Harvard University (https://www.harvard.edu), founded in 1636, is not only one of oldest universities in the world but also one of the most popular. It is the oldest institute of higher learning in the United States and among the most prestigious in the world. Harvard, along with Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University, forms the Ivy League (also known a Ancient Eight).
Harvard is a private, not-for-profit education institute, situated just outside of Boston in Cambridge. It is made up of 13 schools and institutes: Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Law School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School, Harvard Extension School, Graduate School of Design, Graduate School of Education, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
The world renowned university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 134 graduate degrees, and 32 professional degrees. Harvard is one of the largest, highly residential research university. The university requires students to stay on-campus as it is an integral part of the university life. Freshmen or first-year students live in dorms in shared suites. The arrangement provides ample chance for students to socialize and bond.
Harvard has three main campuses: Cambridge Campus on Harvard Yard (209-acre); Allston across the Charles river (358-acre); and the Medical School at Longwood (21-acre). The large campuses also boasts of the largest academic library system in the world. The library system comprises of 79 individual libraries holding a whooping 20,400,000 (20.4 million) items. The university also comprise of three museums showcasing art from the different geographical regions of the world.
Harvard is among the top two most commonly named “Dream Universities” for both parents and students alike. This confidence of people also shows in the ranking of the university over the years. Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has always ranked Harvard as the World’s Top University since the ranking’s inception in 2003. QS World University Ranking has always ranked Harvard among the top 5 universities in the world since 2012.
The World’s best university boasts of many notable alumni including 8 US Presidents and 79 Noble Laureates (still counting). Harvard students and alumni have also won 108 Olympic Medals and will win many more in the coming years.
Admissions Statistics for Class of 2025
|Early Admissions||Regular Admissions||Total|
|Number of Applicants||10,086||47,349||57,435|
Harvard College Admissions Rate Over the Years
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