Established

Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, established in 1636 by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Faculty

About 2,400 faculty members and more than 10,400 academic appointments in affiliated teaching hospitals

Students

  • Harvard College: About 6,700
  • Graduate and professional students: About 14,500
  • Total: About 21,000

Alumni

More than 323,000 living alumni, over 271,000 in the U.S., nearly 52,000 in some 201 other countries.

Honors

47 Nobel Laureates, 32 heads of state, 48 Pulitzer Prize winners

Motto

Veritas (Latin for “truth”)

Real Estate Holdings

5,083 acres

Library Collection

The Harvard Library—the largest academic library in the world—includes 18.9 million volumes, 174,000 serial titles, an estimated 400 million manuscript items, 10 million photographs, 56 million archived web pages, and 5.4 terabytes of born-digital archives and manuscripts. Access to this rich collection is provided by nearly 1,000 library staff members who operate more than 70 separate library units.

Faculties, Schools, and an Institute

Harvard University is made up of 11 principal academic units – ten faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The ten faculties oversee schools and divisions that offer courses and award academic degrees.

More Information

These numbers come from many sources, including the Harvard University Fact Book and the Annual Financial Report to the Board of Overseers of Harvard College. Sign up for the Daily Gazette to receive highlights about faculty news, research projects, staff developments, student life, and daily events in your inbox.

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