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Welcome to Harvard

Where world-class professors, innovative research, and a dynamic student community come together to advance education and foster change in the world.

Harvard at a glance

For nearly four centuries, people have come to Harvard in the pursuit of truth, knowledge, and a better world.

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  • 1636

    The year Harvard was founded

  • 25,266

    Total undergraduate and graduate students in the 2022-23 academic year

  • $235 million

    Institutional need-based grant aid provided to Harvard College students in the 2022-2023 academic year

  • 400,000+

    Alumni worldwide

  • 156

    Different nationalities represented among students during the 2022-2023 academic year

  • 141

    Free online courses offered

Meet our student community

Meet our faculty

Beyond Harvard Yard

Dive further into the Harvard community with these helpful tips, offerings, and information.

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Historical places and cool spaces

There are so many unique places to discover across Harvard’s campus. The Harvard Business community highlights several historical recommendations for those looking to take a walk through the past, Harvard College students share their favorite places to study, and Harvard faculty, staff, and students reminisce on what their favorite corners of campus mean to them.

Learn more about our campus

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Art scenes, events, and galleries

Discover Harvard’s vibrant arts scene in many interesting ways. The Harvard Public Art tour is a great way to explore our Allston campus, and on the Cambridge side, the Harvard Art Museums and Film Archive are always curating interesting collections. The Harvard Box Office and the Harvard Gazette events calendar are the most convenient ways to browse all the events, concerts, theater, and dance performances happening soon.

Visit Harvard museums and galleries

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Curious courses

Courses at Harvard offer a unique bridge between academics and the real world, fostering connections between disciplines and empowering creative thinking. Some of our recent courses have explored Taylor Swift’s lyrics among classic literature, harnessing artificial intelligence, and the historical relationships between the public and public health.

Learn more about Harvard’s free courses

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Food hacks

Food takes on so many roles on our campus, from an excuse to hang out with friends to fuel for an all-night study session. Explore the Harvard Square food scene, discover budget-friendly food options, and find out about how students “snack their way through the semester” at Harvard.

Explore Harvard’s dining services

Stay informed

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  • Science & Research

What's the matter?

Harvard physicists used a powerful machine called a quantum processor to make, for the first time, a brand-new phase of matter called non-Abelian topological order.

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  • Arts

Explore creative exhibits, shows, and events at the 2024 Harvard Staff Art Show

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  • Athletics

Harvard Crimson alums Juszczyk and Jones make history at Super Bowl LVIII

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  • Courses

New course in Filipino, or Tagalog, provides students with a deep sense of culture

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  • Campus Organizations

The Harvard Culture Lab awards 12 organization with funds to advance inclusion and belonging on campus

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  • Museums

A new admissions policy grants all Harvard Art Museums visitors free entry

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