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IPEDS ID: 166027
OPE ID: 00215500
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Harvard University
Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
General information:  (617) 495-1000
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  28,297 (10,534 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  7 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (very high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty4,033453
Research and public service1,897125
Total graduate assistants-2,053
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$38,415$39,851$40,866$42,2923.5%
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$12,308$12,801$13,630$14,1153.6%
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$53,950$56,000$57,950$59,9503.5%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition planX
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,24375%————
Grant or scholarship aid97258%$40,343,128$41,505
Federal grants25015%$1,806,299$7,225
Pell grants25015%$1,114,427$4,458
Other federal grants17410%$691,872$3,976
State/local government grant or scholarships724%$168,956$2,347
Institutional grants or scholarships96358%$38,367,873$39,842
Student loan aid1489%$927,488$6,267
Federal student loans443%$177,234$4,028
Other student loans1278%$750,254$5,908
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid14,54543%$174,443,184$38,381
Pell grants1,07310%$4,625,869$4,311
Federal student loans3063%$1,508,514$4,930
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$18,277$14,445$16,445
  • In addition to the reported aid, these students received an average of $2,253 in grant aid from private sources, further reducing the net price by that amount.
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$1,297$2,880$3,897
$30,001 – $48,000$3,028$3,647$2,977
$48,001 – $75,000$4,732$7,079$5,405
$75,001 – $110,000$12,364$11,639$13,604
$110,001 and more$32,362$34,980$36,946
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment28,297
Undergraduate enrollment10,534
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment13
Graduate enrollment17,763
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 69%
Part-time: 31%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 50%
Female: 50%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 16%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 9%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 48%
Two or more races: 5%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 5%
Non-resident alien: 11%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 77%
25 and over: 23%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 15%
Out-of-state: 72%
Foreign countries: 11%
Unknown: 3%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 74%
Part-time: 26%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 3%
Enrolled in some distance education: 3%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 94%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 4%
Enrolled in some distance education: 2%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 95%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $75
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants35,02318,32716,696
Percent admitted6%6%6%
Percent admitted who enrolled81%80%83%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading700800
SAT Math710800
SAT Writing710800
ACT Composite3235
ACT English3335
ACT Math3135
ACT Writing810
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 97%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 41 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 97%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2005]
4-year: 87%
6-year: 97%
8-year: 98%
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 87%
6-year: 97%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2005 or Fall 2007
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 97%
Female: 98%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 92%
Asian: 98%
Black or African American: 97%
Hispanic/Latino: 96%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 50%
White: 98%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 97%
Non-resident alien: 98%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Architecture and Related Services
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning--792-
Landscape Architecture--66--
Category total--29910-
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies-852-
American/United States Studies/Civilization--22-
East Asian Studies-17424-
Folklore Studies-2---
Near and Middle Eastern Studies-82218-
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies--10--
South Asian Studies-2---
Women's Studies-6---
Category total-438126-
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other--151-
Biology/Biological Sciences, General--200-
Biomedical Sciences, General---12-
Cell Biology and Anatomy---5-
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology-32010-
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology---9-
Developmental Biology and Embryology-45---
Evolutionary Biology-93313-
Genetics, General---12-
Genome Sciences/Genomics---1-
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology--01-
Microbiology and Immunology---0-
Neurobiology and Anatomy-79-16-
Pathology/Experimental Pathology---1-
Systematic Biology/Biological Systematics--18-
Category total-251120157-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General--90584
Business/Commerce, General--1890-
Business/Corporate Communications--0--
Business/Managerial Economics--76-
Finance, General--0--
International Business/Trade/Commerce--0--
Management Information Systems, General--43--
Management Science--4--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General--0--
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management--0--
Organizational Behavior Studies--03-
Category total--1,148174
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication and Media Studies, Other----1
Category total--14-1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science-5007-
Category total-5007-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--41--
Curriculum and Instruction--31--
Education, General--5172413
Education, Other--8--
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--27--
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration---6-
Mathematics Teacher Education--15--
Multicultural Education---7-
Reading Teacher Education--8--
