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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?

7,147 Full-Time Undergraduates
$15,561 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 one 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 landed the #3 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! Out of the 68 colleges in Massachusetts, it is ranked at #1.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Harvard has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Harvard

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges 3
Best Colleges for Diversity 5
Best Colleges for International Students 8
Best Colleges for the Money 651
Best Colleges for Veterans 661

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 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Harvard University  ( 32 to 35 )
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36

Can I Afford Harvard University?

$15,561 Net Price
6% Take Out Loans
0.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Harvard is $15,561. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Harvard

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$2,382 $1,094 $3,149 $19,733 $46,466

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

7,147 Full-Time Undergraduates
48% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,965 undergraduate students at Harvard, with 7,147 being full-time and 2,818 being part-time.

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

There are also 21,155 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,147 full-time undergraduates at Harvard, 52% are male and 48% 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 1,439
Black or African American 542
Hispanic or Latino 832
White 2,884
International Students 819
Other Races/Ethnicities 631

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, Harvard University awarded 5,810 undergraduate degrees and 12,996 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 19 8
African Languages 0 4 0 0
Anthropology 0 25 16 5
Applied Mathematics 0 103 23 3
Archeology 0 9 0 0
Architectural History 0 0 4 0
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 113 0
Area Studies 0 46 56 25
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 21 7 14
Behavioral Science 0 10 1 11
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 1 34
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 0 0 33 0
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 1 9
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 61 19
Biomedical Engineering 0 9 2 0
Biotechnology 0 0 23 3
Business Administration & Management 0 0 1,165 7
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 3 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 104 5 14
Celtic Language & Literature 0 3 2 2
Chemistry 0 37 18 32
Child Development & Psychology 0 89 13 22
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 0 2 1
Classical Languages & Literature 0 27 0 1
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 3 1
Computer Engineering 0 0 98 0
Computer Information Systems 0 0 78 0
Computer Science 0 227 16 18
Dentistry 0 0 0 35
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 17 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 3 0
East Asian Languages 0 32 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 79 88 25
Economics 0 334 7 41
Educational Assessment 0 0 11 0
Electrical Engineering 0 19 0 0
Engineering Physics 0 0 11 27
Engineering Science 0 37 26 25
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 18 0
Ethnic Studies 0 87 2 7
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 7 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 111 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 22 2 4
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 0 8
General Architecture 0 0 2 11
General Biology 0 3 27 67
General Education 0 10 620 43
General English Literature 0 82 29 9
General Psychology 0 68 29 0
General Social Sciences 0 178 0 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 48 62 0
Genetics 0 0 0 7
Germanic Languages 0 11 2 5
Greek Language & Literature 0 0 0 1
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 26 0
Historic Preservation 0 0 9 0
History 0 181 44 20
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 6
Information Science 0 0 17 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 66 0
International Relations & National Security 0 0 63 0
Journalism 0 0 27 0
Landscape Architecture 0 0 7 0
Law 0 0 0 599
Legal Research 0 0 190 12
Liberal Arts General Studies 3 24 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 35 5 12
Mathematics 0 75 3 10
Mechanical Engineering 0 20 0 0
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 19 6
Medical Science 0 0 42 0
Medicine 0 0 0 168
Medieval Studies 0 3 0 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 3 0 27
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 3 3 0
Museum Studies 0 0 53 0
Music 0 28 3 6
Natural Resources Conservation 0 36 200 0
Natural Sciences 0 40 0 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 81 0 22
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 5 0
Philosophy 0 38 2 3
Physics 0 42 18 38
Political Science & Government 0 196 40 20
Public Administration 0 0 368 0
Public Health 0 107 401 32
Public Policy 0 0 210 14
Real Estate 0 0 14 0
Religious Studies 0 12 10 8
Romance Languages 0 89 8 6
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 11 4 4
Sociology 0 49 16 5
South Asian Languages 0 1 0 0
Statistics 0 97 23 8
Sustainability Science 0 0 9 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 24 0
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 105 0
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 0 0 0 3
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 53 0
Writing Studies 0 0 8 0
Total 6 5,804 9,850 3,146

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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