Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

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Harness your curiosity to learn about the world—and yourself

The John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard Universityoffers you an unparalleled opportunity to be part of an excellent engineering school at one of the world’s foremost research universities. Beginning in 2021, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will expand into a purpose-built facility in Allston, Massachusetts. The 500,000-sq. ft. complex will feature state-of-the-art classrooms, active learning labs, faculty labs, and community spaces. And its 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
Harvard is proudly embedded in the liberal arts. You’ll enjoy the intellectual energy of a liberal arts college where you can engage in scholarship spanning the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. The “Harvard experience”—immersion in a multifaceted intellectual setting—is part of what makes learning engineering and applied sciences here so singular. 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. 

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. And whether you have specific aims or general interests, you’ll have the support of some of the leading researchers in the world. Plus, with the creation of the Innovation Lab, the Experiment Fund for start-ups, new courses, 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. Our programs cater to those who dream about taking Math 55 their first year or those who just want to take a few cool courses like Introduction to Computer Science. There’s always room for everyone here at SEAS.

Admission and financial aid
All prospective undergraduate students apply to Harvard College—there isn’t a separate enrollment process for SEAS. 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—such as integrity, maturity, strength of character, and concern for others—also play an important part in our holistic evaluations. 

Applying for financial aid doesn’t jeopardize any student’s chance for admission, including international applicants. All of Harvard’s financial aid is awarded on the basis of demonstrated need, and Harvard meets the need of every student for all four years.



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SEAS Fast Facts

Founded: In 1847 as Lawrence Scientific School 

Dean: Francis J. Doyle III

• Applied Mathematics (BA)
• Bioengineering (BA, BS)
• Computer Science (BA)
• Electrical Engineering (BA, BS)
• Engineering Sciences (BA, BS)
• Environmental Science & Engineering (BA, BS)
• Materials Science & Mechanical Engineering (BA, BS)

Secondary Fields:
• Applied Mathematics
• Computer Science

• Total: 148
• Full-time: 90

• 1,072 undergraduate students
- Women: 27%
- Men: 73%

Campus: World-class facilities providing nearly 400,000 square feet of labs, classrooms, clusters, and offices; additional 500,000-sq. ft. complex to open in 2020

Alumni: More than 9,000 affiliated graduates

• $1 billion in endowment
• $38.5 million in sponsored research

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “It’s surprising how multidimensional students are—maybe they study Applied Mathematics, but they also do improv and are really good at the clarinet. They have all of those strengths they can play to, and there are so many opportunities to play to all of them at Harvard.”

    • Maya ’21
  • “The most valuable thing I learned at SEAS 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 big about what I wanted to do in my own life.”

    • Danielle Feinberg ’96
      lead animator at Pixar