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Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University is a private not-for-profit institution. The city atmosphere of Cambridge makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

$54,133 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
5% Acceptance Rate

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Harvard University Rankings

Harvard is ranked #50 out of 2,110 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2022 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Out of the 69 colleges in Massachusetts, it is ranked at #8.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Harvard has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#7 Best Business Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Business Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Best Business Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Harvard.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Corporate Communications Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Entrepreneurial Studies Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Managerial Economics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Marketing Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Accounting Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Business & Commerce Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Finance & Financial Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Human Resource Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Harvard has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Best Business/Managerial Economics Schools College Factual
#8 Best Economics Schools College Factual
#12 Best Finance & Financial Management Schools College Factual
#18 Best Schools Course Advisor
#21 Best Business Administration & Management Schools College Factual
#26 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual

Where Is Harvard University?


Contact details for Harvard are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-1000

How Do I Get Into Harvard?

You can apply to Harvard online at:

Admission Requirements for Harvard

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Harvard?

5% Acceptance Rate
52% Of Accepted Are Women
72% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 5%, Harvard is one of the most selective schools in the country. If the admissions department requests additional materials, be sure to submit them promptly. This could be a sign that you're on the border line of being accepted or denied.

Approximately 48% of accepted students are men and 52% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 5%, and the acceptance rate for women is 5%.

Average Test Scores

About 72% 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 720 and 780. Math scores were between 740 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Harvard University  ( 720 to 780 )

SAT Math Scores for Harvard University  ( 740 to 800 )
Harvard received ACT scores from 45% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 35 and 36. Math scores were between 31 and 35. Composite scores were between 33 and 35.

ACT English Scores for Harvard University  ( 35 to 36 )
ACT Math Scores for Harvard University  ( 31 to 35 )
ACT Composite Scores for Harvard University  ( 33 to 35 )

Can I Afford Harvard University?

$54,133 Net Price
7% Take Out Loans
1.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Harvard is $54,133. 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.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Harvard, approximately 7% of students took out student loans averaging $10,464 a year. That adds up to $41,856 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Harvard is 1.1%. 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.

Harvard University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,699 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,527 undergraduate students at Harvard, with 5,699 being full-time and 2,828 being part-time.


There are also 21,864 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,699 full-time undergraduates at Harvard, 49% are male and 51% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Harvard University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,230
Black or African American 626
Hispanic or Latino 700
White 1,947
International Students 665
Other Races/Ethnicities 531

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Harvard University. At this time, all 50 states are represented by the student population at the school.

At this time, 50 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 151 countries are represented at Harvard. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Canada, and India.

Online Learning at Harvard University

27,933 Took All Classes Online
29,581 Took At Least One Class Online
154.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 29,581 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Harvard has changed over the last few years.


Online Affordability Rankings of Harvard

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Harvard University was $45,278 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how Harvard is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Research and Development Management #13 #13
Project Management #16 #16
Organizational Behavior Studies #59 #59
Finance #60 #60

Online Growth Rankings of Harvard

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Harvard University was 154.0%. This is the #287 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Harvard regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Harvard ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Harvard.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Business/Corporate Communications #1
Business/Managerial Economics #1
Business Economics #1
Investments and Securities #1
Business/Corporate Communications #1
Management Science #8
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management #8
Project Management #10
Real Estate #10
Entrepreneurship #10
Real Estate #10
Finance #12
Organizational Behavior Studies #13
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #15
Marketing #17
Marketing/Marketing Management, General #17
Finance & Financial Management #17
Entrepreneurial Studies #18
Accounting #40
Human Resource Management #42
Accounting #64
Business Administration & Management #184

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Harvard University Business Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Accounting 0
General Business Administration and Management 0
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 0
Project Management 0
Research and Development Management 0
Business/Corporate Communications 0
Business Economics 0
Entrepreneurship 0
Finance 0
Investments and Securities 0
General Business/Commerce 0
Organizational Behavior Studies 0
Management Science 0
Other Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 0
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 0
Real Estate 0
Econometrics & Quantitative Economics 0
General Economics 0


*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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