Unparalleled Student Experience

Harvard students are part of a unique academic community–a close-knit liberal arts college experience located within a research university in Boston and Cambridge, which are referred to collectively as “America’s College Town.”

With world-class faculty, ground breaking research opportunities, a dedication to affordability, and a residential House system that provides a home away from home, our students find all the resources they need to fulfill their academic and personal potential.

Teaching and research are intertwined here – students contribute to research in labs and libraries and learn from faculty dedicated to inspiring their students to pursue their many interests.  Students hail from all 50 states and more than 80 countries, and bring different backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives to campus—and they graduate at a 97-98% rate.  With a 375-year tradition of educating leaders in every endeavor, Harvard is proud to deliver a transformative education that inspires students to be great citizens and citizens leaders for society. 

Access and Affordability

Harvard has a longstanding tradition of access and affordability and provides financial aid to ensure that all talented students, regardless of ability to pay, can afford to attend Harvard. Loans are not required. Families who earn $65,000 or less pay nothing toward the cost of their student’s Harvard education. Families with incomes between $65,000 and $150,000 and normal assets typically pay between 0 and 10% of their income toward their student’s education.  To speak with current students about their experiences or learn more about Harvard's financial aid program, contact the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative.  


Deadline Information

Early Action
Application Due Date: November 1 
Admission Decision By: Mid December
Student Reply Due Date: May 1

Regular Decision
Application Due Date: January 1
Admission Decision By: Late March
Student Reply Due Date: May 1

View our Application Requirements. You may apply to Harvard under either our Early Action or our Regular Decision program, both of which allow you to compare admission and financial aid offers from other institutions and to wait until May 1 to make a final college choice.

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