Harvard College is more than the sum of its many celebrated parts.
Our students represent all regions of the United States and more than 100 countries. But Harvard is, most of all, a home—a place where you can belong. Each college experience may be different, but at Harvard, there are certain experiences everyone shares—and a strong personal sense of community is one of them.
Learning at Harvard
Renowned for the quality of our teaching and research, the Undergraduate College will supply you with the tools to build a highly individualized course of study. Seventy libraries, a 3,000-acre forest research station, 12 museums, 24 science and research centers, multiple theaters and performance spaces, 42 varsity athletic teams, and 450 student organizations are all at your disposal. You can also cross-register for courses at most of Harvard’s graduate schools as well as nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We enjoy all the resources of Cambridge and Boston, cities that combine colonial charm with the modern energy of an urban setting.
Home at Harvard
Under normal circumstances, historic Harvard Yard is where first-year students call home. As sophomores, students move into a House: a residential college where students live, dine, study, play intramural sports, and become part of a close, supportive community that includes faculty and advisors. For many Harvard students, the Houses represent the most rewarding elements of both social and academic life.
Admission to Harvard
We hope to enroll students who’ll educate each other in a variety of campus settings—academic, extracurricular, and social. Some candidates will demonstrate extraordinary promise in academic or research endeavors. Some will show uncommon talent in other areas such as leadership, performing arts, or athletics. Most of our students combine the best of both scholastic and extracurricular achievement. Personal qualities—such as integrity, maturity, strength of character, and concern for others—also play an important part in our holistic evaluation.
Financial aid at Harvard
We bring the best people to Harvard, regardless of their ability to pay. About 55% of students receive need-based scholarships, and applying for financial aid will never negatively affect any student’s chance for admission, including international students. All of Harvard’s financial aid is need based, meaning you only pay what you can afford—there are no academic, athletic, or merit-based awards. We don’t require students to take out loans either, so families of financial aid recipients will be asked to only contribute, on average, from 0%–10% of their annual income.