John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (seas.harvard.edu) offers you an unparalleled opportunity to be part of an excellent Engineering school at one of the world’s foremost research universities.
Moreover, you will enjoy the intellectual energy of a liberal arts college where you can engage in scholarship spanning the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities and gain an understanding of societal issues through the University’s professional schools.
Beginning in 2020, the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will expand into a purpose-built facility in Allston. The 500,000-sq. ft. complex will feature state-of-the-art classrooms, active learning labs, makerspace, faculty labs, community space, and a café. Green design will make it one of the most environmentally sustainable facilities of its kind.
With such breadth and depth, you can tackle the complex, multidisciplinary global challenges of the 21st century.
Engineering the Harvard Way
We are proudly embedded in the liberal arts. The “Harvard experience”—immersion in a multifaceted intellectual setting—is part of what makes learning engineering and applied sciences here a singular experience.
We provide a broad-based education. Our aim is to train you to excel in applied science but also have a broad knowledge of other disciplines, allowing you to connect advances in engineering to society’s most challenging problems.
We emphasize hands-on learning. Engineering is about solving real-world problems. More often than not, these problems are messy, ill defined, and fraught with practical constraints. We challenge you to engage directly with problems and encourage you to get your hands dirty.
We have faculty who are easy to access. Whether you have specific aims (e.g., “I’d really like to work on quantum-cascade lasers, program a smarter computer agent, or model the atmosphere”) or general interests, you can readily collaborate with some of the leading researchers in the world.
We make it easy to work across the campus. If you don’t mind the walk or short shuttle ride, the entire campus can be yours. For example, in ES227: Medical Device Design, you are given the opportunity to solve a practical problem in a hospital setting, even sitting in on a surgical procedure.
We are committed to innovation and discovery. With the creation of the Innovation Lab, the Experiment Fund for start-ups, new courses like How to Create Things and Have Them Matter, entrepreneurship competitions, and Harvard Hack Nights, the only thing you might find yourself in need of is more time.
We want to inspire all students. We’ve designed programs and courses that meet your needs, whatever your level. The program caters to those who dream about taking Math 55 their first year or those who just want to take a few cool courses like CS50: Introduction to Computer Science.
We educate leaders. What do SEAS alumni go on to do? Anything and everything. Danielle Feinberg ’96, a lead animator at Pixar, recalls: “The most valuable thing I learned at Harvard was how to find information on my own, because it was rarely handed to you. I also found that being around so many intelligent and motivated people inspired me to think very big about what I wanted to do in my own life.”
Admission and financial aid
All prospective undergraduate students apply to Harvard College. There is not a separate enrollment process for SEAS. Students declare their intended concentration (non-binding) during their sophomore year.
Some admission 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—integrity, maturity, strength of character, and concern for others—will also play an important part in our evaluations.
Applying for financial aid does not jeopardize any student’s chance for admission, including international applicants. All of Harvard’s financial aid is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need, and Harvard meets the demonstrated need of every student for all four years.