Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

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Harvard College is the undergraduate program of Harvard University.

If you enroll, you‘ll become part of one of the most interesting and diverse American college communities. Our students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, every ethnic and religious background, and across the economic spectrum. They bring a remarkable diversity of interests to share with each other. Harvard is committed to making educational opportunities accessible to all. Admission is based on achievement and promise without regard to financial need. More than 50% of undergraduates receive need-based scholarships, which are available regardless of citizenship or nationality.

A world-renowned education
In Harvard College’s global community, students are broadly educated in the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities as well as trained in a particular academic specialty. There are 50 fields to specialize in, including Engineering and Applied Sciences, and more than 3,700 classes in our course catalog. With a median class size of 12 students, professors are easily accessible in class and during their office hours. Superb laboratories, athletic facilities, libraries, museums, and other educational resources allow students ample opportunity to participate in groundbreaking research. 

In a normal year, residential life often brings students and faculty even closer together. Under normal circumstances, Harvard offers housing to every student for four years, and nearly all students choose to live on campus. Faculty will often join students for meals and activities in the first-year dormitories and Harvard’s comprehensive House system for upper-level students. Considering the diversity of their backgrounds and interests, students enjoy a truly global community and learn a great deal from one another.

Extracurricular activities further educate and entertain our students, and our Dean of Students Office is committed to ensuring that extracurricular opportunities can continue in modified ways even when social distancing is required. Whether singing in a choir, volunteering, or writing for The Harvard Crimson (the daily student newspaper), students learn about the world and its challenges together. 

Admission and financial aid
There is no formula for being accepted to Harvard. Grades and test scores are considered as equally as community involvement, extracurriculars, essays, recommendations, and personal qualities, among other criteria. A strong knowledge of English is essential for studying at Harvard. 

We’re committed to admitting the most able and interesting students, regardless of their financial circumstances or citizenship. About 70% of students receive some form of aid, with over 50% receiving need-based scholarships. Scholarships offered to international and American students alike are based on family financial circumstances; we offer no merit, academic, or other non-need scholarships. Fee waivers are available for students if the application fee presents a hardship. 



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CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, combines the attractions of a cosmopolitan city with the charm and history of a New England town. Organized around traditional town greens, tree-lined squares, cobblestone streets, colonial church spires, and the Charles River, Cambridge is one of metropolitan Boston’s vital urban centers—and it’s only a 10-minute subway ride away. Both cities are served by Logan International Airport, a subway system, and major highway access to New England’s mountains and seashores.

Harvard At A Glance

Type of School: Harvard College, the undergraduate program of Harvard University, is a private, coeducational, four-year liberal arts program leading to a bachelor’s degree.

Size of Campus: 216 acres in Cambridge; 5,457 acres including all facilities 

Number of Students: 6,700 undergraduates (about 12.2% international)

Number of Faculty: 964 in Arts and Sciences; 2,060 in the University (excluding Medical School faculty)

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: Harvard College offers 50 fields of specialization leading to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Our 10 graduate and professional schools also offer master’s degrees and a variety of doctoral and professional degrees.

Geographic Diversity: Undergraduate students representing all 50 states and more than 100 countries

International Student Services: International Office, academic and financial advisors, housing, and cultural student organizations

International Student Budget: (Budget is same for international and domestic students*)
• Tuition and Fees: $53,968
• Room and Board: $18,389
• Personal Expenses: $3,500
• Health Insurance: $3,922
• Travel (varies): $0–4,150
• Total: ~$83,929

Learn more about Harvard College’s cost of attendance and estimated budgets during the COVID-19 pandemic on our website at harvard.edu.

Financial Aid: Need-based financial aid is available for international students on the same basis as US students.

Test Score Requirements: Usually SAT or ACT (with or without Writing) and two SAT Subject Tests are required. However, Harvard College will allow students to apply for admission to the Class of 2025 without submitting standardized test scores.

Application Deadlines and Fees:
• Early Action materials due: November 1
• Regular Decision materials due: January 1 
• Application fee: $75 (fee waivers available)

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “The 27 of us hailed from places near and far, from Vermont to Armenia, and studied everything under the sun, from English to Physics.”

    • Braden '20