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Harvard University
  • 4 Year
  • CAMBRIDGE, MA

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Report Card

grade A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A+
  2. Value
    grade A+
  3. Diversity
    grade A+
  4. Campus
    grade A
  5. Athletics
    grade B+
  6. Party Scene
    grade A
  7. Professors
    grade A+
  8. Location
    grade A+
  9. Dorms
    grade A
  10. Campus Food
    grade A minus
  11. Student Life
    grade A+
  12. Safety
    grade B+

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Harvard is an elite private university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the Boston Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 5,699 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Harvard acceptance rate is only 5%. Popular majors include Economics, Computer Science, and Social Science Research Methods. Graduating 98% of students, Harvard alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $70,300.

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MASSACHUSETTS HALL
CAMBRIDGE, MA 02138
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ivy League

Harvard University Rankings

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

Harvard Admissions

Acceptance Rate
5%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1460-1580
ACT Range
33-35
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$18,037 / year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$57,877 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
72%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
3:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 65 responses
83%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 83 responses
47%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 83 responses

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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    0%
  • On Campus
    0%
  • Online
    100%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,699 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,828
Undergrads Over 25
26%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
16%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 56 responses
  • Passionately committed
    34%
  • Smart
    23%
  • Brilliant
    21%
  • Nice
    5%
  • Outgoing
    5%
  • Stressed
    4%
  • Arrogant
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
51%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene. 72 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 86 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 57 responses
  • Intense, Passionate, Diverse and Life Changing
    44%
  • It's Harvard
    30%
  • Intense
    16%
  • In between a fantasy and reality
    5%
  • Fast-paced
    2%
  • Home away from home
    2%
  • Realistic and not magical
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$89,700 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
98%
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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