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Harvard University
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SELECTIVITY
  • Selectivity Rank: #1
  • Acceptance Rate: 6.9%
  • Mean SAT: 2210
  • Mean ACT: 32.5
  • Top Decile: 95%
  • Average GPA: N/A
ADMISSIONS
  • # Applicants: 30,489
  • # Accepted: 2,205
  • # Enrolled: 1,664
  • # Admitted off Waitlist: 70
  • # Yield: 76%
SAT/ACT (Mid 50%)
  • Range SAT: 2070-2350
  • Range SAT CR: 690-780
  • Range SAT M: 690-790
  • Range SAT Writing: 690-780
  • Range ACT Composite: 31-34
APPLICATION DEADLINES
  • Early Decision / Action: N/A
  • Priority: Dec 1
  • Regular Decision: Jan 1
  • Financial Aid: Feb 1
  • RD Notification: Apr 1
DEMOGRAPHICS
  • African American: 8%
  • Asian: 17%
  • Caucasian: 42%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • International Students: 11%
  • Countries Represented: 114
  • Out of State: 85%
GENERAL PROFILE
  • Name: Harvard University
  • Type: Private University
  • Conference: Ivy League
  • Size: Large
  • Undergraduates: 6,655
  • Male / Female: 49 / 51
  • Location: Cambridge, MA
  • Setting: Large City / Urban
  • Calendar: Semester
  • Median Rank Index: #2
RANKINGS
  • Forbes(National): #8
  • Revealed Preference(National): #1
  • State University (National): #38
  • US News & World Report *(Universities): #1
  • Washington Monthly *(Universities): #9
  • WSJ - Top Feeder Schools (National): #1
ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
  • Retention Rate: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 98%
  • Full Time Faculty: 95%
  • Classes under 20: 78%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 7:1
  • Rhodes Scholars: 328
TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
  • Annual Tuition & Board: $50,724
  • Students Recieving Need-Based Aid: 60%
  • Average Aid Package: $41,295
  • Average debt upon graduation: $11,059
  • Students Recieving Pell Grants: 13%
ENDOWMENT & SPENDING
  • Endowment: $25.62 billion
  • Alumni Giving Rate: 37%
  • Research Expenditure: $451 million
  • Expenditure Rank *(Universities): #26
  • Average Faculty Salary: $135,564
MOST POPULAR MAJORS
  • Biology: 14%
  • Political science: 10%
  • History: 11%
  • Mathematics: 6%
  • Psychology: 5%
  • Sociology: 6%
  • English & Literature: 5%
NOTABLE ALUMNI

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Leonard Bernstein (conductor), Yo Yo Ma (cellist), Conan O'Brien (comedian), Jack Lemmon, Natalie Portman, John Lithgow, Tommy Lee Jones (actors), Darren Aronofsky, Terrence Malick (film directors), Philip Johnson (architect)
BUSINESS Steve Ballmer (president & CEO Microsoft), Sumner Redstone (owner Viacom), Jim Kramer (host, CNBC's Mad Money), Llyod Bankfein (CEO/chairman, Goldman Sachs), David Rockerfeller (banker & philanthropist; Chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank)
LITERATURE William Burroughs, Michael Chrichton, T. S. Eliot, Norman Mailer, John Updike
POLITICS (U.S. Presidents) John Hancock, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Al Gore (U.S Vice President), Henry Kissinger (Secretary of State), Edward Kennedy (U.S. Senator), Ben Bernake (Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve), John Roberts (Cheif Justice of the United States Supreme Court), Al Franken (US Senator from Minnesota, former radio host & SNL writer)