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Harvard’s local and statewide impact

Learn more about the work we do across Cambridge, Boston, and Massachusetts in our annual reports.

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  • $19.3 million

    in scholarships awarded to Harvard College students from MA in 2020-2021 academic year.

  • $913 million

    in research funding attracted to Massachusetts by Harvard in the 2021 fiscal year.

  • 4,465

    patents held by Harvard as of July 2021.

  • 5th

    largest employer of Massachusetts residents.

  • $1.3 billion

    in construction, supplies, and services directed towards Massachusetts-based companies and organizations in the 2021 fiscal year.

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Harvard Museum of Natural History

The Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH) presents lectures and exhibitions to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the human place in it. HMNH also offers yearlong adult classes, professional development for educators, kids programs, and family activities.

Discover more at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

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Harvard Ed Portal

The Harvard Ed Portal brings the Harvard and Allston-Brighton communities together through learning, exploring ideas, and embracing a diversity of participants. Programs include programs for youth and adults; including K-12 mentoring, clubs, arts, career and economic development, wellness, and digital and online learning opportunities.

  • 106 Allston-Brighton students participated across youth programs, including mentoring and free academic support.
  • 1,650 Boston residents participated across all the workforce development programs.
  • $350,000+ in estimated sales generated by vendors, including through the online Winter Market.
  • $3 million in Harvard funding provided in support of affordable homeownership in Allston-Brighton through the All Bright Homeownership Program.

Explore opportunities at the Harvard Ed Portal

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The HarvardX portal enables learners around the globe to gain access to Harvard’s collection of free online courses. Online courses in a variety of subjects can be audited for free or students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee.

Explore HarvardX courses

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LabXchange, developed by Harvard, is a free science education platform that brings the lab virtually anywhere by curating and creating world-class digital content. Teachers, families, and individuals can use this resource to learn or teach online with virtual classrooms, lab simulations, and more.

  • 26,000+ Massachusetts educators, students, and lifelong learners supported.
  • 110 school and institutional collaborators.

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