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Harvard College
Cambridge, MA
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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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 6,712
   Women 3,141 (46.8%)
   Men 3,571 (53.2%)
Graduate Students 4,326
Entrance Difficulty Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate 5% of 39,041 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline January 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 4.17 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math 720-800 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 710-800 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 32-35 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA     X  
Standardized Tests     X  
Essay     X  
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance $72,400
  Tuition and Fees $47,074
  Room and Board $15,951
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $53,071
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 965
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 45% of classes
10-19 students: 28% of classes
20-29 students: 8% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 7% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes
Cambridge Population 107,289
Nearest Metropolitan Area Boston
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 99% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot John Harvard
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
22.9% Asian
8.0% Black/African-American
12.5% Hispanic/Latino
7.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
46.7% White
1.9% Unknown
International Students 12.4% from 107 countries
First-Year Students Returning 97.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 86.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported