Harvard University requires at least 16 courses to graduate with a bachelor's degree.
If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program. Harvard accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, Harvard does not offer classes during the summer.
NOTE: Around 98% of students who start college at Harvard finish the requirements for graduation within six years.
Harvard offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Harvard may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Harvard has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are required to fulfill a language requirement
Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.
Reminder: Check with Harvard directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Harvard students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Harvard.
Student Designed Majors
Harvard allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Harvard does not require a senior project for all students.
Double Majoring at Harvard
Harvard offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Double majoring may mean taking more courses, but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to grad school.
✅ Harvard does offer services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
❌ Harvard does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.
✅ Harvard offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
✅ Harvard offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College. Students must complete a senior project if they are in the Honors Program at Harvard.
❌ Harvard does not require an internship for any students.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While Harvard does not require internships for students of any major, internships are a great way to get work experience, discover career paths that might fit you, or rule out ones that don't.
The main library on campus is the Widener Library.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.
Harvard does not have any dual degree programs available for students.
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does Harvard have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every college. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Harvard has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Harvard include:
•an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus
•a Navy ROTC branch unit on campus
•an Air Force branch unit on campus
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