Ivy League schools: harvard university

Harvard University is tops among Ivy League Schools, and is one of the most frequently searched universities in the world, according to a recent internet keyword search of American colleges. 

Harvard is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The school was established in 1636. In fact, it is the nation's oldest institution of higher learning. Harvard University currently maintains an enrollment of roughly 21,000 undergraduate and post graduate students. 

Harvard University consists of the following colleges: 

  1. School of Arts & Sciences
  2. School of Business
  3. School of Dental Medicine
  4. School of Design
  5. School of Divinity
  6. School of Education
  7. School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  8. School of Government
  9. School of Law 
  10. School of Medicine
  11. School of Public Health

Harvard has always been among the world's most difficult schools to get in to, with an acceptance rate of only about 5 percent. Notable Harvard graduates include 8 U.S. Presidents, hundreds of Rhodes Scholars, numerous Nobel laureates, and many dozen billionaires, not to mention all the winners of Academy Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, and Olympic medals. 

Harvard is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges


Shown above: An aerial view of the Harvard campus in Cambridge.

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Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about Harvard. 

Harvard university Q&A

1. Where is Harvard University?

Harvard has campuses throughout the Boston metropolitan area. The main campus of Harvard is located approximately 3 miles northwest of Boston, at the following physical address: 

Harvard University

Massachusetts Hall

Cambridge, Massachusetts


2. What programs are offered at Harvard University?

Harvard offers hundreds of undergraduate majors, graduate degrees, and professional degrees in many fields of study, including medicine and law. Like other Ivy League schools, Harvard's main focus is on graduate programs, although nearly one third of Harvard students are undergrads. Undergraduate students typically attend the School of Arts & Sciences. 

Harvard undergrads are expected to complete courses in 8 categories of general education:

  1. Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding
  2. Culture and Belief
  3. Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning
  4. Ethical Reasoning
  5. Science of Living Systems
  6. Science of the Physical Universe
  7. Societies of the World
  8. United States in the World 

Here is a list of some undergraduate majors, or concentrations, offered at Harvard: 

  • African and African American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Astrophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical and Physical Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry and Physics
  • Classics
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Sciences
  • English
  • Environmental Science and Public Policy
  • Folklore and Mythology
  • Germanic Languages and Literature
  • Government
  • History
  • History and Literature
  • History and Science
  • History of Art and Architecture 
  • Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology
  • Human Evolutionary Biology
  • Integrative Biology
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Music
  • Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  • Neurobiology
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Romance Languages
  • Slavic Languages 
  • Social Studies
  • Sociology
  • South Asian Studies
  • Statistics
  • Theater, Dance, and Media
  • Visual and Environmental Studies
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality 

Above: Inside the architecturally stunning Memorial Hall.

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3. What courses are taught at Harvard University Law School?

Here is an alphabetical list of most of the individual courses offered at Harvard Law:

  • Administrative Law
  • Advertising Law
  • American Democracy
  • American Indian Law
  • American Legal History
  • Analytical Methods
  • Animal Law
  • Anti Trust Law 
  • Appellate Courts
  • Arts and Law
  • Asian Americans and the Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Becoming a Law Professor
  • Black Lives Matter and the Law
  • Business Strategy for Lawyers
  • Business Valuation
  • Capital Markets Regulation
  • Capital Punishment
  • Child Advocacy
  • China and Hong Kong Law
  • Civil Liberties
  • Civil Procedure
  • Civil Rights
  • Climate Change Law
  • Clinical Practice
  • Commercial Law
  • Communications and Internet Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Computer Programming for Lawyers 
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Congress and the Courts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contemporary Developing Countries 
  • Contracts 
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Corporations
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Crimmigration Law
  • Cyberlaw 
  • Disability Rights Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Drug Product Liability  
  • Economics, Law, and Public Policy
  • Education Law
  • Election Law 
  • Employment Law 
  • Energy Law
  • English Legal History
  • Entertainment and Media Law
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Environmental Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Ethics 
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Fashion Law
  • Federal Law 
  • Financial Regulation
  • Food Law
  • Global Law
  • Government Law
  • Healthcare Law 
  • Housing Law
  • Human Rights Advocacy
  • Immigration Law 
  • Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Law
  • Islamic Law
  • Japanese Law
  • Judicial Process
  • Korean Law
  • Latino Civil Rights Advocacy
  • Law and Ancient Judaism
  • Law and Catholic Social Thought 
  • Law and Cognition
  • Law and Neuroscience 
  • Law and Performing Arts
  • Law and Psychology
  • Law and Rhetoric 
  • Legal History
  • Legal Profession
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Mass Media Law
  • Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice 
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Negotiation 
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Patent Law
  • Poverty Law
  • Predatory Lending
  • Privacy Law
  • Private Law 
  • Problem Solving
  • Property Law
  • Public Health Law
  • Race Law 
  • Real Estate Law
  • Religion and Human Rights 
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Roman Law
  • Science and the Law
  • Securities Law 
  • Social Change
  • Sovereignty 
  • Sports Law
  • Supreme Court Litigation
  • Torts
  • Tax Law
  • Technology Law
  • Transactional Law
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Veterans Law
  • Venture Law
  • White Collar Criminal Law

