Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Large
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 29,908
Religious affiliation None
Student to faculty ratio 7:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 11,250 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Harvard University is one of the most selective institutions in its admission process in the U.S. In Fall 2016, it received 39,041 applications and only 2,110 students were granted admission. Harvard University is at the #3 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 43% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 73% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1430 to 1600
ACT32 to 35

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Harvard University's tuition was $43,280 for all students regardless of residency (61.5% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 72% of Harvard University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 16% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,821 (which is 9.6% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Harvard University in 2016-2017, was 41, which is 2% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $4,858 (which is 17.6% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Harvard University has enrolled a total of 29,908 students (20,591 students full-time and 9,317 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 29,908 students, 12 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 51% men and 49% women and 9,915 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 19,993 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 2,698 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 42%

Non-resident alien: 23%

Asian: 14%

Hispanic: 8%

Black/African American: 5%

Two or more races: 4%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Harvard University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 22% 3,600 1175
Health Professions And Related Programs 14% 2,338 703
Legal Professions And Studies 13% 2,175 0
Education 10% 1,617 75
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 7% 1,203 23
Architecture And Related Services 4% 575 0
Natural Resources And Conservation 2% 315 97
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 2% 295 295
Psychology 2% 268 6
Theology And Religious Vocations 2% 265

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Harvard University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Harvard University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $69,700. Last year, out of the total 2,154 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 1,960 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 2,008 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,787 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $69,700 $90,900
Employment Rate 91% 89%
Total Graduates 2,154 2,008

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Harvard University.

Lesley University
0.3 mile away
Cambridge College
0.5 mile away
Boston University
2 mile away
Wheelock College
2.3 mile away
Tufts University
2.3 mile away