Secondary School Administration/Principalship--28--
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other---1-
Urban Education and Leadership---10-
Category total--6754813
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering-112--
Computer Software Engineering--10-3
Electrical and Electronics Engineering-8---
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics--618-
Engineering Science-454523-
Category total-6463413
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing--5--
English Language and Literature, General-72149-
Category total-72199-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Human Nutrition--16-
Category total--16-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Celtic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics--20-
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-936-
Comparative Literature-1794-
German Language and Literature-015-
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-141111-
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-423-
Category total-563133-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Advanced General Dentistry---08
Behavioral Aspects of Health--2017-
Dental Clinical Sciences, General----1
Dental Public Health and Education--1-1
Environmental Health--1412-
International Public Health/International Health--2612-
Medical Informatics--10--
Medical Scientist--24--
Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology--14-
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery----3
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics----4
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies----43
Public Health, General--2800-
Public Health, Other--019-
Category total--38626864
American History (United States)--23-
Asian History---3-
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology-4646-
History, General-622912-
History, Other-43---
Category total-1513524-
Legal Professions and Studies
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General--16719-
Legal Studies, General--2--
Category total--169597-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies-37---
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other9----
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-6---
Category total943---
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-6631-
Mathematics, General-2958-
Statistics, General-22258-
Category total-1173317-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Ancient Studies/Civilization---1-
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology--11-
Museology/Museum Studies--21--
Natural Sciences-19---
Category total-19222-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies-2173--
Natural Resources Management and Policy----2
Category total-2173-2
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies-1185-
Category total-2898-
Physical Sciences
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other-2-0-
Atomic/Molecular Physics-051-
Chemical Physics-12---
Chemistry, General-251821-
Chemistry, Other-15---
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other--0--
Geology/Earth Science, General-600-
Physics, General-361931-
Planetary Astronomy and Science--115-
Category total-966662-
Clinical Psychology--1--
Educational Psychology---8-
Psychology, General-1002813-
Social Psychology---0-
Category total-1002921-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Education Policy Analysis---15-
Health Policy Analysis--501-
Public Administration--346--
Public Policy Analysis, General--1957-
Public Policy Analysis, Other--24-
Category total--59327-
Social Sciences
Economics, General-221024-
International Relations and Affairs--4--
Physical and Biological Anthropology-053-
Political Science and Government, General-1453424-
Social Sciences, General-190---
Category total-6445767-
Theology and Religious Vocations
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other---3-
Theology/Theological Studies--670-
Category total--1063-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation-2225-
Digital Arts--4--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General----20
Film/Cinema/Video Studies--2--
Music, General-539-
Visual and Performing Arts, General-211--
Category total-48121420
Grand total91,8034,0411,464107
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AA MenWomen
All Track Combined156122
Field Hockey23
Ice Hockey2823
Swimming and Diving4134
Water Polo1715
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education12/1/1929 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schools1/1/1923 -  Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Predoctoral12/1/1947 -  Accredited
Dental Public Health5/26/1967 -  Accredited
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics5/26/1967 -  Accredited
Periodontics12/8/1967 -  Accredited
Endodontics12/11/1970 -  Accredited
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology- (OMP)12/15/1972 -  Accredited
Prosthodontics (including maxillofacial prosthetics and combined prosthodontics/maxillofacial prosthetics)12/15/1972 -  Accredited
Post Doctoral - Advanced dental education programs (advanced education in general dentistry and general practice residency)7/24/1997 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs4/1/1970 -  Accredited
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs6/1/1979 -  Accredited
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs5/28/1994 -  Accredited
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs6/4/2008 -  Accredited
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology(!)7/1/1940 -  Accredited
Council on Education for Public Health
Public Health (PHG) - Graduate level school of public health1/16/1946 -  Accredited
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree7/1/1942 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations202
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations100
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible312131
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)400
Aggravated assault572
Motor vehicle theft333
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible272131
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)200
Aggravated assault020
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201120102009
Default rate1.9%1.5%1.0%
Number in default523827
Number in repayment2,6122,4012,455
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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