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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1636
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Cold (Continental)
    • Location:
    • Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, 2138
    • Phone:
    • +16174951000
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Harvard University 

The Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Established in 1636 and named for its first benefactor clergyman John Harvard, Harvard is the United States' oldest institution of higher learning, and its history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world's most prestigious universities. The Harvard Corporation is its first chartered corporation. Although never formally affiliated with any denomination, the early College primarily trained Congregational and Unitarian clergy. Its curriculum and student body were gradually secularized during the 18th century, and by the 19th century, Harvard had emerged as the central cultural establishment among Boston elites. Following the American Civil War, President Charles W. Eliot's long tenure (1869–1909) transformed the college and affiliated professional schools into a modern research university; Harvard was a founding member of the Association of American Universities in 1900. A. Lawrence Lowell, who followed Eliot, further reformed the undergraduate curriculum and undertook aggressive expansion of Harvard's land holdings and physical plant. James Bryant Conant led the university through the Great Depression and World War II and began to reform the curriculum and liberalize admissions after the war. The undergraduate college became coeducational after its 1977 merger with Radcliffe College.

Academic Highlights

Harvard university is organised into eleven separate academic units—ten faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study—with campuses throughout the Boston metropolitan area: its 209-acre (85 ha) main campus is centered on Harvard Yard in Cambridge, approximately 3 miles (5 km) northwest of Boston; the business school and athletics facilities, including Harvard Stadium, are located across the Charles River in the Allston neighborhood of Boston and the medical, dental, and public health schools are in the Longwood Medical Area.The endowment of Harvard's is worth $37.1 billion, making it the largest of any academic institution.

Life in Harvard University 

With Academic excellence, Harvard University is also Competes in the NCAA and has a total of 1239 student athletes, 726 men and 513 women who compete in intercollegiate athletics.

School Ranking

Harvard University is ranked No. 3 (tie) in Best Business Schools. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

Admissions

Harvard University Admission is extremely selective with an acceptance rate of 5%. Students that get into Harvard have an average SAT score between 1460-1590 or an average ACT score of 32-35. The regular admissions application deadline for Harvard is January 1.

Notable Alumni

The list includes people like Kamala Harris, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John F. Kennedy, Natalie Portman, Theodore Roosevelt & Mark Zuckerberg. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as intellectuals & academics, writers, scientists, leaders and media personalities etc.

Acceptance Rate

The overall acceptance rate trend for Harvard University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years. Acceptance Rate By Year. 2009-2010: 7.2%; 2010-2011: 7.2%; 2011-2012: 6.3%; 2012-2013: 5.8%; 2013-2014: 5.8%; Projected Acceptance Rate 2020-2021: 6.2%




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