Harvard University


Founded in 1636, Harvard University is US's oldest higher education institute. It is located in Massachusetts, Cambridge, three miles from northwest Boston. The university is widely regarded in terms of its reputation, academic pedigree and influence as a leading institute in the United States and the world. Harvard University has a 209-acre campus which houses 10 schools. In addition, the university has the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, 5 museums, and 2 theatres. The Library of Harvard is the largest academic library system, with 180,000 serial titles, 18 million volumes, 10 million photographs and an estimated 400 million manuscript items.

This institute is a private Ivy League research university. Its wealth, history, and influence have made it one of the world's most prestigious educational institutions. Harvard University's mission is to give citizen-leaders and citizens for society. They do this through a commitment to the transformative power of science education and liberal arts.


Student body of Harvard is a total of 21,000. Harvard Alumni include 8 U.S. presidents and 188 living billionaires, which is the most of any university. Alumni and students of the university have won 48 Pulitzer Prizes, 110 Olympic medals (46 gold), and 10 Academy Awards. They have also found many notable companies. Undergraduate Council at Harvard University represents college students. The Graduate Council is the representative body for all graduate and professional school students.

The Harvard participates in the NCAA Division I Ivy League conference. The Harvard school has 42 intercollegiate sports teams, which is more than any other college in the United States. Yale and Harvard field and track teams come together every 2 years and compete against a combined Cambridge and Oxford teams in the oldest international amateur competition in the world.

At Harvard University, there is an environment where students can celebrate individuality and foster learning and a living environment. In the academic community of the university, students can share and explore ideas and experiences and connect with each other. The community of Harvard University is strengthened by its diverse interests, perspectives and identities.


Among other traditions of Harvard, the housing system is the best-known tradition. Newly enrolled, first-year student lives in shared suites and dorms adjacent to Harvard Yard. These students eat most of their meals in Annenberg Hall. At the end of the first year, these students are placed into one of Harvard's 12 living spaces or Houses. Each of these houses has the capacity to accommodate 300-500 students. The quality of Harvard Houses is that they create a close-knit community.


Following are the global rankings of Harvard University.

  • By QS World Ranking, Harvard University ranks 5.
  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, Harvard University ranks 2.
  • US News and World Report rank Harvard University at 3.


Harvard University
Cambridge, MA, United States

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