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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

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
86%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.76 responses
47%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.76 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 50 responses
Report
  • Passionately committed
    34%
  • Smart
    26%
  • Brilliant
    24%
  • Stressed
    4%
  • Stressed
    4%
  • Average
    2%
  • Empathetic
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
55%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.65 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.79 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 51 responses
Report
  • Intense, Passionate, Diverse and Life Changing
    49%
  • It's Harvard
    27%
  • Intense
    16%
  • In between a fantasy and reality
    4%
  • Bad trashy Health Hazard
    2%
  • 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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Harvard is incredible! The campus is vibrant and there are always tourists. It is especially busy during fall because the foliage is beautiful. The professors are very knowledgeable. Most write their own textbooks, so they truly know what they are teaching. The students are also great; they are intellectual, fun, and laidback. It is a great experience studying here!
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I loved the campus and the teachers, especially my professors. I really got a chance to connect with them while on campus! I loved their teaching methods; they really let us explore the topics we covered, by ourselves, and with our own interest. They gave us constructive criticism and we gladly grew and flourished in that environment. I would like to change one though, and that is the parking on campus. Harvard has a major parking problem, and that should really be taken a look at.
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.