Harvard University

612 reviews
  1. Cambridge, MA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B+
Harvard University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Ivy Group
Address
Massachusetts Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138

Harvard University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
6%
SAT Range
1410-1600
ACT Range
32-35
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended

Cost

Net Price
$15,095/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $2,473/ year
  • $30-48k
    $3,866/ year
  • $49-75k
    $6,310/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,958/ year
  • $110k+
    $37,275/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.65 responses
89%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.63 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.63 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,200Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
15%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Smart
    34%
  • Passionately committed
    32%
  • Brilliant
    24%
  • Average
    3%
  • Empathetic
    3%
  • Nice
    3%
  • Stressed
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
60%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.52 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.66 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 40 responses
Report
  • Intense, Passionate, Diverse and Life Changing
    50%
  • It's Harvard
    23%
  • Intense
    20%
  • In between a fantasy and reality
    5%
  • Realistic and not magical
    3%

After Harvard University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$87,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
98%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
95%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.37 responses

Reviews

612 reviews
  • Excellent
    222
  • Very Good
    202
  • Average
    155
  • Poor
    22
  • Terrible
    11
The government major is one of the largest offered on campus and there is a plethora of resources available and no shortage of classes. I have never not gotten into a class I have truly wanted; often begging a professor is all it takes if you miss the lottery. The work load is not too bad, as long as you accept that you will never do all the readings. And the professors do not expect you to - literally! I have had professors actually say that you should pick the more important readings and start from there. What makes this major amazing at Harvard is the availability of graduate classes to the undergrads, with access to both the law school and the Kennedy school of government.
  • College Junior
  • Aug 4 2014
The title says it. There's the T so you can leave campus and explore boston, etc. in an inexpensive way. It might seem like a bubble, but if you think that's not the case to some extent with every university, you're only kidding yourself. But really, cambridge and harvard square are great! The clothing stores are kind of expensive and there are a lot of tourists, but you see all walks of life on the streets of cambridge: rich and poor students, business men and women, barbers and chefs smoking during break, the homeless, etc. It's not a bad bubble to be in. Also, there are some really good food places. Pinocchio's Pizza is my favorite late-night food place to go to. Not much selection on chinese food though in the area :(. Tons of universities close by too (Tufts, BU, MIT, etc.) so if you have friends going to those schools, you can totally hang out every weekend if you want! I haven't seen much negative attitudes towards students--maybe a bit from visiting BU girls though. They're just jealous ;). I once got lost looking for a building and went two miles off track and a really nice realtor in a random building I entered to ask for directions was super duper nice. Most shops do offer discounts to students is you ask, I think. Also, there's always performances on Massachusetts ave. from dancers to singers, etc. I love this campus--one of the reasons I chose Harvard!
  • College Sophomore
  • Jan 19 2012
*Two great gyms, gyms also in the basement of houses (in Eliot House at least). Not a big gym person (New year's resolution is to become one though--fingers crossed!) but the facilities look pretty great. There's also group classes undergrads can take for free like zumba and indoor cycling, etc. Those, if you can find one to attend regularly, are pretty great.
*Libraries are huge--Widener stacks are legen-wait-for-it-dary. Cabot is great for us sciency ones who want to avoid the Lamont crowd. The studying crowd in Lamont can be pretty intimidating actually. Lamont cafe studying is more laid back--maybe too laid back for my taste. Cabot couches are great for in-between-classes naps! :)
*Plenty of campus activities--Cultural Rhythms is my fave. Ghungroo is awesome too.
*All the Houses have their own cute little special features (like all the pianos in Eliot) and I haven't found a house lawn I didn't like yet. The freshman ivy yard's pretty awesome--miss it and wish I had used it more last year! Anenberg looks like the the Harry Potter d-hall. River Houses have a view of the Charles. The classrooms are nice--only had one classroom I disliked but that was because of the class size and the over-crowdedness in the small room.
*Love the Campus!
  • College Sophomore
  • Jan 19 2012