Harvard University (comprising the undergraduate college, the graduate schools, other academic bodies, research centers and affiliated institutions) does not have a formal mission statement.
The Mission of Harvard College
The mission of Harvard College is to educate the citizens and citizen-leaders for our society. We do this through our commitment to the transformative power of a liberal arts and sciences education.
Beginning in the classroom with exposure to new ideas, new ways of understanding, and new ways of knowing – students embark on a journey of intellectual transformation. We imbed that in a diverse living environment, where our students live with people who are studying things that are different from them, who come from different walks of life, and have evolving identities. This not only deepens the intellectual transformation, but also creates the conditions for a social transformation – who they are, and how they relate to others. And out of this, we hope our students begin to fashion their lives: what they want to do with their gifts and talents, what their values and interests are, and how they can best serve the world - a personal transformation.