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Harvard College Stats, Info and Facts

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6,700 students

5% admitted

  • 20,131 full time
  • 7,463 part time
  • 10,466 men full time
  • 9,665 women full time
  • 39,506 applied
  • 2,056 admitted
  • 1,661 enrolled

7,255 Undergraduates

$43,280 tuition/year

  • 17,329 Graduates
  • 3,010 Non-Degree
  • $43,280 in state
  • $3,794 fees
  • $15,951 room & board
  • $1,000 books and supplies

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At a Glance

Institution Type: Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting: New England Mid-size city
Highest Degree Offered: Doctorate
Level of Institution: Four or more years
Calendar: Semester
School Mascot: The Crimson
School Colors: Crimson
Reviews in 3 Sentences
  • Current Sophomore
  • 0
  • The students are great, teamwork is encouraged (I've heard from transfers that it is to a unique degree), there are a lot of ambitious people but nobody is too competitive.…

  • Dec-02-2015 Read More
  • Cat from Cambridge, MA
  • 0
  • Harvard is an absolutely incredible institution built on the principle of continual learning. Opportunities are endless and every day is a new experience. Worth mentioning: the professors are some of…

  • Aug-13-2012 Read More
  • Aus10
  • 0
  • Harvard University is truly among the most exclusive schools to be found anywhere on the globe. Attending such a prestigious University is very humbling, because when an institution takes the…

  • Jun-29-2017 Read More
  • Sarah from Manchester, NH
  • 0
  • Harvard is a home for outstanding students, who love to learn for the sole purpose of personal development. Once you walk through Johnson Gate and touch John Harvard's foot for…

  • Jan-22-2014 Read More
  • 0
  • Harvard is a place of innovation and discovery. It is a community of scholars, who are very intelligent, ambitious, and collaborative. The most distinctive feature of Harvard is the vibrant…

  • Jan-14-2012 Read More
Mission Statement

The mission of Harvard College is to educate the citizens and citizen-leaders for our society. We do this through our commitment to the transformative power of a liberal arts and sciences education. Beginning in the classroom with exposure to new ideas, new ways of understanding, and new ways of knowing, students embark on a journey of intellectual transformation. Through a diverse living environment, where students live with people who are studying different topics, who come from different walks of life and have evolving identities, intellectual transformation is deepened and conditions for social transformation are created. From this we hope that students will begin to fashion their lives by gaining a sense of what they want to do with their gifts and talents, assessing their values and interests, and learning how they can best serve the world.

Harvard College
  • Located in Cambridge, MA
  • Private not-for-profit
  • 6,700 students enrolled
  • 5% admitted
  • $43,280 annual cost to attend


Student Responses to Review Topic: Am I Enjoying Being Here
  • 5
  • Jesus from El Paso, TX
  • Oct-07-2011 I am a current student here

    The caveat I give is that your college experience is as much as you make of it, that being said the unique opportunities (such as studying abroad in Shanghai through a grant) to wonderful activities (playing Mariachi and traveling the US!) to meeting people from all over the world, each day is a new experience!

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  • 5
  • A Student from Cambridge, MA
  • Aug-23-2011 I am a current student here

    The party life and the extracurriculars are awesome. I've done UChoir, theatre, opera, and the Pre-Veterinary society. I work my butt off during the week, but I give my self at least one night a week to go out and rage. Harvard is a HUGE party school--don't be fooled by stereotypes.

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  • 4
  • Sapna from Brentwood, NY
  • Jul-29-2011 I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    I hear that Harvard is a huge school and I've never really been away from home longer than a week. I hope that I will be able to adjust very quickly. I've heard about many things that the people at Harvard do to make you feel welcome. I doubt that's going to change.

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  • 4
  • H12 from Cambridge, MA
  • Jul-21-2011 I am a current student here

    The social life is so-so compared to other schools, but other than that it is a very enjoyable four years. You will meet the most interesting folks among your peers.

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  • 5
  • Jeanie from San Diego, CA
  • Jul-06-2011 I am a current student here

    My transition to Harvard was definitely the most difficult thing I faced my first semester, but this was due mainly to personal issues such as a break up with my high school boyfriend and my grandmother falling ill. I was lucky to make strong connections with my peers early on; however, I still felt uncomfortable talking about family illness with my friends at Harvard and that was when faculty advisors became much needed helping hands. I found myself not only becoming close friends with my peers in my class, but everyone in the Harvard community - whether that was upperclassmen or faculty, it just seemed that we were all connected with this common Harvard thread and this network and these interpersonal connections are what made my first semester so amazing! Leaving my best friends at home was one of the most difficult - most tear filled nights ever, but knowing that my friendships in college would quickly supplement the relationships I had back at home provided me with a lot of needed comfort. I never really did understand diversity until I came to college and met internationals from parts of the world I didn't even know existed! Second semester, I definitely took on the most challenging courses I've ever faced but I'm still able to say that it was a beautiful semester because I struggled alongside my classmates. I know many prefrosh are concerned about the cut-throat stigma, but this definitely is a misconception. I tend to go out of my way to help others, even if this means sacrificing the few hours of sleep I normally get; but, this is common because I know a handful of my classmates have done the same for me. We generally all want each other to succeed. I guess this is because we realize we all have different contributions we offer, and together, these contributions have a synergistic effect. Harvard definitely has a competitive atmosphere, but I'm confident when I say all of my friends are competitive with themselves more so than with others - it's more of a fierce competition with ourselves and a friendly interpersonal competition.

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