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Harvard University Data & Information Overview

480 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
4% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Harvard University Ranked?

#6 Best Colleges in Nation
#2 Best Colleges in MA
Health Professions Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Harvard University was awarded 480 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health professions.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Harvard as #6 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! This is an improvement over the previous year, when Harvard held the #12 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Harvard also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

See all of the rankings for Harvard University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Harvard?

4% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
54% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 4%, Harvard is one of the most selective schools in the country. Good grades and high test scores alone may not be enough to get you into the school, so do your best to submit a stellar application.

Average Test Scores

About 54% of students accepted to Harvard submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 730 and 780. Math scores were between 750 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Harvard University  ( 730 to 780 )

SAT Math Scores for Harvard University  ( 750 to 800 )
Harvard received ACT scores from 31% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 33 and 36.

ACT Composite Scores for Harvard University  ( 33 to 36 )

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Harvard University Faculty

7 to 1 Student to Faculty
87% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Harvard is an impressive 7 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Harvard University is 87%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  87 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Harvard University

96% Freshmen Retention
85% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 96% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Harvard University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  96 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Harvard the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 85%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  85 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Harvard University.

Harvard University Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,483 Full-Time Undergraduates
49.7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
50.4% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,579 undergraduates at Harvard with 7,483 being full-time and 2,096 being part-time.

How Much Does Harvard University Cost?

$13,259 Net Price
4% Take Out Loans
$35,196 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Harvard is $13,259. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Harvard, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Harvard, approximately 4% of students took out student loans averaging $8,799 a year. That adds up to $35,196 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Harvard is 0.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Harvard Graduates Make?

$95,114 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Harvard make around $95,114 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Harvard graduates since it is 122% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,911 per year.


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Location of Harvard University

Massachusetts State
7,483 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
Harvard University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for Harvard are given below.

Contact Details
Address:Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138

Harvard University Majors

Online Learning at Harvard

38% Take At Least One Class Online
33% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 11,929 students took at least one online class at Harvard University. This is a decrease from the 29,581 students who took online classes the previous year.

YearTook at Least One Online ClassTook All Classes Online

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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