Students Say

Bully to those who get the chance to be a part of the “dynamic universe” that is Harvard College, who find themselves in an “amazing irresistible hell” that pushes them to the extremes of their intellect and ability. Unsurprisingly, the legendarily “very difficult” school attracts some of the country’s most promising youth, who rise to the occasion in almost every aspect of their life on campus, not just the classroom. Harvard’s recent financial aid enhancements have increased the number of applications by a landslide, but even after getting past the admissions hurdle, “people find ways to make everything (especially clubs and even partying) competitive.”

Overview

Applicants
34,919
Acceptance Rate
6%
Average HS GPA
4.03

GPA Breakdown

87%
Over 3.75
9%
3.50 - 3.74
2%
3.25 - 3.49
1%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
700 - 800
SAT Math
710 - 800
SAT Writing
710 - 800
ACT Composite
32 - 35

Deadlines


Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Overall

Students Say

Bully to those who get the chance to be a part of the “dynamic universe” that is Harvard College, who find themselves in an “amazing irresistible hell” that pushes them to the extremes of their intellect and ability. Unsurprisingly, the legendarily “very difficult” school attracts some of the country’s most promising youth, who rise to the occasion in almost every aspect of their life on campus, not just the classroom. Harvard’s recent financial aid enhancements have increased the number of applications by a landslide, but even after getting past the admissions hurdle, “people find ways to make everything (especially clubs and even partying) competitive.” Happily, this streak is more of a “latent competition,” as there are more than enough opportunity and resources to go around. “It is impossible to ‘get the most out of Harvard’ because Harvard offers so much,” says one student. Much like the students, the professors at this “beautiful, fun, historic, and academically alive place” in Cambridge, Massachusetts, are among “the brightest minds in the world,” and “the level of achievement is unbelievable.” Some of the larger introductory classes are taught by teaching fellows (TFs), meaning “you do have to go to office hours to get to know your big lecture class professors on a personal level,” but once your figurative underclass dues are paid, the access to “incredible” and “every so often, fantastic” professors is perfectly within reach. Top it off with Grade-A internship and employment opportunities, a good old alumni network, and a crimson pedigree for your résumé, and you may just end up agreeing with the Harvard student who refers to his experience as “rewarding beyond anything else I’ve ever done.” Though the administration can be “waaaaay out of touch with students” and “reticent to change,” it at least “does a good job of watching over its freshmen through extensive advising programs,” and students all have faith that their best interests are being kept in mind.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
6.5:1
Total Faculty
1,164
with Terminal Degree
955

745
Men
419
Women
216
Minority
91
International

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
50 - 99

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
86%
Graduate in 5 years
95%
Graduate in 6 years
98%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Neurobiology and Neurophysiology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Civil Engineering, Other
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Hardware Engineering
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Operations Research
  • Structural Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Sanskrit and Classical Indian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General

  • History

  • American History (United States)
  • Asian History
  • European History
  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • History, General
  • History, Other

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Analysis and Functional Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics, Other
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Geometry/Geometric Analysis
  • Mathematical Statistics and Probability
  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mathematics, Other
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Religion/Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Astronomy
  • Atomic/Molecular Physics
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Elementary Particle Physics
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, Other
  • Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

  • Psychology

  • Comparative Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • American Government and Politics (United States)
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Economics
  • Archeology
  • Development Economics and International Development
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • International Economics
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Photography
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


John Roberts
Chief Justice, US Supreme Court

Yo Yo Ma
Cellist

Mira Nair
Film Director

Tommy Lee Jones
Actor, Film Director

John Lithgow
Actor, Author

Bill Gates
Founder, Microsoft

Steve Ballmer
CEO, Microsoft

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
91
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Bottom Line

The sticker price to attend Harvard is as exorbitant as its opportunities. Tuition, fees, room and board, and expenses cost about $58,607 a year. However, financial aid here is so unbelievably ample and generous that you just shouldn’t worry about that. The hard part about going to Harvard is getting in. If you can accomplish that, Harvard will help you find a way to finance your education. Period.

Bang For Your Buck

Harvard is swimming in cash, and financial need simply isn’t a barrier to admission. In fact, the admissions staff here often looks especially favorably upon applicants who have stellar academic and extracurricular records despite having to overcome considerable financial obstacles. About 90 percent of the students who request financial aid qualify for it. If you qualify, 100 percent of your financial need will be met. Just so we’re clear: by aid, we mean free money—not loans. Harvard doesn’t do loans. Instead, Harvard asks families that qualify for financial aid to contribute somewhere between zero and 10 percent of their annual income each year. If your family income is less than $65,000, the odds are very good that you and your family won’t pay a dime for you to attend. It’s also worth noting that Harvard extends its commitment to full financial aid for all four undergraduate years. Families with higher incomes facing unusual financial challenges may also qualify for need–based scholarship assistance. Home equity is no longer considered in Harvard’s assessment of the expected parent contribution.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$47,053

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$44,430

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,462

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$15,117

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
10%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$48,819

