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Harvard University Overview

Harvard University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Harvard University Known For?

2,905 Undergraduate Awards
$53,528 Avg Cost After Aid
5% Acceptance Rate
  • Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at Harvard since the student to facuty ratio is 7 to 1.
  • The student loan default rate at Harvard is 1%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Harvard.
  • In 2017-2018, 86% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Harvard with a bachelor's degree make about $89,700 a year. That's 120% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • The average Harvard student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Harvard University Rankings

Harvard is ranked #8 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! It is also ranked #2 out of 63 schools in Massachusetts.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Harvard has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#190 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Harvard.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Public Administration & Social Service Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Architecture & Related Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best History Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Legal Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Harvard has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for History College Factual
#3 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#4 Best Healthcare Schools Healthcare Degree Search
#4 Best Colleges for Mathematics & Statistics College Factual
#5 Best Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual
#15 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual

Where Is Harvard University?

Location of Harvard University

Contact details for Harvard are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-1000
Website: www.harvard.edu
Facebook: http://facebook.com/harvard
Twitter: http://twitter.com/harvard

How Do I Get Into Harvard?

You can apply to Harvard online at: college.harvard.edu/admissions/application-process/application-requirements

Admission Requirements for Harvard

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Harvard?

5% Acceptance Rate
49% Of Accepted Are Women
67% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to Harvard, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 5%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 51% of accepted students are men and 49% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 5%, and the acceptance rate for women is 5%.

Average Test Scores

About 67% of students accepted to Harvard submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 730 and 790. Math scores were between 730 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Harvard University  ( 730 to 790 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Harvard University  ( 730 to 800 )
200
800
Harvard received ACT scores from 53% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 34 and 36. Math scores were between 31 and 35. Composite scores were between 32 and 35.

ACT English Scores for Harvard University  ( 34 to 36 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Harvard University  ( 31 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Harvard University  ( 32 to 35 )
1
36

Can I Afford Harvard University?

$53,528 Net Price
6% Take Out Loans
0.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Harvard is $53,528. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Harvard, approximately 6% of students took out student loans averaging $6,430 a year. That adds up to $25,720 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Harvard is 0.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Harvard University Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,148 Full-Time Undergraduates
49% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 10,063 undergraduate students at Harvard, with 7,148 being full-time and 2,915 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Harvard

There are also 21,592 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,148 full-time undergraduates at Harvard, 51% are male and 49% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Harvard

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Harvard University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Harvard Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,495
Black or African American 618
Hispanic or Latino 796
White 2,685
International Students 879
Other Races/Ethnicities 675

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Harvard University. At this time, all 50 states are represented by the student population at the school.

At this time, 50 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 151 countries are represented at Harvard. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Canada, and India.

Online Learning at Harvard University

4,087 Took All Classes Online
5,681 Took At Least One Class Online
30.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 5,681 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Harvard has changed over the last few years.

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Online Growth Rankings of Harvard

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Harvard University was 30.7%. This is the #680 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Harvard regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Harvard University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 1,165 7 1,172
General Education 0 10 0 620 43 673
Law 0 0 0 0 599 599
Public Health 0 107 0 401 32 540
Economics 0 334 0 7 41 382
Public Administration 0 0 0 368 0 368
Computer Science 0 227 0 16 18 261
Political Science & Government 0 196 0 40 20 256
History 0 181 0 44 20 245
Natural Resources Conservation 0 36 0 200 0 236
Public Policy 0 0 0 210 14 224
Legal Research 0 0 0 190 12 202
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 79 0 88 25 192
General Social Sciences 0 178 0 0 0 178
Medicine 0 0 0 0 168 168
Applied Mathematics 0 103 0 23 3 129
Statistics 0 97 0 23 8 128
Area Studies 0 46 0 56 25 127
Child Development & Psychology 0 89 0 13 22 124
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 104 0 5 14 123
General English Literature 0 82 0 29 9 120
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 0 113 0 113
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 111 0 111
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 48 0 62 0 110
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 0 105 0 105
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 81 0 0 22 103
Romance Languages 0 89 0 8 6 103
Computer Engineering 0 0 0 98 0 98
Physics 0 42 0 18 38 98
General Biology 0 3 0 27 67 97
General Psychology 0 68 0 29 0 97
Ethnic Studies 0 87 0 2 7 96
Engineering Science 0 37 0 26 25 88
Mathematics 0 75 0 3 10 88
Chemistry 0 37 0 18 32 87
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 61 19 80
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 78 0 78
Sociology 0 49 0 16 5 70
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 69 0 0 69
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 66 0 66
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 63 0 63
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 53 0 53
Museum Studies 0 0 0 53 0 53
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 35 0 5 12 52
Anthropology 0 25 0 16 5 46
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 16 19 8 43
Philosophy 0 38 0 2 3 43
Medical Science 0 0 0 42 0 42
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 21 0 7 14 42
Natural Sciences 0 40 0 0 0 40
Engineering Physics 0 0 0 11 27 38
Music 0 28 0 3 6 37
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 1 34 35
Dentistry 0 0 0 0 35 35
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 0 0 0 33 0 33
East Asian Languages 0 32 0 0 0 32
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 3 0 0 27 30
Religious Studies 0 12 0 10 8 30
Classical Languages & Literature 0 27 0 0 1 28
Fine & Studio Arts 0 22 0 2 4 28
Journalism 0 0 0 27 0 27
Liberal Arts General Studies 3 24 0 0 0 27
Biotechnology 0 0 0 23 3 26
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 26 0 26
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 19 6 25
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 24 0 24
Behavioral Science 0 10 0 1 11 22
Mechanical Engineering 0 20 0 0 0 20
Electrical Engineering 0 19 0 0 0 19
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 11 0 4 4 19
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 18 0 18
Germanic Languages 0 11 0 2 5 18
Information Science 0 0 0 17 0 17
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 17 0 17
Student Counseling 0 0 16 0 0 16
Real Estate 0 0 0 14 0 14
General Architecture 0 0 0 2 11 13
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 11 0 11
Biomedical Engineering 0 9 0 2 0 11
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 1 9 10
Historic Preservation 0 0 0 9 0 9
Sustainability Science 0 0 0 9 0 9
Archeology 0 9 0 0 0 9
Writing Studies 0 0 0 8 0 8
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 0 0 8 8
Landscape Architecture 0 0 0 7 0 7
Genetics 0 0 0 0 7 7
Celtic Language & Literature 0 3 0 2 2 7
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 7 0 0 0 7
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 6 6
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 3 0 3 0 6
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 0 5 0 5
Architectural History 0 0 0 4 0 4
African Languages 0 4 0 0 0 4
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 3 1 4
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 0 3 0 3
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 0 0 2 1 3
Medieval Studies 0 3 0 0 0 3
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 0 0 0 0 3 3
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 3 0 3
Greek Language & Literature 0 0 0 0 1 1
South Asian Languages 0 1 0 0 0 1
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 0 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 0 0
International Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
Multilingual Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 0 0 0
Southeast Asian & Pacific Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Turkic & Central Asian Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 3 2,902 101 4,925 1,573 9,504

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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