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  • General Address :
  • Massachusetts Hall
    Cambridge, Massachusetts 2138
    Phone: (617) 495-1000
  • Institution Type :
  • Private , 4-year
  • Student Population:
  • More than 20,000 students

  • Awards Offered:
  • Certificate

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  • About the School:
  • Harvard College adheres to the purposes for which the Charter of 1650 was granted: "The advancement of all good literature, arts, and sciences; the advancement and education of youth in all manner of good literature, arts, and sciences; and all other necessary provisions that may conduce to the education of the … youth of this country." In brief: Harvard strives to create knowledge, to open the minds of students to that knowledge, and to enable students to take best advantage of their educational opportunities.

    To these ends, the College encourages students to respect ideas and their free expression, and to rejoice in discovery and in critical thought; to pursue excellence in a spirit of productive cooperation; and to assume responsibility for the consequences of personal actions. Harvard seeks to identify and to remove restraints on students’ full participation, so that individuals may explore their capabilities and interests and may develop their full intellectual and human potential. Education at Harvard should liberate students to explore, to create, to challenge, and to lead. The support the College provides to students is a foundation upon which self-reliance and habits of lifelong learning are built: Harvard expects that the scholarship and collegiality it fosters in its students will lead them in their later lives to advance knowledge, to promote understanding, and to serve society.
  • Admission information :
  • Admission Office Phone: (617) 495-1551

    Undergraduate application fee (2006): $65
    Admission / Applications ratio (2006): 9%

    Admission Considerations:
    Secondary school GPA (Recommended), Secondary school rank (Recommended), Secondary school record (Required), Completion of college-prepatory program (Recommended), Recommendations (Required), Admission test scores (Required)
  • Test Scores (2006) :
  • 25th Percentile75th Percentile
    SAT Critical Reading690800
    SAT Math700790
    SAT Writing690780
    ACT Composite3134
    ACT English3135
    ACT Math3035
    25th Percentile = 25% of students scored at or below
    75th Percentile = 25% of students scored above
  • Tuition and Fees :
  • Undergraduate Academic Year Cost:

    2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008
    Tuition and fees $32,097 $33,709 $34,998
    Books and supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
    Room and board (on campus) $9,578 $9,946 $10,622
    Room and board (off campus) $9,578 $9,946 $10,622
  • Financial Aid Information:
  • Financial Aid Office Phone: (617) 495-1581

    Percentage of students receiving any financial aid: 77%

    Average amount of types of financial aid received from:
    Federal Grants: $4,524
    State/Local Grants: $2,321
    Institutional Grants: $28,582
    Student Loans: $3,898
  • Additional Information:
  • Today, Harvard comprises a Faculty of Arts and Sciences, including Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. There are eight other faculties: Business Administration, Design, Divinity, Education, Government, Law, Medicine (including Dental Medicine), and Public Health; and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Its total campus area occupies about 500 acres, concentrated in Cambridge and Boston. Its faculty and staff number about 20,000 individuals, many of them part-time. The University has a regular enrollment of 17,000 plus some 30,000 other students who take credit courses, non-credit courses, and seminars in University Extension, the Summer School, and other programs in continuing education.
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