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
    B+
  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-AA
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
6%
SAT Scores Range
1410-1600
ACT Scores Range
32-35
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for Harvard University

Cost

Net Price
$15,095/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $2,473/ year
  • $30-48k
    $3,866/ year
  • $49-75k
    $6,310/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,958/ year
  • $110k+
    $37,275/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
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.63 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.63 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,200Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
15%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Smart
    34%
  • Passionately committed
    32%
  • Brilliant
    24%
  • Average
    3%
  • Empathetic
    3%
  • Nice
    3%
  • Stressed
    3%

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.52 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.66 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 40 responses
Report
  • Intense, Passionate, Diverse and Life Changing
    50%
  • It's Harvard
    23%
  • Intense
    20%
  • In between a fantasy and reality
    5%
  • Realistic and not magical
    3%

After Harvard University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$87,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
98%
National
47%
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

Harvard University Reviews

618 reviews
All Categories
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!
Review Your College
The best people in the world come together in 1 school! Great professors, great alumni, intelligent friends, tons of opportunities.
The academics are absolutely fantastic. They vary, of course, depending on student choice. Many students take only bland huge introductory lecture classes and then complain about how they've never met their professors. However, there are literally thousands of options of the beaten path for small seminar classes in countless areas. I have tried to take as many of these as possible, and my average class size has been about five. Going to dinner at professors' houses is not uncommon, and the vast majority of professors put a lot of time into getting to know students. Every professor holds generous office hours, so any complaint that professors are inaccessible generally rests with the student. After my two-person class last year, which often went hours over, we sometimes went for drinks. Students and professors seem to be parts of the same community, not separate entities. I highly recommend putting at least two small and obscure classes on your schedule every term. Overall, Harvard's academics lives up to its name.