College Spotlight: Harvard University

The PowerScore College Spotlight gives you a snapshot of a different college or university each week. For more information about each profiled institution, be sure to check out the school's website.


Harvard University
 is today's College Spotlight. From the school's website:

Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United states, established in 1636 by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was named after the College’s first benefactor, the young minister John Harvard of Charlestown, who upon his death in 1638 left his library and half his estate to the institution. A statue of John Harvard stands today in front of University Hall in Harvard Yard, and is perhaps the University’s best known landmark.

Harvard University has 12 degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The University has grown from nine students with a single master to an enrollment of more than 20,000 degree candidates including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. There are more than 360,000 living alumni in the U.S. and over 190 other countries.



Type of school: Private

Setting: Urban

Size: 6,700 (approximate total undergraduate enrollment)

Incoming class size: 1,663 (first-time degree-seeking freshmen)

Student-to-faculty ratio: 7 to 1

Acceptance percentage: 7%

Tuition and fees: $34,976 (2010-2011)

Room, board, and additional expenses: $15,747
Address: 86 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617.495.1551
Email: college@fas.harvard.edu
Website: www.college.harvard.edu
Twitter accounts: @Harvard
Facebook: Harvard University

All information was gathered from the school's profile on the CollegeBoard.org website, the school's website, and the school's U.S. News & World Report profile. Please consult the school's website and Office of Admissions with questions regarding this information. 

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