Harvard University

Harvard University

Harvard University, established in 1636, is the United States' oldest university for higher learning. This private university, founded by the colonial Massachusetts legislature, occupies 380 acres of land and offers enrollment to more than 10,000 students. The college has 9 faculties. They are (in order of foundation):

  • The Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • The Faculty of Medicine
  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Harvard Law School
  • Harvard Business School
  • The Graduate School of Design
  • The Graduate School of Education
  • The School of Public Health
  • The John F. Kennedy School of Government

Harvard University's athletic teams are nicknamed Crimson. The sports teams of the university participate in swimming, basketball, tennis, football and various other athletics events. Noteworthy alumni of the university include former lawyer Francis Lee Bailey, horse racing expert Andrew Beyer, tennis player James Blake and inventor Edwin Land.

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Cambridge , MA 02138
General Phone: (617) 495-1000

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Harvard Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,845East Asian studies, Near/Middle east studies, area studies, African-American studies, women's studies, linguistics, comparative literature, Slavic languages, German language, ...
Business and Management962business, business management, managerial economics, organizational behavior
Medicine788dentistry, advanced general dentistry, oral pathology, advanced dentistry, pre-med, medicine, public health, public health courses
Law766law, advanced legal research
Science675biology, biochemistry, biophysics, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, cell biology, call and molecular biology, bacteriology, virology, immunology, ...
Education and Teaching607education
Family and Social Work582public administration, public policy analysis
Architecture and Planning248architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture
Religion and Philosophy210philosophy, religion, theology, ministry, theology and religious vocations
Therapy and Counseling131psychology, social psychology
Mathematics114mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics
Engineering68engineering science
Computer Science and Engineering58computer and info science, computer science, computer services management
Art Studies36visual and performing arts, art studies
Conservation and Resource Management24environmental studies, natural resources management
Fine Arts18art history and criticism
Media7media studies

Number of programs and degrees for Harvard in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,75546
Postbaccalaureate certificate857
Master's degree3,62257
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship66661
Post-master's certificate2233
Doctor's degree - professional practice8023
Associate's degree71

Harvard Student Body

In 2007-2008, Harvard had a total enrollment of 25,690 students (24,243 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 49%
Women 51%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 43%
Graduate 57%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 48%
Black 6%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 14%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 14%
(Foreign Students) 12%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 11%
20-21 12%
22-24 14%
25-29 26%
30-34 9%
35-39 3%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Harvard Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 96 %

Harvard Room and Board (2007)

Harvard offers campus housing for 13,042 of its 24,243 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Cambridge, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Harvard Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal690800
SAT Math700780
SAT Writing690790
ACT Verbal3235
ACT Math3135
ACT Composite3135

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT98%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT25%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)not required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Harvard Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 36,173
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 36,173
Room and board $ 11,042
Room charge $ 6,060
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,982
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,035

Financial Aid:
Harvard participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 215500)

Harvard Faculty

Harvard has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year692$194,806190$180,404
Associate professoracademic year112$117,89971$99,086
Assistant professoracademic year167$103,82799$97,894
Instructoracademic year48$55,27865$56,098
Lectureracademic year80$106,95857$94,750
No academic rankacademic year34$60,98029$64,998
All faculty totalacademic year1,133$157,663511$121,204

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Harvard Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Ivy Group
Basketball Ivy Group
Baseball Ivy Group
Track Ivy Group

Harvard Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer/Info Tech Services Administration & Management, Other

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies
Natural Resources Management and Policy

Education And Teaching
Education, General

Engineering Science

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Advanced Legal Research/Studies, Gen (LLM, MCL, MLI, MSL, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American History (United States)
Area Studies, Other
Asian History
Celtic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
German Language and Literature
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
History, General
History, Other
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Museology/Museum Studies
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Sanskrit/Classical Indian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Social Sciences, General
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication and Media Studies, Other

Advanced General Dentistry (Cert, MS, PhD)
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences, Other
Dentistry (DDS, DMD)
Medicine (MD)
Oral Biology and Oral Pathology (MS, PhD)
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
Public Health, Other

Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Religion/Religious Studies
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other
Theology/Theological Studies

Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other
Atomic/Molecular Physics
Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Evolutionary Biology
Genetics, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Neurobiology and Neurophysiology
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
Social Psychology

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