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?
- 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.
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.
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Harvard.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Harvard has earned from around the web.
|#1||Best Colleges for History||College Factual|
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|#4||Best Colleges for Mathematics & Statistics||College Factual|
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|#15||Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences||College Factual|
Where Is Harvard University?
Contact details for Harvard are given below.
|Address:||Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138|
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
|High School GPA||recommended|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||neither required nor recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
|TOEFL||neither required nor recommended|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Harvard?
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.
Can I Afford Harvard University?
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
There are also 21,592 graduate students at the school.
Of the 7,148 full-time undergraduates at Harvard, 51% are male and 49% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Harvard University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||618|
|Hispanic or Latino||796|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Harvard has changed over the last few years.
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.
*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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