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Harvard University, established in 1636, is the United States'oldest university for higher learning. This private university, founded by the colonial Massachusetts legislature, occupies 380 acres of land and offers Enrolment to more than 10, 000 students. The college has 9 faculties. They are (in order of foundation):

  • The Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • The Faculty of Medicine
  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Harvard Law School
  • Harvard Business School
  • The Graduate School of Design
  • The Graduate School of Education
  • The School of Public Health
  • The John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University's athletic teams are nicknamed Crimson. The sports teams of the university participate in swimming, basketball, tennis, football and various other athletics events. Noteworthy alumni of the university include former lawyer Francis Lee Bailey, horse racing expert andrew Beyer, tennis player James Blake and inventor Edwin Land.

Profile of Harvard University

Cambridge, MA is home to Harvard. Cambridge is a medium-sized city. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degrees at Harvard go up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

Students commonly pursue studies in law, science, medicine, mathematics, and family and social work.

Harvard Selectivity

Prospective students are advised that admissions are not open to all; the school selects from among qualified applicants. The school attracts a lot of applicants every year, and can only accept about 9% of them . Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 700. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 700 and 790. Since a large share of students are from out-of-state, you can assume the school has broad appeal.


Harvard maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at Harvard is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

The school has 25, 690 enrolled students .

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at Harvard. The school has a residential or campus feel. Harvard offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school offers students meal plans. Harvard values student athletics, and belongs to the Ivy Group.

Harvard Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts1, 635liberal arts and humanities, economics, political science, history, English, social services, anthropology, sociology, . . .
Business and Management984business, business management, managerial economics, organizational behavior
Law742law, advanced legal research
Medicine711public health, public health courses, medicine, advanced general dentistry, pre-med, dentistry, advanced dentistry
Science697physics, biochemistry, chemistry, biology, evolutionary biology, neurobiology, geology, genetics, . . .
Education and Teaching664education, industrial arts teaching
Family and Social Work594public administration, public policy analysis
Architecture and Planning217architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture
Religion and Philosophy197theology, ministry, philosophy, religion, theology and religious vocations
Therapy and Counselling151psychology, social psychology
Mathematics137applied mathematics, mathematics, statistics
Engineering68engineering science
Computer Science and Engineering65computer science, computer and info science, computer services management
Art Studies53visual and performing arts, art studies
Conservation and Resource Management24environmental studies, natural resources management, forest sciences
Fine Arts17art history and criticism
Media8media studies
Medical administration2occupational health

Contact: Harvard

Harvard University

Massachusetts Hall

Cambridge, MA 02138

General Phone: (617) 495-1000


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