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Harvard University

About Harvard

Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. Harvard faculty are engaged with teaching and research to push the boundaries of human knowledge. For students who are excited to investigate the biggest issues of the 21st century, Harvard offers an unparalleled student experience and a generous financial aid program, with over $160 million awarded to more than 60% of our undergraduate students. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education.

Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world.


There has never been a more exciting time to be at Harvard. Founded in 1636, America’s first college has been transformed in recent years by new initiatives that have greatly enhanced the undergraduate experience. Today’s students come from all over the nation and the world to attend an extraordinary institution that combines many aspects of a small residential college with the resources of an unparalleled research university. We hope that as you plan your academic future, you will take time to look closely at the special opportunities Harvard has to offer. 

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Harvard College offers academic opportunities to its students that are virtually unsurpassed at American universities. Courses taught by world-class scholars are available on topics that span the globe, cover the latest scientific discoveries, and delve deeply into the realms of art and culture and into the past. Harvard College students pursue knowledge both broadly and in depth, intellectually tasting a range of important topics and approaches to human knowledge while they also undertake advanced work within a special area of concentration.

The Faculty’s departmental structure supports programs that guide concentrators from their first introduction to a field to greater levels of sophistication, while a number of other academic programs support Harvard students’ broader educational needs and specialized academic opportunities. Students negotiate the array of academic offerings with the help of an extensive advising system that is offered through the concentrations and in the residences, and that addresses student concerns from the most routine administrative questions to questions about shaping academic programs that are right for an individual student’s needs. Many non-curricular resources are available that help translate our students’ goals into reality. 

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Contact Harvard

General Information

Primary mailing address:

Massachusetts Hall

Cambridge, MA 02138

Tel: 617.495.1000


Admissions and Aid Information

Mailing address:

Harvard College

86 Brattle Street

Cambridge, MA 02138 

Undergraduate Admissions

Tel: 617.495.1551

Fax: 617.495.8821


Undergraduate Financial Aid

Graduate and Special Programs


Media Inquiries

Harvard University Public Affairs & Communications
Tel: 617.495.1585


Public Safety

Harvard University Police Department
Tel: 617.495.1215 (non-emergency)

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