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Harvard University

World Rankings

  • QS World University Ranking (2017–18) 3
  • THE World University Ranking (2017–18) 6

Entry Requirements

  • Harvard accepts both online and paper applications.
  • The University will acknowledge receipt of your application within two weeks of receiving your application.
  • Admissions interview – interested international applicants are encouraged to meet the university admissions interviewers when and where it is possible.
  • Testing requirements – applicants must submit the results of the SAT (Standard Assessment Test) or ACT (American College Testing), and two SAT Subject Tests even if they are submitting the results of their school leaving exams.
  • English language proficiency – students are not required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Test (IELTS) but Harvard welcomes the submission of your score if you have taken either. 

Student Services and Facilities

Health Care Support

  • Harvard University students are automatically enrolled in the Harvard University Student Health Plan unless they can show that they have comparable health insurance coverage on their own. 
  • Arranging and paying for medical care is the student's responsibility. The best way to meet this responsibility is to obtain comprehensive health insurance coverage.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Around two-thirds of students work.
  • The Student Employment Office can help you to find work.

Student Mix

  • US 88.4%:11.6% International
  • Male 51%:49% Female


  • Harvard University was established in 1636 and was initially called New College or the College at New Towne.
  • The insitution was renamed Harvard College in 1639, after John Harvard, a young English clergyman from Southwark, London, England.
  • George Washington and 12 other U.S. presidents have received an honorary degree from Harvard.

Further Details

Address Harvard University
Massachusetts Hall
MA 02138
United States