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Is Harvard University a Good School for Veterans?

If you're a veteran who is thinking about going back to school, it's important to see how well the school treats its students with prior military service first. We've assembled this Harvard University veteran's report to help you in your research. If you're looking for information related to military tuition assistance such as the GI Bill® or Yellow Ribbon Program, go to the following page: Harvard University G.I. Bill Information

What You'll Find in Our Veterans Report on Harvard:

How Does Harvard Rank for Veterans?

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College Factual issues its Best Schools to Veterans ranking each year. This is a list of universities and colleges that do great work supporting veterans as they continue their studies.

Harvard University was ranked #929 on the 2022 version of this list.The school also ranked #35 in our Best for Vets in Massachusetts ranking.

In addition to our overall rankings, we also calculate our Best for Vets by degree level rankings. Below you'll find how Harvard did in those rankings.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Associate Degree Colleges for Veterans 815
Best Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 784
Best Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 698
Best Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 483

You can also see how specific majors at Harvard fared when compared to the same major at other schools. Below, you'll find a list of majors which received the best rankings for vets. Find a full list of majors here. Once you select a major, you'll be able to see links to the rankings available for that major.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Physical & Biological Anthropology Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
[Best Biological Systematics Colleges for Veterans]( Systematics/rankings/top-ranked-veterans/) 1
Best Education Policy Analysis Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Developmental Biology & Embryology Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Other Public Policy Analysis Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Education Policy Analysis Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Virology Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
[Best Biological Systematics Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans]( Systematics/rankings/top-ranked-veterans/doctorate-degrees/) 1
Best Atomic/Molecular Physics Colleges for Veterans 2
Best South Asian Studies Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 2

How Many Veterans Go to Harvard?

A large number of veterans attending a college means the college and faculty are more used to supporting and accommodating the needs of those with prior military experience.

According to the VA, there are 304 G.I. Bill® students at Harvard. Since the total enrollment at the school is 30,391, approximately 1.00% of the students at Harvard are utilizing the GI Bill® to help pay for their education. For context, let's take this into consideration. According to the Student Veterans of America, approximately three to four per cent of American college students are veterans.

This number includes all chapters of the GI Bill®, e.g. Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill and Reserve Education Assistance Program. It also includes Veteran Readiness and Employment. It does not include any active-duty military personnel that are attending this college via Tuition Assistance, so the total military population is potentially larger than this.

Federal Veteran Programs at Harvard

Harvard University participates in the following federal programs for vets.

Federal Program Participation
DOD Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Yes

What does this mean to me? Below you can view the specific commitments this school has made by participating in individual programs.

Career and Vocational Support
Regionally or Nationally Accredited - view all accreditations
Provide information that increases accountability and transparency.
Participate in the Military Voluntary Education Review (MVER)
Counseling Support
Referrals to community organizations as needed.

Does Harvard Give Credit for Military Training?

Implied No Credit for Life Experience
NO Credit for Military Training
At this time, Harvard does not offer college credit for life experience.

Unfortunately, Harvard does not offer credit for military training.

Harvard Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC)

Yes Air Force ROTC
Yes Army ROTC
Yes Navy ROTC
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs are available at Harvard for the following armed services:

  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Navy

Complaints to the VA About Harvard

There have been 6 complaints registered to the VA for Harvard.The reasons for these complaints are summarized in the table below.Note that the numbers for the classification of complaints may not add up the number of total complaints since a single complaint may be for multiple reasons.

Complaint Type Number of Complaints
Financial Issues 0
Quality of Education 0
Refund Issues 3
Recruiting/Marketing Practices 0
Acceditation 0
Change in Degree Requirements 0
Student Loans 0
Grade Policy 6
Credit Transfers 0
Post-Graduation Job Opportunities 0
Release of Transcripts 0
Other 6


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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