Academics

Location
Cambridge, MA
Undergrads
6,652
Tuition
$42,292
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: They have the best academics!

4 College Freshman

Academics: The program is small but caring, and the courses are diverse and informative. There is much to be done about accommodations for students with underlying disabilities/illnesses.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I have actually just been accepted to study abroad through Harvard. They offer programs in Scandanavia, Japan, Italy, etc. and provide a diverse curriculum in all. Economics is a very popular concentration, as well as Government and Psychology.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: East Asian Studies is a strong program at Harvard. The language classes were amazing and the course offerings were varied and broad.

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4 College Junior

Academics: It not only offers the intellectual stimulation I am looking for, it offers courses taught by Harvard professors that are looking to expand their students minds. It is the stepping-stone I need in order to reach my goal of someday becoming the excellent doctor I hope to be.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 4th
    Most Available Classes
  • 5th
    Best Registration Process
  • 8th
    Best Course Variety
  • 9th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 21st
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dominic Hood
Hometown
New Orleans, La.
Major
Psychology
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"Unparalleled," "world-class," and "exciting" are just a few of the words used to described the constellation of academic stars you will find leading class discussions and lecturing on a huge breadth of topics at Harvard. The school's unmatched resources and wide array of fields of study make it the ideal place to pursue nearly any academic interest. However, some students complain that professors are too far removed from undergraduate life, and that in some cases, teaching assistants are left with too much responsibility. Most students are quick to indicate, however, that nearly everyone with any teaching duties is downright brilliant—important lecturers and overworked graduate students alike.

Despite a small number of complaints, Harvard University provides a fertile ground for intellectual growth. Renowned faculty, a treasure trove of resources, and undergraduate motivation all combine to make Harvard a terrific place for higher education. Even if some students have trouble attaining "A" grades, the University passes with flying colors.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
7:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,778
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
640
Total FT Faculty
4,001
Faculty with Terminal Degree
100%
Average Faculty Salary
$151,262
Full-Time Retention Rate
97%
Graduation Rate
97%
Programs/Majors Offered
103
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 78%
  • 20 to 49 students: 14%
  • 50 or more students: 8%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
Harvard College
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctorate – Professional practice
  • Doctorate – Research/scholarship
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 6%
  • Foundations of Education: 5%
  • Law: 4%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • House dining halls
  • Lamont Library
  • The myriad coffee shops around the square
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually go to class.
  • Check your final exam dates before you register for classes.
  • Get advice from upperclassmen.
  • Join study groups, if at all possible.
  • Pick classes you actually like.
  • Success at Harvard requires the same ingredients as success at any other task. Motivation, hard work, and organization will have a larger impact on success than brainpower.
Did You Know?
The Harvard University library collection contains more than 17 million volumes.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 20% Franklin D. Roosevelt - 32nd U.S. president
  • 16% Theodore Roosevelt - 26th U.S. president
  • 12% Yo-Yo Ma - famous composer and musician
  • 12% John Quincy Adams - 6th U.S. president
  • 8% John Roberts - chief justice of the Supreme Court
  • 8% George W. Bush (MBA) - 43rd U.S. president
  • 8% Tommy Lee Jones - star of "The Fugitive"
  • 4% Benazir Bhutto - former prime minister of Pakistan
  • 4% Henry David Thoreau - famed philosopher, author
  • 4% Conan O'Brien - late-night talk show host
  • 4% John F. Kennedy - 35th U.S. President
  • 0% Michael Crichton - author of "Jurassic Park"
  • 0% Soledad O'Brien - broadcast journalist
  • 0% Ralph Waldo Emerson - poet and author
  • 0% John F. Kennedy - 35th U.S. president
  • 0% B.J. Novak - actor, writer, producer
  • 0% Al Gore - 45th U.S. vice president
  • 0% Bill Gates - founder of Microsoft
  • 0% Lou Dobbs - news anchor and host
  • 0% John Adams - 2nd U.S. president

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 31 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 29 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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