Established in 1636, in the name of college’s first benefactor, John Harvard of Charlestown, the Harvard University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities of the world. From just 9 students and a single faculty member in its first year to more than 20,000 students and almost 2500 full-time faculty members, the Harvard University has made incredible growth in terms of reputation as well as quality of education. The Harvard University has been constantly ranked amongst the top 10 universities of the world by almost all the prestigious ranking agencies – from QS world rankings to the Financial Times Rankings; such has been the dominance of the institute in the last decade.
Presently, the Harvard University has more than 2400 full-time faculty members out of 10,400 academic appointments in various courses. Such has been the growth and success of Harvard that more than 321,000 students have attained various degrees out of which 271,000 are from the US and remaining 52,000 students from other 201 countries across the world. At present, the university has 6700 students enrolled in its Harvard College and 14,500 students in various graduation or professional courses. The university is famous for producing exceptional students in various fields be it banking or business or medical research. The university has already produced 47 Nobel Laureates, 32 Heads of State, and 48 Pulitzer Prize winners to the world.
The Harvard campus is spread in an area of 5083 acres, comprising of 11 principal academic units, ten faculties, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. To provide equal education facilities to all the students, the Harvard University recently increased its annual financial aid budget to $166 million.
It will be safe to describe the Harvard University as one of the world’s most diverse universities with students belonging to more than 50 states across 80 countries currently enrolled in various programs at Harvard. Harvard can be attributed as the junction of students from various ethnic and religious backgrounds, as well as a diverse range of economic spectrum. Harvard has more than 400 different student organizations, offering support to students from different communities. Presently, Harvard has about 20,000 students enrolled in various programs and 6400 out of those are enrolled in undergraduate programs. As part of Harvard’s commitment to provide equal education opportunities to all the students, the university provides financial aids to almost 60% of the undergraduate population.
The Harvard University has a well-established house system where freshman students live in dormitories during the first year of their course. After the end of first year, the students are assigned one of the 12 campus houses, with each house having its own resident master and a staff tutor. The fact that almost 97% of undergrad students choose to live on campus throughout their course is reminiscent of the success of the house system at Harvard. The different histories and traditions of the various houses help in fostering strong bonds of friendship between the students.The housing system at Harvard is intended to offer a complete academic experience for all four years of undergraduate program.