Mission To prepare leaders in education and to generate knowledge to improve student opportunity, achievement, and success. Overview Education touches every aspect of human activity. At the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), we believe studying and improving the enterprise of education are central to the health and future of society. Despite these odds, Harvard still draws great interest from college-bound students, and receives nearly 40,000 applications each year. If you plan on being one of these applicants, it’s in your best interest to learn as much about Harvard as possible, from its academic opportunities to the less tangible aspects of its on-campus atmosphere. When people refer to Harvard students, often they mean the subset of roughly 6,700 students who attend Harvard College. Students arrive every year in late August. Harvard College’s diverse student population makes it hard to describe the typical student and even harder to describe the quintessential Harvard student experience. “Harvard takes perfectly good plums as students, and turns them into prunes.”—Architect Frank Lloyd Wright Try to name an American university, and most people will probably think of Harvard first. Meet Our Students. Denzel Ekes Class of '24 Hey everyone! My name is Denzel Ekes and I’m a first-year from Boston, Massachusetts who is living in Greenough Hall. I’m planning to study either Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science with a secondary in Astronomy.
Harvard University has around 22,000 students across the College, graduate, and professional schools located in Cambridge and Boston. When people refer to Harvard students, often they mean the subset of roughly 6,700 students who attend Harvard College. Students arrive every year in late August.
Harvard College’s diverse student population makes it hard to describe the typical student and even harder to describe the quintessential Harvard student experience. Students come from all 50 states and from over 80 countries; from cities, suburbs, small towns and farms; from public, private and parochial schools; from every ethnic and religious background; and from across the economic spectrum. Based on longstanding tradition and an extensive financial aid program, Harvard is committed to making educational opportunity accessible to all, with over 60% of the undergraduate population receiving financial aid.
Harvard University Freshman
With over 400 official student organizations including extracurricular, co-curricular and athletic opportunities in addition to academics, Harvard students are active around and beyond campus. Whether in Harvard Stadium playing on the field or cheering on The Harvard Crimson, volunteering through organizations like PBHA, fostering entrepreneurial activities in the Harvard innovation lab, writing or editing at The Harvard Crimson or The Harvard Lampoon, or researching in one of the many labs, Harvard students are continuously learning — and constantly busy!
Demographics for the class of 2021:
- 16.5% are from New England
- 21.4% are from the Mid Atlantic
- 18.8% are from the South
- 11.7% are from the Midwest and Central states
- 18.9% are from the Pacific and Mountain states
- 12.7% are international or from U.S. territories
Harvard College is committed to making a college education affordable for all admitted students. Learn more about Harvard College financial aid programs.
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The housing system at Harvard is designed to create a full collegiate experience for all four years of undergraduate education. As freshmen, students live in one of the dormitories in Harvard Yard, a prime location, and eat in the historic and picturesque Annenberg dining hall.
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After their first year at Harvard, students are placed into one of the 12 houses on campus and continue to live there for the remainder of their residential life at Harvard. More than 97 percent of Harvard undergrads choose to live on campus for all four years, creating a strong campus community and undergraduate experience.