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Colleges / Harvard University

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate5%
Acceptance Rate5%

Harvard Academics

Harvard University requires a minimum of 16 courses to complete a bachelor's degree.

Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal. 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 graduate within six years.

Harvard offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

Academic Options Yes No
Accelerated Degree Program
Transfer Credits Accepted
AP Credit Accepted
IB Credits Accepted
Summer Classes Available X
New Student Orientation

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.

Which Courses Will I Take At Harvard?

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 lanuage requirement as well as a math and science requirement.

Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.

Course Required?
2nd Language Yes
Math Yes
Science Yes
Computer No

Reminder: Check with Harvard directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.

Majors at Harvard

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.

Senior Projects

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: Declaring a double major may mean taking more courses, but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to a graduate program.


Frequently Asked Questions About Harvard University


Does Harvard Have Services For Students With Disabilities?

✅ Harvard offers 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.

Does Harvard Have An Online Program?

❌ Harvard does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.

Does Harvard Offer Credit for AP Classes?

✅ 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.

Does Harvard Have An Honors Program?

✅ Harvard offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College.

Does Harvard Require Internships?

❌ 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.


Additional Information About Harvard University


Harvard University Library

The main library on campus is the Widener Library.

Dual Degree Programs at Harvard

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.

Harvard does not have any dual degree programs available for students.

ROTC

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 university. 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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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

10,071

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

5%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$51,925

Out-of-State

$51,925

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 1
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