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$40,418
Required Fees
$3,520
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,660
Transportation for Commuters
$0

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Much as you might expect, ambition and achievement are the ties that bind at Harvard, and “Everyone is great for one reason or another,” says a student. Most every student can be summed up with the same statement: “Works really hard. Doesn’t sleep. Involved in a million extracurriculars.” Diversity is found in all aspects of life, from ethnicities to religion to ideology, and “there is a lot of tolerance and acceptance at Harvard for individuals of all races, religions, socioeconomic backgrounds, life styles, etc.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,694
Out of State
84%

International
13%
Foreign Countries Represented
100

Demographics

21.19%
Asian
7.87%
African-American
11.17%
Hispanic
49.40%
Caucasian
2.64%
Unknown
12.84%
International

47% female
53% male
84% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Cambridge and Boston are nothing if not college towns, and students never lack for options if they just want to “go see a play, a concert, hit up a party, go to the movies, or dine out.” Students quickly learn when to hit the books and when to hit the streets, so “studying becomes routine.” “There is a vibrant social atmosphere on campus and between students and the local community.” As one student puts it, “Boredom does not exist here. There are endless opportunities and endless passionate people to do them with.” “Basically, if you want to do it, Harvard either has it or has the money to give to you so you can start it.” “Partying in a more traditional setting is available at Harvard, but is not a prevalent aspect of the school’s social life. While there is a pub on campus that provides an excellent venue to hang out and play a game of pool or have a reasonably priced drink,” and parties happen on weekends at Harvard’s finals clubs, there’s no real pressure for students to partake if they’re not interested.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
98%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
67
First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
451
Number of Honor Societies
1

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
25

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Crimson)
22 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Sailing
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Crimson)
22 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Rugby
Sailing
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: MIT
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: MIT
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: MIT

Sustainability

Harvard College, a school renowned for its innovation and leadership, is proving that “Green is the new Crimson.” In recent years, the college established a university-wide commitment to reducing greenhouse gas by 30 percent from 2006 levels by 2016 and has already decreased emissions overall by 16 percent, including growth. On campus, the university has eighty-eight LEED-certified buildings and an additional twenty-five LEED registered projects, as well as mandating that comprehensive Green Building Standards apply to all capital projects. Harvard also demonstrates its commitment to energy-efficiency by using a number of renewable energy sources to power the campus, including solar panels, steam heat recovery, wind turbines, ground source heat pumps, and shuttles that run on biodiesel fuel. This is bolstered by a 52 percent waste-diversion rate on campus, as well as a flawless 100 percent composting rate for landscaping waste. The college also keeps an eye on providing local produce to its students—33 to 70 percent of produce served by Harvard’s dining services is from local sources, depending on the seasonal variations in crops. Yet, not all changes are coming from the top. Of all students on campus, 97 percent take an alternative means of transportation to class each day. In addition, the Harvard Office for Sustainability leads the university in achieving its sustainability goals by leveraging the collective knowledge of students, staff, and faculty partners and fueling collaboration across disciplines. Environmentally minded students can take advantage of Harvard’s environmental science and public policy concentration, and over 200 undergraduate and graduate environmental courses—just another example of how Harvard is committing itself to a socially responsible future.

Green Rating
99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
35%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
98

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
31

Average Number of PC's per Lab
10

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Technology Product Center IBM, Compaq, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Harvard College Admissions
86 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone
617-495-1551

Email
college@fas.harvard.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Widener Library
Harvard Yard
Fogg Museum
Annenburg/Memorial Hall
Science Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Harvard Square
Faneuil Hall/Quincey Market
Museum of Fine Arts
Freedom Trail
Boston Commons and Public Garden

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and some Saturday mornings
9am-5pm
617-495-1551

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Six days per week

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
contact the faculty member or coach directly

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Available for seniors only;1-night stays Mon-Thurs only mid-Oct-mid-March, except exam and reading periods and breaks

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Logan International Airport is 5 miles from campus. The least expensive way to get to campus from the airport is the subway MBTA (the T). Taxis and rental cars are also available. Amtrak trains and Greyhound and Mass Transit buses serve Boston. From the train and Mass Transit bus stations, go to MBTA's South Station and take the Red Line subway toward Alewife. Go 6 stops to Harvard. The campus is a 3-minute walk from Harvard Square. From the Greyhound station, go to the Arlington MBTA station and take the Green Line subway inbound to Park St. (2 stops). Transfer to the Red Line outbound toward Alewife. Go 4 stops to Harvard. The campus is a 3-minute walk from Harvard Square.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-90 (Massachusetts Tpke.), take the Cambridge exit and turn left immediately onto Storrow Dr. West. At the second light, cross the bridge (Anderson) and drive straight into Harvard Square. For Byerly Hall, turn left at the third traffic light onto Brattle St. and get into the right lane, bearing right immediately at the traffic island. The Radcliffe Yard is 2 blocks north on the right side of the street.
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Key Stats

34,919
Applicants
6,694
Size
6%
Acceptance Rate
1500
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists