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  • General Address :
  • Massachusetts Hall
    Cambridge, Massachusetts 2138
    Phone: (617) 495-1000
  • Institution Type :
  • Private , 4-year
  • Student Population:
  • More than 20,000 students

  • Awards Offered:
  • Certificate

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  • About the School:
  • Harvard College adheres to the purposes for which the Charter of 1650 was granted: "The advancement of all good literature, arts, and sciences; the advancement and education of youth in all manner of good literature, arts, and sciences; and all other necessary provisions that may conduce to the education of the … youth of this country." In brief: Harvard strives to create knowledge, to open the minds of students to that knowledge, and to enable students to take best advantage of their educational opportunities.

    To these ends, the College encourages students to respect ideas and their free expression, and to rejoice in discovery and in critical thought; to pursue excellence in a spirit of productive cooperation; and to assume responsibility for the consequences of personal actions. Harvard seeks to identify and to remove restraints on students’ full participation, so that individuals may explore their capabilities and interests and may develop their full intellectual and human potential. Education at Harvard should liberate students to explore, to create, to challenge, and to lead. The support the College provides to students is a foundation upon which self-reliance and habits of lifelong learning are built: Harvard expects that the scholarship and collegiality it fosters in its students will lead them in their later lives to advance knowledge, to promote understanding, and to serve society.
  • Admission information :
  • Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $75
    Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
    Number of applicants35,02318,32716,696
    Percent admitted6%6%6%
    Percent admitted who enrolled81%80%83%
    Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
    Secondary school GPAX
    Secondary school rankX
    Secondary school recordX
    Completion of college-preparatory programX
    Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
    Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
    Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
    Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
    *  25% of students scored at or below
    ** 25% of students scored above
    • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
    • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
    SAT Critical Reading700800
    SAT Math710800
    SAT Writing710800
    ACT Composite3235
    ACT English3335
    ACT Math3135
    ACT Writing810
  • Tuition and Fees :
  • Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
    Tuition and fees$38,415$39,851$40,866$42,2923.5%
    Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
    Living arrangement
    On Campus
    Room and board$12,308$12,801$13,630$14,1153.6%
    Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
    On Campus$53,950$56,000$57,950$59,9503.5%
  • Financial Aid Information:
  • Financial Aid Office Phone: (617) 495-1581
    Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
    Any student financial aid11,24375%————
    Grant or scholarship aid97258%$40,343,128$41,505
    Federal grants25015%$1,806,299$7,225
    Pell grants25015%$1,114,427$4,458
    Other federal grants17410%$691,872$3,976
    State/local government grant or scholarships724%$168,956$2,347
    Institutional grants or scholarships96358%$38,367,873$39,842
    Student loan aid1489%$927,488$6,267
    Federal student loans443%$177,234$4,028
    Other student loans1278%$750,254$5,908

    Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
    Grant or scholarship aid14,54543%$174,443,184$38,381
    Pell grants1,07310%$4,625,869$4,311
    Federal student loans3063%$1,508,514$4,930

  • Additional Information:
  • Today, Harvard comprises a Faculty of Arts and Sciences, including Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. There are eight other faculties: Business Administration, Design, Divinity, Education, Government, Law, Medicine (including Dental Medicine), and Public Health; and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Its total campus area occupies about 500 acres, concentrated in Cambridge and Boston. Its faculty and staff number about 20,000 individuals, many of them part-time. The University has a regular enrollment of 17,000 plus some 30,000 other students who take credit courses, non-credit courses, and seminars in University Extension, the Summer School, and other programs in continuing education.
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