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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:  28,791 (10,338 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  8 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
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty4,175454
Research and public service2,023135
Total graduate assistants-2,044
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 year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees$39,851$40,866$42,292$43,9383.9%
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$12,801$13,630$14,115$14,6693.9%
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$56,000$57,950$59,950$62,2503.8%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition planX
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
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 aid11,19672%————
Grant or scholarship aid92256%$41,356,125$44,855
Federal grants28117%$2,338,827$8,323
Pell grants27417%$1,298,588$4,739
Other federal grants20212%$1,040,239$5,150
State/local government grant or scholarships614%$148,247$2,430
Institutional grants or scholarships92256%$38,869,051$42,157
Student loan aid1197%$604,552$5,080
Federal student loans423%$190,921$4,546
Other student loans926%$413,631$4,496
  • 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 aid14,73245%$182,782,657$38,627
Pell grants1,37413%$5,501,000$4,004
Federal student loans4264%$3,452,930$8,105
  • 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$14,445$16,445$15,095
  • In addition to the reported aid, 808 freshman students received $4,439,308 in scholarship assistance from private sources, further reducing the net cost of attendance by $5,494.
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$2,880$3,897$2,473
$30,001 – $48,000$3,647$2,977$3,866
$48,001 – $75,000$7,079$5,405$6,310
$75,001 – $110,000$11,639$13,604$21,958
$110,001 and more$34,980$36,946$37,275
  • 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.
  • In addition to the reported aid, 218 students receiving Title IV funds also received $925,491 in scholarships from private donors, reducing their net price by $4,245.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment28,791
Undergraduate enrollment10,338
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment11
Graduate enrollment18,453
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 70%
Part-time: 30%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 51%
Female: 49%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 17%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 10%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 48%
Two or more races: 6%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%
Non-resident alien: 8%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 77%
25 and over: 23%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 14%
Out-of-state: 73%
Foreign countries: 13%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 72%
Part-time: 28%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 5%
Enrolled in some distance education: 4%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 91%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 5%
Enrolled in some distance education: 2%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 93%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $75
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants34,29518,01216,283
Percent admitted6%6%6%
Percent admitted who enrolled81%81%81%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (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 Writing720800
ACT Composite3235
ACT English3335
ACT Math3235
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: 98%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
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, 43 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 98%
(*) 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 2006]
4-year: 86%
6-year: 97%
8-year: 98%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 86%
6-year: 98%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
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: 96%
Female: 99%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 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: 80%
Asian: 98%
Black or African American: 96%
Hispanic/Latino: 98%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 50%
White: 99%
Two or more races: 92%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 95%
Non-resident alien: 98%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
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.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Architecture and Related Services
Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology--20--
Architectural History and Criticism, General--91-
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning--830-
Landscape Architecture--75--
Category total--29110-
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies-805-
American/United States Studies/Civilization--02-
East Asian Studies-17218-
Folklore Studies-8---
German Studies---1-
Near and Middle Eastern Studies-7149-
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies--9--
South Asian Studies-4-3-
Ural-Altaic and Central Asian Studies---1-
Women's Studies-6---
Category total-504429-
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other--09-
Biology/Biological Sciences, General--31d0-
Biomedical Sciences, General---10-
Cell Biology and Anatomy---3-
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology-28011-
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology---9-
Developmental Biology and Embryology-42-4-
Evolutionary Biology-98013-
Genetics, General---12-
Genome Sciences/Genomics---5-
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology--04-
Microbiology and Immunology---1-
Neurobiology and Anatomy-78-15-
Pathology/Experimental Pathology---1-
Systematic Biology/Biological Systematics--09-
Category total-24695d181-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General--1,12492d
Business/Commerce, General--00-
Business/Managerial Economics--18-
Finance, General--11d--
Organizational Behavior Studies--01-
Project Management--1d--
Real Estate--13--
Category total--1,150d182d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication and Media Studies, Other----1d
Category total--8d-1d
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General--36d--
Computer Science-88811-
