Harvard, founded in 1636, is a private, Ivy League institution. Its undergraduate college has no established "freshman program." Students sample courses at the beginning of each semester and create their own study plan with an academic advisor. At the undergraduate level, Harvard promotes close collaboration between students and faculty on coursework and research. Its popular Freshman Seminar Program enables small groups of first-year students to work intimately with faculty on any of 130 different topics. Nearly all Harvard undergraduates live on campus for the first year in dormitories and later in "Houses" led by senior faculty members. Harvard's historic 380-acre campus is located in Cambridge, across the Charles River from Boston.

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collegeType
Private
studentType
Coed
5,222
Undergraduates
2,559
Men - 49%
2,664
Women - 51%
4,849
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
5% of 40,248 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
January 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
4
SAT Math
760 average
740-800 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
740 average
720-780 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
34 average
33-35 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
$73,800
Tuition and Fees
$51,925
Room and Board
$17,682
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$62,338
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$18,197
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,013
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
46%
10-19
28%
20-29
9%
30-39
5%
40-49
3%
50-99
5%
Over 100
4%
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Cambridge Population
119,192
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
29% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
John Harvard
Sororities
Not reported
Fraternities
Not reported
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.3%
Asian
25.8%
Black/African-American
12.8%
Hispanic/Latino
13.7%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
8.1%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1%
White
37.6%
Unknown
1.6%
International Students
11.4% from 104 countries
First-Year Students Returning
75.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
85.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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