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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 is an elite private university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the Boston Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,147 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Harvard acceptance rate is only 5%. Popular majors include Economics, Computer Science, and History. Graduating 96% of students, Harvard alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $70,300.
About Harvard University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ivy League
Address
Massachusetts Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138
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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
1460-1590
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
$17,030/ 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
$49,870/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
72%

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
88%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.74 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.74 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,147Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,818
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
16%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 48 responses
Report
  • Passionately committed
    33%
  • Smart
    27%
  • Brilliant
    25%
  • Stressed
    4%
  • Average
    2%
  • Empathetic
    2%
  • Nice
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
57%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.63 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.77 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 49 responses
Report
  • Intense, Passionate, Diverse and Life Changing
    49%
  • It's Harvard
    29%
  • Intense
    16%
  • In between a fantasy and reality
    4%
  • Realistic and not magical
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$89,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
96%
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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I just finished my first year at Harvard. I had a rocky transition at first, but I am really loving it! The professors and TFs I have had are all really friendly and accessible, and there is an endless list of classes that I want to take. Conversations with peers are really thought-provoking and deep. You can find so many great communities through different activities, and there are so many great people on campus. Even as a freshman, I have been offered so many unique opportunities that I know come from Harvard's resources. I never thought it could, but Harvard has really become my home this year.
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The opportunities are truly endless, and the campus culture is very positive and collaborative. Professors are at the top of their fields, and student dorms/dining is great (Annenberg, the freshman dining hall, could be better though). There's a very diverse and incredibly talented student population to inspire you and most of the courses are very well-taught. I'm so grateful to be able to attend Harvard!
I went to Harvard University for two weeks in the summer at a debate camp, in which we learned national-level techniques for speech and debate. They taught us how to cross-examine, how to organize and format arguments, speech exercises, and research methods. It was profoundly informative. Furthermore, the professors were highly helpful and educated and the dorms were of decent quality, despite lacking air conditioning. The campus was quite beautiful, with vast fields of greenery and trees. We went to one party on the Fourth of July with amazing food and a wonderful friend atmosphere. The local area had high-quality restaurants with interesting, modern attractions. The campus food itself was suitable, but not excellent compared to the food sold at restaurants nearby.