Category total-8844d11-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--31-13
Curriculum and Instruction--19--
Education, General--455300
Education, Other--0--
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--13--
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration---1-
Mathematics Teacher Education--12d--
Multicultural Education---9-
Reading Teacher Education--10--
Secondary School Administration/Principalship--42--
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other---1-
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other--1--
Urban Education and Leadership---5-
Category total--583d4613
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering-172d--
Computer Engineering, General--23--
Computer Software Engineering--21d-0d
Electrical and Electronics Engineering-6---
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics--225-
Engineering Science-39923-
Mechanical Engineering-14---
Category total-7657d480d
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing--4d--
English Language and Literature, General-506d11-
Category total-5010d11-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Human Nutrition--03-
Category total--03-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Celtic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics--02-
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-1205-
Comparative Literature-1304-
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General--1d--
French Language and Literature--1d--
German Language and Literature-100-
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General--1d--
Modern Greek Language and Literature---1-
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-15017-
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-200-
Category total-534d31-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Advanced General Dentistry---05
Behavioral Aspects of Health--2311-
Dental Clinical Sciences, General----1
Dental Public Health and Education--0-1
Environmental Health--1514-
Health/Health Care Administration/Management--1--
International Public Health/International Health--278-
Medical Informatics--8--
Medical Scientist--21--
Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology--011
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery----2
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics----4
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies----17d
Public Health, General--2640-
Public Health, Other--010-
Category total--36725733d
American History (United States)--03-
Asian History---2-
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology-38413-
History, General-63819-
History, Other-50---
Category total-1511237-
Legal Professions and Studies
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General--1839-
Legal Studies, General--1d--
Category total--184d595-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies-30d---
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other5d----
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-7---
Category total5d37d---
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-6555-
Computational Mathematics--2d--
Mathematics, General-3219-
Statistics, General-33207-
Category total-13028d21-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Ancient Studies/Civilization---0-
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology--0d0d-
Historic Preservation and Conservation, Other--2--
Medieval and Renaissance Studies--2d--
Museology/Museum Studies--23d--
Natural Sciences-32d---
Category total-32d27d0d-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies-1384d--
Natural Resources Management and Policy----1d
Category total-1384d-1d
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies-83d5-
Category total-293d12-
Physical Sciences
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other-6---
Atomic/Molecular Physics--01-
Chemical Physics-16---
Chemistry, General-32530-
Chemistry, Other-14---
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other--0--
Geology/Earth Science, General-6---
Physics, General-18333-
Planetary Astronomy and Science--115-
Category total-92986-
Clinical Psychology--4d--
Educational Psychology--512-
Psychology, General-898d12-
Social Psychology---0-
Category total-8917d24-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Education Policy Analysis---14-
Health Policy Analysis--509-
Public Administration--353--
Public Policy Analysis, General--2124-
Public Policy Analysis, Other--03-
Category total--61530-
Social Sciences
Economics, General-190121-
International Relations and Affairs--14d--
Physical and Biological Anthropology--01-
Political Science and Government, General-1931524-
Social Sciences, General-188---
Category total-63632d65-
Theology and Religious Vocations
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other---3-
Theology/Theological Studies--67--
Category total--1093-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation-202d11-
Design and Applied Arts, Other--12--
Digital Arts--12d--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General--2d-23
Film/Cinema/Video Studies--0d--
Music, General-306-
Visual and Performing Arts, General-274d--
Category total-5032d1723
Grand total51,8223,8051,53573
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 71
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 208
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 20
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 19
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $9,051
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $17,951
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,800
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $2,763
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AA MenWomen
All Track Combined152127
Field Hockey23
Ice Hockey2619
Swimming and Diving4435
Water Polo1816
Other Sports49
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
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations021
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible213135
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault721
Motor vehicle theft331
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible213133
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault200
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 Year201220112010
Default rate0.9%1.9%1.5%
Number in default265238
Number in repayment2,6392,6122,401
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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