish Language and Literature. yes
Systematic Biology/Biological Systematics. yes yes
Systems Science and Theory. yes
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other. yes yes
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other. yes
Thai Language and Literature. yes
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other. yes
Theology/Theological Studies. yes yes
Turkish Language and Literature. yes
Virology. yes yes
Visual and Performing Arts, General. yes yes
Women's Studies. yes

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Most Popular Majors

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

Programs Offered

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

41,024

total students

17%

in-state

83%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

35%

14,431
students

Female
51%
7,399

Male
49%
7,032

65%

26,593
students

Female
51%
13,617

Male
49%
12,976

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

51%

7,398
students

Female
49%
3,616

Male
51%
3,782

49%

7,033
students

Female
54%
3,783

Male
46%
3,250

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Student Break-down

15%
Nonresident aliens
7%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
16%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
11%
Hispanic/Latino
36%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
5%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Enrollment

164

Transfer applicants enrolled

1%

Students are transfer students

Transfer Requirements

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

Transfer Application Deadline

Fall: March 1

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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 109
Countries most often represented Australia
Canada
China
Germany
South Korea
The United Kingdom
Special services offered for international applicants Host family program
International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

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