Harvard University is a private university that was established in 1636 by a vote of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony. Named after its very first benefactor John Harvard of Charlestown, Harvard University is a member of the Ivy League – an athletic conference made up of 8 private institutions of higher education but which term was later loosely used to connote academic excellence, selectivity in admissions, and social elitism.
Harvard is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and the first and oldest corporation. It is made up of 11 principal academic units – ten faculties plus the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. These ten faculties administer schools and divisions that grant courses and award academic degrees.
Harvard grants undergraduate and graduate degrees to over 20,000 enrolled students. Its undergraduate portion in Harvard College has about 67,000 undergraduate students while the remaining 13,600 are graduate and professional students.
Harvard has several faculties and schools; namely, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, Graduate School of Design, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Public Health, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
For academic year 2009-2010, the cost of attendance at Harvard for undergraduate students is US$48,868. This includes full-year tuition, room and board, and student service fees.
Harvard assures all undergraduate students of on-campus residence for the entire four years in line with its belief that an essential part of the Harvard experience is not just learning together but living together.
For more information about admissions, financial aid or online learning opportunities such as distance education degree programs and online classes, please contact Harvard University.