Colleges Harvard University
Harvard University is a private mid-sized institution that was founded in 1636, located in an urban setting just outside of Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts on a campus of 5,076 acres. The university is made up of 13 schools and institutes, including the top-ranked Business School and Medical School. Harvard’s athletic teams compete in the Ivy League, with an annual football matchup against rival Yale. On-campus residential housing is an integral part of student life, where freshmen live at the center of campus and upperclassmen live in undergraduate houses.
The student-faculty ratio at Harvard University is 6:1, and the school has 72% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. Popular majors include Social Sciences, Biology, Mathematics, and History. On campus, Harvard College is a liberal arts and sciences college nestled within a world-class research university, giving you both the freedom to shape your own course of study and the resources to see it through. Harvard emphasizes online learning by offering 150+ courses in Business, Programming, Humanities, Health & Medicine, Education, and more.
Harvard Innovation Labs. We are an innovation ecosystem that exists to support Harvard students and select alumni in their quest to explore the world of game-changing entrepreneurship. Whether you’re here to solve a problem by creating a business, or simply interested in learning about innovation more broadly, we’ll help you get there further, faster. Venture Incubation Program and President’s Innovation Challenge are available to students who’ve made significant advancements and prepared to take the next steps.
Life in the Yard. Life in the Yard provides several opportunities for first-years to interact with peers, upper-class students, faculty, and university staff. First-Year Intramurals offer a chance for students to bond with other freshmen, learn a new sport, and compete to win the Yard Trophy. The First Year FUNd program provides an opportunity to plan social or cultural events. Through specially designed First-Year Experience programs, students learn about college personal development. Each term, students may invite a faculty member to the traditional First-Year Faculty Dinner.
School Mission & Unique Qualities
Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. Eight U.S. presidents graduated from Harvard College, including Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. Harvard’s extensive library system houses the oldest collection in the U.S. and the largest private collection in the world. Harvard’s museums house more than 28 million works of art, artifacts, materials, and instruments. These museums rank alongside some of the greatest in the world and they are open to the public. They welcome more than 650,000 visitors each year.
“The opportunities are endless and the campus culture is very positive and collaborative. Professors are at the top of their fields, and student dining and dorms are great (Annenberg, freshman dining hall, could be better). There’s a diverse and very talented student population.”