Harvard University.

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About Harvard University

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Established in 1636 and named for its first benefactor, clergyman John Harvard, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and among the most prestigious in the world.The Massachusetts colonial legislature, the General Court, authorized Harvard's founding. In its early years, Harvard College primarily trained Congregational and Unitarian clergy, although it has never been formally affiliated with any denomination. Its curriculum and student body were gradually secularized during the 18th century, and by the 19th century, Harvard had emerged as the central cultural establishment among Boston elites. Following the American Civil War, President Charles William Eliot's long tenure (1869–1909) transformed the college and affiliated professional schools into a modern research university; Harvard became a founding member of the Association of American Universities in 1900. James B. Conant led the university through the Great Depression and World War II; he liberalized admissions after the war. The university is composed of ten academic faculties plus the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Arts and Sciences offers study in a wide range of academic disciplines for undergraduates and for graduates, while the other faculties offer only graduate degrees, mostly professional. Harvard has three main campuses: the 209-acre (85 ha) Cambridge campus centered on Harvard Yard; an adjoining campus immediately across the Charles River in the Allston neighborhood of Boston; and the medical campus in Boston's Longwood Medical Area. Harvard's endowment is valued at $41.9 billion, making it the largest of any academic institution. Endowment income helps enable the undergraduate college to admit students regardless of financial need and provide generous financial aid with no loans. The Harvard Library is the world's largest academic library system, comprising 79 individual libraries holding about 20.4 million items.Harvard has more alumni, faculty, and researchers who are Nobel laureates (161) and Fields Medal winners (18) than any other university in the world and more alumni who are members of the U.S. Congress, MacArthur Fellows, Rhodes Scholars (369), and Marshall Scholars (252) than any other university in the United States. Its alumni also include eight U.S. presidents and 188 living billionaires, the most of any university. 14 Turing Award laureates have been affiliated with Harvard. Students and alumni have also won ten Academy Awards, 48 Pulitzer Prizes, and 108 Olympic medals (46 gold medals), and they have founded many notable companies.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and associate degrees
  • 7,532 students
  • 2.50 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available
  • www.harvard.edu

Notable programs at Harvard University

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Visual and Performing Arts, Biology, Genetics, Business, Finance, Journalism, and Computer Science.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

2,037 students out of 39,506 applicants were accepted into Harvard University. They had an average SAT score of 1523. 67% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 53% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Harvard University was $48,949. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $69,600.

Financial aid available at Harvard University

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

43% of undergraduate students at Harvard University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Harvard University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Harvard University was of $16,660 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000.

Diversity at Harvard University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017