Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

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Tuition & Fees

$54,002

not including room and board

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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

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.

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%
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

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-prepatory 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
Room $11,364
Board $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 Facts

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Financial Aid Office


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

Varsity Sports

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