Harvard University, Cambridge Massachussetts College Profile

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Harvard is the oldest university in the United States. It was established in 1636. Named

for its first benefactor John Harvard, a minister from Charleston who left his library and

half of his estate to the school when he died in 1638.Harvard University is located in

Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Harvard University is a private four year school and is a 12 degree-granting schools

along with Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Harvard is proud of their enrollment of

more than 20,000 degree candidates including undergraduate, graduate, and

professional students. Faculty to student ratio is 1:7.

Harvard Student Body Statistics

Harvard College: 6,699

Graduate and Professional Students: 13,120

Harvard Extension School: 16,193

Total: 36,012

These figures are based off of student enrollment for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Harvard School Colors

Harvard’s official school colors are crimson, black, and cool gray, as shown below together with Pantone, Hex, RGB, and CMYK color codes.

Harvard University Official School Colors PMS Pantones


Harvard’s mascot is officially John Harvard, the pilgrim for whom the school is named.

School Motto

Harvard’s original motto was the Latin phrase: Christo et Ecclesiae, which means “For Christ and Church”. The motto was changed in 1643 the Latin word “Veritas”, which means “Truth”.

Harvard University Alumni Accolades

Harvard alumni claims to fame include:

48 Nobel Laureates

32 Heads of State

48 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Harvard offers many choices and directions for students to study by offering 11 principal academic units. There are 10 faculties and the Radcliffe Institute. These include:

Harvard Business School (Graduate Program)

Harvard College (Undergraduate Program)

Harvard Division of Continuing Ed

Harvard School of Dental Medicine (Graduate Program)

Harvard Divinity School (Graduate Program)

Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (Graduate Program)

Harvard School of Design (Graduate Program)

Harvard John A Paulson School of Applied Sciences (Graduate Program)

Harvard Kennedy School ( Graduate Program)

Harvard Law School (Graduate Program)

Harvard Medical School (Graduate Program)

Radcliffe Institute For Advanced Study (Graduate Program)

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (Graduate Program)

Degree Programs Available at Harvard University

Harvard University has 88 undergraduate degrees that are condensed into 53 majors within 18 areas of broad areas of study. Graduate students have many options with 16 Masters Programs and over 70 Doctorate Programs.

Harvard’s Academic Calendar

Harvard runs on a semester schedule with a Fall and Spring semester. Each semester

is about 15 weeks long.

Admission to Harvard University


CONTACT PAGE: https://college.harvard.edu/contact-us

Admission for Incoming Freshmen

Harvard is an extremely competitive school. Here are the average scores of freshmen class students accepted into the school. Harvard is well known to be highly selective admitted to its programs.

Average SAT: 1520

Average ACT: 34

Average GPA: 4.1

Acceptance Rate: 5.2 % (about 1 out of 20 applicants)

Applicants: 1962 (for graduation year 2022)

Application Deadline: Early Action Applicants Nov 1

Regular Applicants Jan 1

Admission for Transfer Students

Applicants: 1432

Average GPA: unpublished

Acceptance Rate: Very low due to a 98% graduation rate.

Harvard University Rankings Among US Colleges

Several media outlets publish overall rankings for the major colleges and universities in the United States.These rankings give a general overview of the value a student obtains from attending a school on the list.

It is useful to review the overall rankings of the various publications when considering which college to attend. Rankings are based on statistics like graduation rate, employment rates and alumni salaries, admission requirements, tuition costs, scholarships opportunities, international student aid, and news updates.

US News Ranking: #2

Forbes: #1

Niche.com :#3

Economist :#4

Money: #16

The Wall Street Journal: #1

The World Top 20 Universities Rankings for 2019: #2

Other Category Rankings by Forbes.

In addition to the above rankings, the following niche rankings have been received by Harvard University and its respective colleges and departments.

#2 Best National Universities (Forbes)

#2 Best Value Schools (Forbes)

#1 High School Counselor Rankings (tied for first) (Forbes)

#14 Most Innovative (Forbes)

#34 Best Undergraduate Teaching (Forbes)

#24 Best in Undergraduate Programs, including: Biomedical, Computer Science, Electrical/Electronic/Communications, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering

Cost of Attending Harvard University

Tuition Costs

In State Tuition: $39,966

Out Of State Tuition: $39,966

According to Harvard College’s Griffin Financial Aid Office (undergraduate school at Harvard University), more than 50 percent of their students receive financial aid. 100% student graduate debt free, and more than 20% of their students’ families pay 0.

Harvard has a Net Price Calculator to help a student determine an estimate of what it will cost to attend this university. A student can also access the MyinTuition college cost estimator to determine just how affordable an education at Harvard would be.

Harvard University seems very determined to help students find ways to pay for their education. Need based scholarships, various loan options, pre- pay tuition for four years at first year rates, etc..are some of the financial aid they offer to students.

Student Employment at Harvard University

If you are hoping to work your way through college, Harvard has plenty of jobs for undergraduate and graduate students. Jobs available at Harvard include a wide range of possibilities.

They include both on and off campus locations.

Here are some guidelines provided by Harvard for students who are working while attending school:

Students are allowed to work more than one job at a time.

Students do not qualify for vacation, or personal time.

Students who are non-work study students are not eligible for sick time accrual during the academic term, but are eligible during the summer term.

Work Study students do not qualify for eligible for sick time ever.

Undergraduate students are discouraged from working more than 20 hours a week during the fall and spring semesters and are discouraged from working more than 40 hours per week when classes are not in session. Graduate students may work up to 40 hours per week.

Students are paid on a weekly basis for on campus jobs. Payment for off-campus jobs depends on the employer.

Harvard’s student employment office is focused on helping students finding a part time job while attending Harvard for those that want to work to supplement their tuition.

They have job profiles that help students reach their goals through their work. Students can learn on the job, by learning day to day tasks, time management, job responsibilities, and the kind of skills you will get on the job. These jobs help students on a resume and show employers a student has the drive and skills to succeed.

Research jobs are available, library jobs are available or a student can even create their own job.

Harvard University Athletics

Harvard has a strong tradition of Division I intercollegiate sports with 42.

  • Won 144 national or NCAA championships
  • Won 435 combined Ivy League Championships
  • Harvard has been represented in every modern Olympic games

Varsity teams include basketball, baseball, crew, cross-country, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, sailing, skiing, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.