Top University: Harvard University

Sunday, April 14, 2013 0 Comments A+ a-


Harvard University is a private institution that was founded in 1636. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,657 and its setting is city. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Harvard University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 1. Its tuition and fees are $40,866 (2012-13).

Harvard is located in Cambridge, Mass., just outside of Boston. Harvard’s extensive library system houses the oldest collection in the United States and the largest private collection in the world. There is more to the school than endless stacks, though: Harvard’s athletic teams compete in the Ivy League, and every football season ends with "The Game," an annual matchup between storied rivals Harvard and Yale. At Harvard, on—campus residential housing is an integral part of student life. Freshmen live around the Harvard Yard at the center of campus, after which they are placed in one of 12 undergraduate houses for their remaining three years. Although they are no longer recognized by the university as official student groups, the eight all-male "final clubs" serve as social organizations for some undergraduate students; Harvard also has five female clubs.

In addition to the College, Harvard is comprised of 13 other schools and institutes, including the top-ranked Business School and Medical School and the highly ranked Graduate Education School, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Law School, and John F. Kennedy School of Government. Eight U.S. presidents graduated from Harvard College, including Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. Other notable alumni include Henry David Thoreau, Helen Keller, Yo-Yo Ma, and Tommy Lee Jones. In 1977, Harvard signed an agreement with sister institute Radcliffe College, uniting them in an educational partnership serving male and female students, although they did not officially merge until 1999. Harvard also has the largest endowment of any school in the world.


When applying to Harvard University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 6. The application fee at Harvard University is $75. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 6.3 percent.

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Harvard University is 7:1, and the school has 78.0 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Harvard University include: Economics, General; Political Science and Government, General; Psychology, General; English Language and Literature/Letters, Other; and Social Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 97.5 percent.

Student Life

Harvard University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,657, with a gender distribution of 50.1 percent male students and 49.9 percent female students. At this school, 98.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 2.0 percent of students live off campus. Harvard University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Campus Info & Services

Harvard University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Harvard University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Harvard University.

Paying for School

At Harvard University, 60.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $41,507.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.