Friday, March 25, 2011

Harvard University

Harvard University

General Information :

Primary address:
Massachusetts Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: 617.495.1000

Admissions and Aid Information :

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Public Safety :

  • 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.


Harvard 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).
Harvard is located in Cambridge, Mass., just outside of Boston. Harvard’s extensive library system houses the oldest collection in the United States and the largest private collection in the world. There is more to the school than endless stacks, though: Harvard’s athletic teams compete in the Ivy League, and every football season ends with "The Game," an annual matchup between storied rivals Harvard and Yale. At Harvard, on—campus residential housing is an integral part of student life. Freshmen live around the Harvard Yard at the center of campus, after which they are placed in one of 12 undergraduate houses for their remaining three years. Although they are no longer recognized by the university as official student groups, the eight all-male "final clubs" serve as social organizations for some undergraduate students; Harvard also has five female clubs.
In addition to the College, Harvard is comprised of 13 other schools and institutes, including the top-ranked Business School and Medical School and the highly ranked Graduate Education School, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Law School, and John F. Kennedy School of Government. Eight U.S. presidents graduated from Harvard College, including Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Barack Obama. Other notable alumni include Henry David Thoreau, Helen Keller, Yo-Yo Ma, and Tommy Lee Jones. In 1977, Harvard signed an agreement with sister institute Radcliffe College, uniting them in an educational partnership serving male and female students, although they did not officially merge until 1999. Harvard also has the largest endowment of any school in the world.
School mission (as provided by the school): N/A


When 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.
Selectivity most selective
Fall 2009 acceptance rate 7%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 6
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Academic Life

The 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.
Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 7:1
4-year graduation rate 88% - High
Five most popular majors for 2009 graduates
Economics 14%
English language and literature 5%
Political science and government 10%
Political science and government 6%
Sociology 6%
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Student Life

Harvard 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.
See what students are saying about life at Harvard University.
Total enrollment 19,411
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I
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Campus Info & Services

Harvard 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.
Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes
Students required to own/lease a computer No
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Paying for School

At 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
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics
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Student Reviews Ratings data provided by Unigo
Life is alright. As a computer science major, I probably spend more time cooped up doing work than other people. I like the house system. It's great to have upperclassmen living on campus, and the system does a good job of fostering a sense of community. Cambridge is a fantastic city to live in. I don't think you can really do much better in terms of location, unless you absolutely can't stand cold weather. Anything you could possibly want is nearby and the T is an incredibly convenient public transportation system. You wouldn't want to be driving around Boston, anyway. Some people complain about the party scene, other people seem to be pretty happy with it. To be honset, I don't party, so I really can't judge.
Greg Junior
Very grueling (academically for science majors, extracurricularly for humanities majors.) Everything is a constant competition, which grows tiring.
Mike Junior
The best thing about Harvard is the different types of people here. Like everyone has a different view on everything and everyone is passionate about something and willing to learn about other things. It seems like everyone is here to get something out of college. I think Harvard is just the right size and I love the sense of community that groups and clubs create. People usually try not to freak out when I tell I go to Harvard and it becomes awkward. Sometimes they do freak out and it still becomes awkward. It's just...always awkward. I love the fact that there are other schools around so that you can assert your superiority. Haha, just kidding. But it's great to have other schools cuz you can mix it up and go to their parties and take them to your parties.
Fahmi Freshman

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