University of Harvard is the oldest academic institute in the US, it dates from 1636 and is named after its first benefactor, John Harvard. It has the global academy's largest financial endowment and boasts more than 40 Nobel laureates. Harvard has been named as number one institution in the world by numerous rankings. Harvard also offers an unparalleled student experience and a generous financial aid program, with over $160 million awarded to more than 60% of their undergraduate students. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education.
Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, established in 1636 by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was named after the College’s first benefactor, the young minister John Harvard of Charlestown, who upon his death in 1638 left his library and half his estate to the institution. A statue of John Harvard stands today in front of University Hall in Harvard Yard, and is perhaps the University’s best known landmark.
Harvard University has 12 degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The University has grown from nine students with a single master to an enrollment of more than 20,000 degree candidates including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. There are more than 360,000 living alumni in the U.S. and over 190 other countries.
Many of the US Presidents have graduated from Harvard, including: Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Al Gore, George W. Bush and Barack Obama;
World leaders: Chilean President Sebastián Piñera; Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos; Costa Rican President José María Figueres; Mexican Presidents Felipe Calderón, Carlos Salinas de Gortari and Miguel de la Madrid; Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj; Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo; Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou; Canadian Governor General David Lloyd Johnston; Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; President of Puntland Abdiweli Mohamed Ali
Royals: Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Crown Princess Masako of Japan, and Sheikh of Kuwait.
Business: Bill Gates; Mark Zuckerberg; Jeffrey Skilling; Gabe Newell.
The student-faculty ratio at Harvard University is 7:1, and the school has 75.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students.
The most popular majors at Harvard University include: Social Sciences, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; History, General; Mathematics, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 97.3 percent.
Harvard University has 12 degree-granting schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The University has grown from nine students with a single master to an enrollment of more than 20,000 degree candidates including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.