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Harvard College Stats, Info and Facts

Harvard College is a close-knit undergraduate program within Harvard University. With world-class faculty, groundbreaking research opportunities, an inclusive residential environment, and a dedication to affordability, students have all the resources they need to fulfill their academic and personal potential. Our unparalleled student experience educates the next generation of citizens and citizen leaders. In addition, Harvard has one of the most generous need-based financial aid programs in the world, ensuring that the cost will never stand in the way of a Harvard education.

Academic Environment:

An education at Harvard has limitless possibilities. We offer 49 concentrations and more than 40 secondary fields. Choose from more than 3,500 courses in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and engineering. You can also study over 80 languages in small classroom settings; our median class size is 12 students. Additionally, as a student at the College, you will have access to the unique resources of the entire University including our renowned graduate schools, research centers, theaters, museums, and the Innovation Lab.

Residential Life:

Undergraduates at Harvard form a part of our legendary House System, where they can enjoy a faculty-led, small residential college experience with enhanced personal advising that contributes to our 98% graduation rate.

Student Activities:

In addition to our academic offerings, students can select from a vast array of extracurricular activities and athletics. Meet classmates from every cultural, ethnic, and economic background. Room with students from any of the 50 states or from countries around the world.

Financial Aid:

Most importantly, you can afford to go to Harvard. Harvard is consistently named a "Best Value" school by US News. In fact, the majority of Harvard families pay an average of only $12,000 per year due to our revolutionary financial aid program. We do not require students to take out loans. We want our graduates to be free to pursue what they find most rewarding in life without debt. Our financial aid policy is the same regardless of citizenship or citizenship status. If you need a fee-waiver to apply, just ask.

Visit Us:

You are welcome to join us for an information session or tour. Take a few steps beyond the Yard to explore the world-class laboratories, international research centers, and museums. A few steps in another direction brings you into Harvard Square, a lively hub for student life. A short 10-minute subway ride from Harvard Square will take you to the heart of Boston, America's college town. If you aren't able to visit Cambridge, we also offer a virtual tour on our website.

At this important crossroads in your life, talk to your family and college counselor. As admission to Harvard and similar colleges is competitive, we ask only that you take a moment to consider Harvard and learn more.

Reviews in 3 Sentences
  • Current Sophomore
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  • 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.…

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  • Cat from Cambridge, MA
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  • 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…

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  • Aus10
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  • 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…

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  • Sarah from Manchester, NH
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  • 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…

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  • CLAUDIA from CAMBRIDGE, MA
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  • 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…

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Reviews

Student Responses to Review Topic: Am I Enjoying Being Here
  • 5
  • Jesus from El Paso, TX
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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