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Harvard University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the US. Founded in 1636, it predates the birth of the US by 140 years. Students at Harvard have many sights to see if they decide to tour Cambridge, MA. You could visit the USS Constitution, the Bunker Hill Monument, the Paul Revere house, or Boston Common, just to name a few. Students who drive, on and off campus, should learn how the roads and highways surrounding the university are oriented; traffic moves fast and is routinely congested.


Overview of Harvard University


Harvard itself is a compact campus, with historic old brick buildings clustered around the Harvard Square and each other. The university has divided freshmen into one dormitory and upperclassmen into another.

Harvard is a private, not-for-profit institution located within a midsize city. Campus housing is available for students who want to live on-campus; because rents in the city are quite high, this is advisable.

The student-faculty ratio is 7 to 1, giving instructors and students plenty of opportunities to meet and discuss class materials. Student enrollment is 31,500+; undergraduate students make up not quite 10,000 of those students. And graduate students make up the remainder: 21,600+. The split between male and female students is 50-50.

General Information


School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Midsize
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 7:1
Graduation Rate 98%
Year Founded 1636

Student Enrollment


Total Students31,566

Undergraduate
9,950
Graduate
21,616

Undergraduate Student

Male 4,975
4,975
Female 4,975
4,975

Graduate Student

Male 10,808
10,808
Female 10,808
10,808

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Admissions


APPLICATION42,749

Male 21,261
Female 21,488

ACCEPTANCE2,137

Male 1,063
Female 1,074

Acceptance Rate5%

Male 5%
Female 5%

Enrollment 1,753

Male 1,455
Female 1,420
Admissions
Application Fee $75
High School GPA Recommended
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses N/A
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) N/A
Application Deadline January 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid


In a recent academic year, tuition and fees were around $51,900. The average net price sat at almost $17,600 for full-time freshmen. Average net price is derived after all applicable financial aid has been applied. Students who were in the military are able to apply GI education benefits toward their tuition and fees, which includes the cost of books.

Family income often affects the average net price. Families earning up to $30,000 ended up paying an average net price of $2,382. For families whose income was between $30,001 and $48,000, the average net price was $1,094. If income was between $48,001 and $75,000, the average net price was $3,149. An income of $75,001 to $110,000 meant an average net price of $19,733. And a family income of $110,001 or higher meant an average net price of $46,466.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $17,590
Average Total Aid $53,545
Students Receiving Financial Aid 77%
Room & Board $17,682

Sticker Price


  • Tuition In-State - $51,925
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $51,925
  • Books and Supplies - $1,000
  • Room & Board - $17,682
  • Other - $3,193

Academics


Harvard University’s retention rate for first-time students is 99% - almost all first-time students who began school at Harvard returned for their next academic year. The graduation rates are divided between four-year and six-year rates. Students who graduated in four years had an 86% graduation rate. For students who graduated in six years, the graduation rate was 97%.

Academics at the university include some very popular majors for students. Biological and biomedical sciences is a popular option for Harvard Students. However, business, management, and marketing are some of the most popular choices, as students are looking for highly lucrative careers. Other popular options include computer and information sciences, education and its specialties, engineering, health professions, and legal professions and studies.

Student Population Total


Student Population 31,566

Undergraduate
9,950
Graduate
21,616
Evening Classes : Yes
Distance Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)


All Social Science Majors 591 Total Graduates / 32%
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 224 Graduates
Social Sciences, General 178 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 129 Graduates
Sociology 43 Graduates
Anthropology 17 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 250 Total Graduates / 14%
Evolutionary Biology 78 Graduates
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 61 Graduates
Neurobiology and Anatomy 45 Graduates
Developmental Biology and Embryology 37 Graduates
Neuroscience 29 Graduates
Mathematics and Statistics 185 Total Graduates / 10%
Applied Mathematics, General 103 Graduates
Statistics, General 50 Graduates
Mathematics, General 32 Graduates
History 139 Total Graduates / 8%
History, General 54 Graduates
History, Other 49 Graduates
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology 36 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 139 Total Graduates / 8%
Mathematics, General 32 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 22%

Outcome & Salary


Graduates of Harvard University can usually expect a good outcome from attending and graduating from this university. First, their average salaries are relatively high starting out. Next, their return on investment (ROI) is excellent, meaning their educations resulted in high salaries.

The early career salary of an average Harvard graduate is $74,800; average salary is $90,000; and mid-career salary, $146,800. Their 10-year salary potential is up to $900,000; the 20-year potential for earnings is $2,368,000. And that’s after students pay, on average, $70,360 for their education.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $74,800
College Grads Average Salary $90,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $146,800
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $900,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $2,368,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $70,360
10 Year Projected ROI $829,640
20 Year Projected ROI $2,297,640
No Colleage Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $37,960
10 Year Projected Income $379,600
20 Year Projected Income $759,200

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