- Harvard for Japan Week is March 21-25
In response to the recent disasters in Japan, undergraduates are partnering with students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to present Harvard for Japan Week, March 21-March 25. The program of events includes donation activities, a candelight vigil, charity concerts, and a panel discussion. Visit the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies website for a full schedule of activities and read the Harvard Gazette to find out more about the University's efforts to aid Japan.
- Student projects win $50,000 in grants
Undergraduate entrepreneurs have won $50,000 in grants to support further development of innovative ventures in the Harvard College Innovation Challenge (I3). Jonah Varon ’13 and Axel Hansen's ’13 web application Newsle won the grant for innovation and entrepreneurship in a commercial enterprise and Zachary Hamed's ’14 website Aid Aide won for innovation and entrepreneurship in a social enterprise. As runners-up for the TECH Prize, Julia Tartaglia ’11, Amy Tai ’13, and Fiona Wood ’13 also received grant money for W.I.S.E. Words, an online magazine dedicated to "bridging the gaps between established professionals and young women interested in pursuing careers in the sciences."
- Students devote break to service
During spring break, undergraduates affiliated with the Phillips Brooks House Association restored neighborhoods in New Orleans, built affordable housing in El Salvador, and brought hot meals to New York City residents living with HIV/AIDS. Find out more about these projects and read participating students' blog posts at the ServiceBreak website.
- Office Hours with Dean Hammonds
Students are welcomed to discuss their thoughts and concerns with Dean Hammonds during her office hours in University Hall.
SummaryHarvard University is a private institution that was founded in 1636. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,655 and its setting is urban. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Harvard University's ranking in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 1. Its tuition and fees are $38,416 (2010-11).
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ApplyingWhen applying to Harvard University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 6. The application fee at Harvard University is $75. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 7.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2009 acceptance rate||7%|
|Application deadline||January 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||March 6|
Academic LifeThe student-faculty ratio at Harvard University is 7:1, and the school has 80.0 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Harvard University include: Economics; English language and literature; Political science and government; Political science and government; and Sociology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 97.2 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||88% - High|
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Student LifeHarvard University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,655, with a gender distribution of 49.3 percent male students and 50.7 percent female students. 96.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 4.0 percent of students live off campus. Harvard University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & ServicesHarvard University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Harvard University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Harvard University.
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|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for SchoolAt Harvard University, 60.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $37,620.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$38,416 (2010-11)|
|Room and board||$12,308 (2010-11) - High|
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