Harvard University


Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-1551
Accrediting Agency:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Harvard University is a nationally and internationally renowned Ivy League institution with a long history of academic excellence. Established in 1636, the university is also the oldest institution of higher learning in the nation. Harvard’s 20,000 students include undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. These students are known for being some of the best and brightest from the U.S. and around the world, and have gone on to become heads of state in their various countries (including the President of the United States); chief justices; researchers; humanitarians and activists; distinguished authors, actors, directors, and musicians; Academy Award and Oscar winners; and more. The university’s faculty are also distinguished, with 44 current and former faculty members being Nobel laureates and many faculty members earning the Pulitzer Prize over the years in categories like nonfiction, fiction, poetry, history, and biography. Finally, Harvard continues to top rankings lists in the U.S. and internationally.

Programs Offered

Harvard offers a wide variety of programs through its schools of business, design, public health, government, education, divinity, law, medicine, dentistry, engineering and applied sciences, and more. Undergraduate degree programs are diverse, and include chemical and physical biology, environmental science and public policy, folklore and mythology, religion, social studies, and more. Harvard Business School offers a well-regarded two-year residential MBA program, more than 80 executive education programs, and eight full-time doctoral programs that lead to either a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) or a Ph.D. Through Harvard Extension School, the university offers evening and online classes that are designed to meet the needs of adult students, as well as degrees and professional certificates that blend on-campus and online course requirements. These online programs include an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, as well as master’s degrees in biotechnology, information technology, journalism, various liberal arts, management, mathematics for teaching, museum studies, and sustainability and environmental management.


Harvard University has been regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education since 1929. The university also holds specialized accreditation for specific programs from the following accreditors: American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar; American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation; American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation; Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools; Council on Education for Public Health; and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.


Admission to Harvard is competitive, and the university is highly selective. Most students admitted to Harvard College’s undergraduate program are in the top 10% to 15% of their high school classes and have taken the most rigorous high school curriculum that they could. When prospective students apply, they can select either early action or regular action. Applicants must submit their application; the Harvard Supplement; official SAT or ACT with writing, and two SAT subject tests; application fee or waiver; secondary school report and mid-year school report; and two teacher evaluations. Students are advised to include portfolios or supplementary materials only if they have unusual talent. Applicants to Harvard’s graduate programs must meet the individual admissions requirements established by the department that offers the particular degree program sought.

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