Harvard University

Harvard University


From world-renowned professors to world-class friendships, students at Harvard find a community that embraces them, challenges them, and exposes them to new ideas daily. With so many opportunities afforded to our students, the Harvard experience is unique for every undergraduate. With over 450 student organizations to join, 49 concentrations to study, 17 freshman dorms and 12 upperclass houses to live in, in addition to hundreds of faculty members and more than 6600 students to befriend, each student experiences a different piece of Harvard College over the course of his or her four years here. While Harvard is renowned for its academic excellence, we strongly believe that one of our greatest strengths is the exceptional diversity within the student body. We are committed to ensuring all admitted students have the opportunity to attend Harvard, regardless of the economic obstacles they may have encountered. .

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Harvard College Recruitment Coordinators

The Admissions and Financial Aid Office sponsors several initiatives designed to encourage talented students from all backgrounds to learn more about Harvard. Through these programs, prospective students can get in touch with current Harvard students to hear about student experiences and to ask questions about admissions and financial aid. The Harvard First Generation Program (HFGP) focuses on directing college awareness to future first generation college students and shares information about first generation student life at Harvard. Email: firstgen@fas.harvard.edu. The Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI) serves as a touchstone for those looking to learn more about the application and financial aid process and raises awareness about college affordability for students interested in all kinds of colleges. Email:hfai@fas.harvard.edu. The Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program (UMRP) helps to expand the diversity of incoming classes by encouraging minority students to consider applying to Harvard College. Email: umrp@fas.harvard.edu.

Scholarship & Financial Aid The Harvard College Griffin Financial Aid Office

Harvard is committed to meeting 100 percent of demonstrated financial need. For many families, the expected parent contribution is between zero and 10 percent of family income, with no contribution for parents with incomes under $65,000 a year. For low-income students, there is additional assistance through the Student Events Fund and the Winter Coat Fund, as well as for paying for tutoring costs and helping with the expenses of starting college.

Student Life & Support Harvard First Generation Student Union (FGSU)

FGSU is a student organization that seeks to ease the transition to college, to build community, and to advocate for first-gen students on campus. FGSU not only hosts fun study breaks to bring the first-gen community together, they also collaborate with many Harvard offices (the Office of Career Services, the Bureau of Study Counsel, the Freshman Dean’s Office and the Financial Aid Office) to host events for and to provide resources to first-gen students.

Student Life & Support First Generation Harvard Alumni

The First Generation Harvard Alumni Mentor Program pairs first-year, first-generation students with alumni mentors who were the first in their family to graduate from college. These alumni mentors add to the existing advising network for first-year students, who all have assigned academic advisors, residential advisors, and peer advisors to support them as they transition to college. Learn more about First Generation Harvard Alumni

Student Diversity

  • 6,636
  • 51/49
  • 15%
    First-generation college students
  • 1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 19%
  • 7%
    Black or African American
  • 10%
  • 1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 42%
  • 7%
    Two or more races
  • 2%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 11%

Student Success

  • 98%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 97%
    Six-year graduation
  • 97%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 98%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 1,020
    Full-time faculty
  • 335
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 7:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Economics, Government, History and Literature, Biological Sciences

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian American Association, Black Students Association, Act on a Dream, Fuerza Latina, Native Americans at Harvard College, South Asian Association, Black Men’s Forum, Latinos in Health Careers, International Women’s Rights Collective, and many more


Cost of Attendance

  • $43,280
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $3,794
    Required Fees
  • $15,951
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $177,000,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $51,700
    Average aid package
  • $6,500
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 18%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 55%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 39,041
    # of applicants
  • 5%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • n/a
    ACT Composite
  • 700—800
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 710—800
    SAT Math
  • 720—800
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/1
    Regular application closing date
  • $75
    Application Fee
  • $75
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/1
    Early action application closing date