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Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

About Harvard University

Harvard University is one of the most highly ranked and globally respected academic institutions in the world. The private, medium-sized, liberal arts university, offers 4 year undergraduate programs at it’s college level. Harvard is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts - an urban setting across the Charles River from Boston. The college is coed, and most students live on campus.

A Brief History
A brief history

Founded in 1636, Harvard was named for the college’s first benefactor, the young minister, John Harvard, who upon his death in 1638, left his library and half his estate to the institution.

General info
General information

Harvard is made up of the undergraduate college, and 11 other postgrad institutions including the highly ranked Business School, Law School, Medical School and John F. Kennedy School of Government.


Acceptance Rate

1460 - 1580

Average SAT Score

32 - 35

Average ACT Score

3.7 - 4.0

GPA Aim (top of class)
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Quick facts about Harvard

  • Undergrad degree: 4 year liberal arts
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Setting: Urban
  • Residential Status: Primarily on campus
  • Number of Undergraduates: 6,755 (approx)
  • Number of Freshman: 1,644 (approx)
  • Acceptance Rate: 4.92%
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What is the median starting salary of Harvard graduates?

$69,000 USD

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How hard is it to get into Harvard?

Very! Harvard’s acceptance rate is below 5%.

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