Harvard, founded in 1636, is a private, Ivy League institution. Its undergraduate college has no established freshman program. Students sample courses at the beginning of each semester and create their own study plan with an academic advisor. At the undergraduate level, Harvard promotes close collaboration between students and faculty on coursework and research. Its popular Freshman Seminar Program enables small groups of first-year students to work intimately with faculty on any of 130 different topics. Nearly all Harvard undergraduates live on campus for the first year in dormitories and later in Houses led by senior faculty members. Harvard''s historic 380-acre campus is located in Cambridge, across the Charles River from Boston.

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collegeType
Private
studentType
Coed
7,240
Undergraduates
3,490
Men - 48.2%
3,751
Women - 51.8%
5,169
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
3% of 61,221 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
January 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
4
SAT Math
760-800 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
730-780 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
34-36 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
$82,950
Tuition and Fees
$59,076
Room and Board
$20,374
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$67,898
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$13,683
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
13
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
39%
10-19
31%
20-29
9%
30-39
6%
40-49
4%
50-99
6%
Over 100
5%
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Cambridge Population
119,192
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
97% of all students
Mascot
John Harvard
Sororities
Not reported
Fraternities
Not reported
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.3%
Asian
26%
Black/African-American
10.7%
Hispanic/Latino
13.7%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
8.8%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.2%
White
39.1%
Unknown
1.3%
International Students
13.1% from 114 countries
First-Year Students Returning
98.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
86.8%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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