Above: Harvard Law School, considered the best of all Ivy League schools.

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Below: The Harvard Law School Library

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4. How much does it cost to attend Harvard University?

Naturally, Ivy League schools will tend to have higher tuitions than other colleges. According to the Harvard website, the cost of tuition for one year of enrollment is as follows:

  • Tuition      $44,990
  • Fees         $ 3,959
  • Room       $10,300
  • Board       $ 6,360
  • Total       $65,609

Additional fees may also apply. These may include application fees, lab fees, materials fees, technology fees, insurance fees, and others. Students must also factor in personal expenses and transportation costs. 

Fortunately, like other Ivy League schools, Harvard's hefty endowment allows them to offer generous financial aid packages. Financial aid is frequently available to Harvard students who complete and submit the FAFSA form in a timely manner. Roughly 70 percent of Harvard students receive some form of financial aid: 

  • Families with incomes below $65,000 pay nothing for their children to attend Harvard, including room and board.
  • Families with incomes between $65,000 and $80,000 pay only a few thousand dollars per year.
  • Families earning between $120,000 and $180,000 pay no more than 10 percent of their annual incomes.

Above: Memorial Hall

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5. What is the Harvard University campus like?

Harvard's main campus occupies 209 acres on Harvard Square in Cambridge, just northeast of the Charles River. Like other Ivy League schools, the campus is home to some of America's most stunning architectural masterpieces, such as Sever Hall, University Hall, Massachusetts HallMemorial Hall, Memorial Church, and many more. Other campus structures include libraries, labs, and quite a few dormitories. 

Harvard's world renowned library system consists of nearly 80 libraries, holding a total of 18 million volumes. The school also operates the following area museums: 

  1. Arthur M. Sackler Museum
  2. Busch-Reisinger Museum 
  3. Carpenter Center for Visual Arts 
  4. Fogg Museum of Art 
  5. Harvard Mineralogical Museum 
  6. Harvard Museum of Natural History
  7. Harvard University Herbaria 
  8. Museum of Comparative Zoology
  9. Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology
  10. Semitic Museum

The school color is crimson. Varsity athletic teams at Harvard are collectively known as the Crimson. They play for Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Intercollegiate sports for men and women at Harvard include

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Skiing 
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming / Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Harvard also features a broad range of club and intramural sports, such as:

  • Aikido
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom Dance
  • Basketball
  • Bodybuilding
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Cheerleading
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Fencing
  • Figure Skating
  • Hapkido
  • Juggling
  • Jujitsu
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse
  • Polo
  • Rugby
  • Shaolin Kempo
  • Shotokan Karate
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Table Tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tai Chi
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wushu 

Among the other on-campus organizations at Harvard are quite a few student interest clubs. These include music clubs, dance clubs, writing clubs, art clubs, language clubs, a student newspaper, and a wine society, for instance. 

Shown below: Residence Halls at Harvard

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6. What are the distance learning options at Harvard University?

Distance education is not the norm at Harvard, as traveling scholars come from all over the world to visit the Harvard Library. However, the school hosts an annual workshop in which students explore the possibilities of online learning. 

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7. What is the contact information for Harvard University?

For general questions, you can reach the main campus of Harvard by calling 617-495-1000.

For the admissions office at Harvard, call 617-495-1551, or send a fax to 617-495-8821. 

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