Facts About Harvard University | Positive and Negitive Reviews

Harvard University is a private institution founded in 1636. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 7,240 (fall 2022) and the campus size is 5,076 acres. It uses a semester academic calendar. Harvard University’s ranking in the 2024 edition is the best national university, No. 3. His tuition and fees are $59,076.

Located outside of Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University is home to 12 graduate schools, undergraduate colleges and the Harvard Radcliffe Institute. Its schools include the School of Business and the School of Medicine, as well as the School of Higher Education, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of Law, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Harvard is a private, non-profit institution founded in 1636 in colonial America by the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony. The school was originally established to train priests according to university records. Harvard got its name from the Puritan minister – John Harvard – who, in 1638, gave his library of 400 books and half of his estate to the young school. The commencement ceremony at Harvard, held in 1642, had nine graduates.

The vast Harvard library system is the oldest collection in the United States and the largest academic library in the world. Besides academics, Harvard’s athletic teams compete in the Ivy League, with an annual football game against Yale. Campus housing is an important part of student life, with freshmen living in the center of the school and upperclassmen living in 12 undergraduate buildings. Eight American leaders have studied at Harvard, including Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. Other famous alumni include Henry David Thoreau and Helen Keller. Harvard also has the largest endowment of any school in the world.

Reviews & Ratings

Princeton provides a great college experience coupled with academic rigor that challenges well rounded students. My daughter went from making all A’s in high school with limited studying to havinh to study daily as the academic bar is constantly raised. The faculty support system is outstanding and sincerely focused on challenging the students to be their best selves for the world. My other daughter, her twin sister, is at Harvard, so I have learned a lot about the “Ivy’s.”

I am a parent of a Princeton grad. The school was everything I hoped for. My daughter loved the experience. The school’s focus was on the undergraduate. She regularly experienced small class with world class professors. The school was in a very safe environment and very easy on the eyes. After graduation my daughter quickly realized the value of a Princeton degree. At a very young age, she is now a Director in one of America’s largest corporations. She cherishes her time at Princeton. It is no wonder that Princeton’s alums have the highest giving rate in the nation. They all share the same wonder (and loyalty).

Princeton appears to screen top students – with exceptions I’ve noticed in the work world. Key criteria for admittance is passion and enthusiasm for the school; clearly a stress on maintaining high morale. My sister was a national merit scholar, trilingual and vp of her student body, but weeded out in the application process for lack of over the top enthusiasm. I also met a transfer out to Harvard who could not stand the intrusive rah rah culture. Embarrassed?! …seems to have distanced itself from its Presbyterian heritage.

Our daughters have enjoyed their experience at the college, which has been a life changing experience. Their diverse group of friends, supportive and challenging faculty , bonding with their communities has provided them with growth beyond academia. The narrative about qualified students not getting in due to discriminatory practices, Harvard reviews the full student and the boxes of admissions is not just test scores and GPA’s.

This approach allows for a diverse environment that reflects a world of post undergraduate study. It’s not about being smart, many applicants are smart, but how your voice and ideas will contribute to the community, can you work with others, lead and follow? More importantly will your voice and a difference in the lives of others or the wold? As a result, of course , many other stellar students are not admitted.

I’m sure they thrive and learn at their chosen institutions as well, more importantly Harvard’s admission approach of equity and inclusion, is a modeled approach that we hope will fuel the public and private sectors to do the same. Is it expensive for middle income families? Yes! But, this isn’t an isolated event, all higher education is expensive for middle income families, unless you select to attend an instate Public School. So the question isn’t am I paying to much, it’s what is the ROI on this investment in our students future. From our experience it’s worth paying the full attendance amount times two.

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