A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B
Harvard University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ivy Group
Address
Massachusetts Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138

Harvard University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
5%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1430-1600
ACT Range
32-35
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$16,205/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $3,294/ year
  • $30-48k
    $1,665/ year
  • $49-75k
    $6,577/ year
  • $76-110k
    $11,222/ year
  • $110k+
    $44,238/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
7:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.65 responses
89%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.66 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.66 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,183Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
15%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 41 responses
Report
  • Passionately committed
    32%
  • Smart
    32%
  • Brilliant
    24%
  • Stressed
    5%
  • Average
    2%
  • Empathetic
    2%
  • Nice
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
60%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.55 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.69 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 43 responses
Report
  • Intense, Passionate, Diverse and Life Changing
    51%
  • It's Harvard
    23%
  • Intense
    19%
  • In between a fantasy and reality
    5%
  • Realistic and not magical
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$87,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
97%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
95%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.37 responses
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Harvard University Reviews

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Harvard University offers the most incredible experience for its students. From the rich history to the esteemed faculty to the vibrant atmosphere of Harvard Square, it is truly one of a kind and inspiring. During my time at Harvard, I got to dance to Gangnam Style with Psy, read a Gutenberg Bible, study and work under my hero, perform fMRIs, and eat brunch in what is essentially the Great Hall of Hogwarts. I cannot begin to tell you the opportunities available here nor what you will learn from working and studying alongside people from all over the world. Harvard also tries to promote diversity further by offering a needs-blind application process and a financial aid package that guarantees you will not have to turn down your acceptance due to financial hardship! Harvard truly takes care of its students, giving them every opportunity imaginable and giving them an experience they will never forget.
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Harvard is a really great school like any other and your experience is really what you make of it. Don't beat yourself up trying to get accepted, though, because I'm sure you can have an equally great experience at another college that may be a better fit for you. Good luck in the college search process!
The best people in the world come together in 1 school! Great professors, great alumni, intelligent friends, tons of opportunities.